When I was younger my sister and I had a guinea pig called Lofty and a rabbit he was previously paired with named Harriet whom lived outside in a secure hutch for most of the year. Now at the time we were very young and despite researching about guinea pig and rabbit care with our parents, we only brought them inside during the winter season.
Now it wasn’t until I was 24 that I got my own small pets again after coming across Cookie and Gigi one christmas. Seeing as they were both still so young, they stayed inside as indoor pets for many months and it was during this time that I got thinking about the benefits of doing so. From then on I’ve always kept my guinea pigs indoors because I feel there’s lots of positives to it and here’s a few reasons why!
- I can enjoy them more and build a closer bond with my pigs.
- It’s easier to learn the piggies habits and quirks , knowing when they’re not acting themselves and require a vet visit which I might miss in an outdoor hutch.
- They cheer me up everyday ( but also keep me up at night!). I don’t know if any of you feel the same way, but I find a lot of comfort in my guinea pigs. When I can’t sleep at night or if I’m feel a little blue or unwell , they’re there for me and regardless are happy to sit with me for many a while.
- They become more tame and social because they’re around me more and get used to human contact.
- I know they’re safe. It sadly does happen where wild foxes can break into outdoor hutch areas and so this stresses the importance of ensuring they’re secure and safe. I feel reassured in that by having my piggies with me indoors they’re safe from any danger outside.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Why do you keep your #guineapigs indoors? Would you have it any other way?
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