Times have changed for guinea pigs when it comes to housing. Back in the day, it was the norm to plop them in a grass hutch and leave them outside permanently. These days, it is becoming increasingly more common to house them indoors.
Indoor housing has a lot of benefits:
- it is safer for them, they are prey animals constantly at risk from larger predators
- summers are hot, winters are cold. Guinea pigs cannot sweat and so heatstroke is a big killer, especially with our brutal QLD summers
- as I already mentioned, they have amazing little personalities when given the opportunity to feel comfortable in their home. Having them indoors makes them a part of the family, and they are more likely to trust humans and become happy, comfortable little critters instead of being cautious prey animals
There are some amazing indoor enclosures available now too, as well as soft, absorbent fleece bedding that has so many benefits for their health and their cute little feets.
And importantly, generally, outdoor hutches and some commercial cages are just too small to allow piggies to run around and do all the fun things they enjoy - zoomies and popcorns! :(
Guinea pigs really benefit from having a decent amount of space with a large surface area. You may find a lot of rescues have a minimum size requirement for adoptions.