Winter care advice – rabbits and guinea pigs
- Position a hutch so that wind, rain, snow or sleet can’t blow in. Cover the front with an old blanket or sacking, and add extra bedding
- If the weather’s particularly bad, move the hutch into an unused garage or shed. It’s better to keep guinea pigs inside in winter, in a conservatory or unused garage
- You can get insulated water bottle covers for winter. Nevertheless, check them regularly to make sure your pet can access water
- Your pet still needs to have access to their run during the day so they can get their regular exercises
- Provide lots of good quality hay as rabbits and guinea pigs need more calories to keep them warm
- Make sure your hutch is sturdy enough to survive the attentions of a determined predator – foxes and badgers are bolder than usual in the winter when they’re hungry
- Hutches/cages and enclosures should be brought indoors into a quiet room, or into a garage or shed.
- Alternatively, turn the enclosure around so it faces a wall or fence.
- Provide extra bedding for your pet to burrow into.
- Cover aviaries or hutches with thick blankets or a duvet to block out the sight of the fireworks and deaden the sound of the bangs – while still ensuring there’s ventilation.