How Cold Is Too Cold For Guinea Pigs?


Guinea pigs are incredibly resilient creatures able to withstand a wide range of temperatures.

However there is a point where it can get too cold for them and they will start to suffer from hypothermia.

At what temperature does this occur? Unfortunately there is no definitive answer as every guinea pig is different and will have different tolerance levels.

However as a general guide if the temperature outside drops below 10°C (50°F) it is probably too cold for your guinea pig and you should start to take steps to warm them up.

There are a few signs to look out for which will indicate that your guinea pig is starting to feel the cold.

Firstly they will start to huddle together and may even start to shiver.

They may also start to move less and seem less active in general.

If you notice any of these signs it’s time to take action to warm them up.

The first thing you should do is move them into a warmer area.

If you can bring them inside the house and put them in a room that is around 20°C (68°F).

If this isn’t possible then try to create a makeshift ‘hut’ for them using a cardboard box or something similar.

Line this with some towels or blankets to insulate them from the cold and place a hot water bottle or a bag of rice wrapped in a towel inside to provide some extra warmth.

Once you’ve done this monitor your guinea pig closely to make sure they are starting to warm up.

If they don’t seem to be improving or if they start to show signs of hypothermia (such as weakness lethargy or difficulty breathing) then you should take them to the vet immediately.

Guinea pigs are very susceptible to the cold so it’s important to take steps to keep them warm during the winter months.

If you’re unsure whether the temperature is too cold for your guinea pig err on the side of caution and take steps to warm them up.