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    Question Can you keep Guinea pigs outside?

    Hi, I live in North Georgia in the U.S and I want to get two guinea pigs but I don't have much space in my house, so I want to keep them outside almost all day with maybe some cooling & in the shade with a few sunning spots. I have heard that they are really sensitive to temperature, and it can get pretty hot down here. I've tried to search it but can't find anything relevant to my situation, probably cause everyone already knows the answer . Any help is appreciated, Thanks!!

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    Re: Can you keep Guinea pigs outside?

    Short answer?

    It's a bad idea. Not only are they temperature sensitive, they are also susceptible to other outdoor critters. Bugs, snakes, predatory birds and other things like that. If you can't keep them safely indoors, it's probably best that you don't get them.

    Anything much above 75 degrees, and you're risking heat stroke. Heat stroke is generally fatal for a pig.

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    Re: Can you keep Guinea pigs outside?

    No, you definitely can't keep guinea pigs outside in Georgia. And they need pretty big cages -- a pair of sows will need 8-10 square feet, and boars around 12 square feet. You might want to investigate a pet that doesn't need as much room, or that use a tall, multi-level cage. Those aren't suitable for guinea pigs.

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    Re: Can you keep Guinea pigs outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    Short answer?

    It's a bad idea. Not only are they temperature sensitive, they are also susceptible to other outdoor critters. Bugs, snakes, predatory birds and other things like that. If you can't keep them safely indoors, it's probably best that you don't get them.

    Anything much above 75 degrees, and you're risking heat stroke. Heat stroke is generally fatal for a pig.

    Thanks for the info, I will try looking into some cages. Or maybe a different pet :/
    I would NOT want anything like heat stroke or getting eaten happen .

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    Re: Can you keep Guinea pigs outside?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    No, you definitely can't keep guinea pigs outside in Georgia. And they need pretty big cages -- a pair of sows will need 8-10 square feet, and boars around 12 square feet. You might want to investigate a pet that doesn't need as much room, or that use a tall, multi-level cage. Those aren't suitable for guinea pigs.

    Got it, I knew they needed a lot of room, but not THAT much .

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