Do You Let Your Guinea Pigs Have Outdoor Time?

@Pigglies (9339)
United States
March 25, 2008 10:38pm CST
I don't generally, I am way too afraid. There are so many things that could happen. The few times that I have done it, I've been right there literally no more than 2 feet away the entire time. We have hawks in the area, there is always a risk of heat stroke, and a bunch of other things could happen. I just find it too dangerous. Occasionally I'll get some grass from people who grow it indoors, but generally my piggies are fine with their assortment of veggies. They get time outside of their cages (which are large anyway, see www.guineapigcages.com for the type of cages I use), but just not in the great outdoors.
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@jetta12 (94)
• United States
26 Mar 08
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo,I used to have TT on the floor,she only went into her cage to eat,or drink water.But I wouldnt put them outdoor. I only put Missy on the floor in the hall way since its small,so she can run around in there.Dont trust outdoor.
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11 May 08
What about a wooden run enclosed on all sides and on the roof too! Or a chicken arc, that way your pig can have some sun and be completely safe. I do not let mine free range around the garden but I use runs and arcs when it is very warm.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
12 May 08
I guess that would work if you have the yard for it. And as long as it's not too warm (out here they'd probably still suffer heat stroke unless I did that at 5am).
@freak369 (5038)
• United States
1 Apr 08
In the summer when it isn't too humid they spend a few hours outside but they are in a run or something where the crows and hawks can't get to them. Sadly, they are extremely spoiled little pigs who much prefer hopping around inside in the air conditioning than outside. I have only myself to blame for that LOL
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I think mine are spoiled like that too. They'd much rather run around the house.
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@Breath (1297)
• United States
27 Mar 08
I have a guinea pig also.I take her outside sometimes and hold her.I think they are like anything or anyone elese and need fresh air and sunshine.My pig enjoys her time outside.If I feel like it is safe enough I will just let her wonder through the grass.You can check on buying a leash for your guinea pig that way you can set him in the grass and still have controle where he goes.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Yeah, I've tried some of those guinea pig leashes before. They don't really work because they can get right out anyway. But it's easy enough to contain them with fencing, it's the hawks you have to worry about.
• United States
26 Mar 08
I have let my guinea pig outside before, but like you I stayed right by her the whole entire time. My mom sometimes gets grass and stuff from the yard for her. If we're outside, sometimes we will bring her outside in her cage, that was she can get some fresh air and what not.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
17 Nov 08
My cages are too large to easily move them outside, but I do sometimes use a fencing I have for letting them have some fun outside. Although, not all of mine enjoy it enough to make it worth the trouble. I will sometimes bring in some grass or even rose petals for them though like you say.
• United States
26 Mar 08
Small animal Play Pen - This is a play pen for small animals. It can be used inide and outside.
I dont have a piggy but I would let him out if the weather was nice. There are a few things you can do to make it safe for them and make it so you dont worry. You could get them a harness and leash and walk them around outside. You could get a play pen for small animals and put them in there. They are tall enough they cant get out and big enough they have room to roam. You can find them in the pet stores. They come in metal or wood depending on where you go. They are fairy inexpencive as well.{piture attatched} I would only take them out for 15-20 minutes at a time so they dont get heat exaustion. You could spray them down with some water if you feel they are to hot. It is good for them to get outside.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
26 Mar 08
The picture of the pen you posted is actually a very flimsy pen, I've had one before. My thoughts on pens are, if you're using a pen because you are right there but have piggies that might run off (i.e., not the senile piggies that I rarely take outside), that's okay. But a lot of people use them to leave piggies unattended. I know of too many cases where hawks got to them or even a neighbors dog or even their own dog that they thought was locked away. My cages are bigger than those pens anyway, so I'm not letting them outside for exercise purposes. Harnesses work well for taking cats outside, but they don't work as nicely with guinea pigs. Guinea pigs aren't a good shape for harnesses, plus their behaviorial patterns do not lend them to be walked easily. They won't get any exercise with the harness like a dog would (I'm not even sure a cat would really exercise with a harness on?). You can get heat exhaustion in 20 minutes. That's why I only take mine out at dawn or dusk. And that's another reason they rarely if ever get any outdoor time. I'm not generally going to wake up extra early just to let them play outside. Spraying them with water would be bad for their health. I suppose if someone wasn't going to watch the pigs and for some reason they had to be outside for a moment, the frozen water bottle for them to lay next to might help though. I'm not sure if it's actually good for them to get outside. Most of my guinea pigs don't even enjoy it. But I've had a few that did (mostly seniors). So I would take them outside and watch them slowly walk around and graze. But I couldn't do anything but be out there watching them.
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27 Mar 08
Yes, I let my piggies have outdoor time. We have a special pen that has a space they can go into if they want to escape from the sun, but it also has a cages outdoor area complete with a caged top so that it stops any hawks or cats attacking. We always supervise them while they are outside and never leave them unattended, especially seen as we have a pet cat. However, the piggies seem to be quite happy having outdoor time as long as we don't leave them out for too long, 30 minutes s more than enough.
• Romania
16 Nov 08
I let mine out from time to time on the balcony or the carpet. I live in a building block so grass is not quite at hand. I pet him from time to time, the furry little rascal.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
17 Nov 08
Mine love the carpet and tile areas of our house. I have finches out on the balcony and they love that area though, except once when a hawk landed on top of their cage they looked pretty scared even though it is totally hawk/predator proof.
@jetta12 (94)
• United States
10 Aug 08
Hi, No I don't let my piggy outdoor,I keep her in,we get on the floor and play.To many things can go wrong and you might not be fast enought to stop it.I had one piggy that stayed on the floor,she had the run of my bedroom.She would go on the other side of the house with me,but not outside.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Yeah, that's how I am usually. I'm too afraid that something will go wrong. With my rabbits especially I won't even take them outside for photos since I know how fast they run. I did finally take the 13 year old rabbit outside the other day though to brush him since he's shedding. And he is probably slow enough now that if I took photos outside it would be okay. I used to take him outside when we first got him, but then I realized how dangerous our yard really is with the spots in the fence where pets could easily leave. And the hawks.
• United States
5 Aug 08
Sqweeky is very spoiled. I keep him in a roomy cage in the living room so he can see us everyday. I only take him out to run around in the living room. He seems to like the carpet and hates the tile flooring. I have to watch him when he is out though as I don't want accidents with him chewing cords or leaving poop everywhere. He is only out about 10 minutes at a time. I have tried taking him outside but he just sits there and does nothing. Guess he prefers the living room. :)
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
6 Aug 08
Haha, that sounds like my pigs. They are so spoiled that they love the carpeted floors. I actually use rugs instead of actual carpet, but it's the same type of feel to it. I've got two girls I'm fostering right now that are just so cute. They have long hair so their little mop butts are so hilarious as the hair is just flowing on them as they run around.