I live in Arizona where we have unbelievably hot days and when I leave for work, I have been turning the air up to 80 to conserve energy. Being a new guinea pig owner, I had no idea that they were so susceptible to heat. I have also never heard of using a frozen water bottle or anything else. I will definitely start using the frozen bottles and maybe some of the other suggestions and not turning the air up so high when I leave.
- Partners in Crime
I also wanted to mention that I put an icepack in their cage the other day (again to test if they would use it), and they did sleep right next to it (not touching it directly). The problem was, they ate through the blue plastic! I was terrified it was toxic, but they've been fine ever since. I won't use those ever again - it's straight frozen water bottles for me!!
- Cavies 'n Cobwebs
My piggies will often scrape away any bedding to lie on just the newspaper, perhaps that's also a cooler option than fleece. How much you'll have left of it at the end of the day is questionable though!
- Partners in Crime
** PLEASE REMEMBER: PIGS CANNOT TOLERATE HEAT!!
(Even in the months that aren't typically hot, like April, when Bucky died.)
I am going to start taking precautions. This week we had a couple of hot days. I'm glad it doesn't get as hot here in Nova Scotia, Canada, but it was close to 80 degrees in the house, and we don't have AC.
I noticed that one of my piggies was laying on the plate where I usually put their veggies, instead of laying on the fleece.
It's time for me to start using the frozen water bottles.
they should not be able to bite their way through, but I cover it with a towel anyway. Keep one in the freezer and one in the cage so I can exchange them.
- Supporter 08-09 & 11-13
I worry on these hot days. Luckily, nothing serious has ever happened but if we ever lost our AC during a heat wave, we would have to move the piggies to the basement where it was cool.
I used 2 liter bottles and froze water in them and kept changing the water bottles. I did have a fan on them but at those temps it's just blowing hot air on them.
I'm sorry for your loss.