- I GAVE, dammit!
I've seen soft plastic blankets of "Blue Ice" product that look interesting. They would have to be covered so that whatever chemical is inside would not get chewed out. There are other types of Blue Ice that have a hard plastic casings that might work.
I think I read someone else about wetting down a towel, draping it over the cage and having the fan blow on it to cool the guinea pigs. A fan will also circulate what little cold air there is from your air conditioner.
--freezing bottles of water or ice packs.
These can be placed on a shelf so the guinea pig can lie underneath the frozen item and have the cool air fall on them.
--tiles or bricks
Place tiles or bricks in the cage so the piggie can lie on them. They are good for dispersing heat.
-feed food high in water
My guinea pigs seem to especially like watermelon and cantaloupe when it gets hot. They always like cucumber, also high in water.
--Make sure there are extra water bottles.
I read somewhere about someone freezing or refrigerating the water bottle before hanging for guinea pig use.
--place guinea pig in the coolest room/space in the apartment. For some, that may be the porcelain bathroom tub.
Does anybody know if a dehumidifier helps?
I am also looking into removable window film that reportedly reduces the heat. The stuff sells at home improvement stores. Has anybody had any experience whether this works or not? I can specify some websites on this.
Note: In the morning/afternoon keep all windows closed and the drapes pulled. It’s a false illusion that opening a window during the day will make the inside cooler. When evening comes, then the drapes and windows can be open for fresh air and to catch any evening breeze.
If the apartment layout/lease/your budget lends to it, think about purchasing an air conditioner window unit to aid in keeping the place cool. Here they start around $80.
Maybe investing in a portable air conditioner is a practical solution. What’s nice about them is they don’t have to be placed in a window. They have wheels for easy mobility. The local discount store has one on sale for $398. A few years ago, they were over $1,000. The portable ones here have to be vented, usually through a window. However, they can also be vented into a closet or into a wall.
It’s been hot here also. Luckily, as I am an air conditioning junkie, I two window units, one in the living room and one in the bedroom.
My resident guinea pigs are in the living room where the programmable one is. I have it click on at noon and run at 68%. I keep a fan running always to help circulate the cold air.
My foster guinea pigs are in the bedroom. I keep a fan running there too. Since their cage is under/by the (non-programmable) air conditioner, I have draped the back of the cage with a blanket so no air will blow directly on them. In the morning before leaving, I set the air conditioning on ‘Low Cool’ for them.
Even though I won’t be too happy (insert scream) when the electric bill arrives, it’s worth it for the guinea pigs’ health.
- Scrapbook Addict
We give the pigs frozen water bottles and lots of wet veggies. They don't really use tiles. We also have a large floor fan that we angle away from the cage but it cools off the room.
It doesn't help that all our electronic equipment is in here so this room is normally 5 degrees hotter than the rest of the house, and 10 degrees hotter than outside.
I'm not even sure if the air is working at all. Each individual apartment has their own thermostat which is kind of nice. However, I put my hand near the vents and nothing was coming out! This building just opened last October, so the air has never been turned on. I wonder if something didn't break etc. now that all 100 or so units turned on their air, all at once!
Piggies seem to be doing better, but I think I will go to the store tonight and get some more cucumber and watermelon for them. I love pink piggie chins! Probably should make some more ice too.
Thanks again for the advice.
- My piggy made me give!
We decided to turn it off and open the windows (maybe the a/c was tired)? It's hot in here right now, but not unbearable. However, I'm nervous for tomorrow and the rest of this week, as temps are supposed to stay in the high 90's.
I've given lots of water on Gus's veggies, have ice cubes wrapped in a towel and have a water bottle freezing right now. The thing is, Gus ignores these things so I don't feel they are helpful. Is there anything else I can do? Or anything else I should worry about? I'm contemplating taking him to my sisters or parents right now, as I will be worried abuot him all day while I'm in work.
I have a call into maintenance to see if they will look at it, so fingers crossed.
I would also try putting their little sofas/cuddle cups in the fridge.
- Sewing for a Cause
When it's nice enough to open up and a touch on the warm side for them I just stuff some pillows pockets with ice packs & frozen water bottles to put in the cage. It helps soak up the condensation and helps them last longer.
- 4 the Good of all Pigs
There is something wrong with our downstairs air conditioner unit. We have to call someone out tomorrow. It's set at 78 but has been a steady 85 or more in certain rooms all day. And a whopping 98 outside. Feels like it was over 100 but after 90, every degree more feels like 100 to me!
I'm also going to try someone's idea on another thread of freezing pumpkin in ice cube trays.
Upstairs where the fosters are it is fine.