I’m going on vacation soon and I figured this post would be useful.
I used to have a friend her took her guinea pig to Florida with her. Her pig was in a tiny pet store cage so it wasn’t too hard. However, I don’t think it’s a good idea to stress pets out with long car rides unless you have to (example: vet that is far away or you’re moving). I’m sure everyone reading this can see why the tiny cage thing is an issue.
A lot of people will say that you should stay home because you should have thought about vacations before you got a pet. I don’t think that’s fair. One or two small vacations a year isn’t a big deal. Boarding can be expensive and many places won’t board small animals. If you find a place that will they probably won’t care for them to your high standards. (Speaking from personal experience, anyway.) So what do you do when you have guinea pigs and want to go on vacation? Pet sitter!
I use my boyfriend because he’s the most wonderful Piggy Daddy a guinea pig can ask for. So here’s what I do to get my piggies ready for a weekend at Daddy’s house!
First you need to pick a person. The person should be someone you know well and trust. You need to trust that they’ll follow your directions and take care of your pigs as though they were their own. Your pigs should also know and trust this person. The person you pick should have the space and time to handle pigs. They should have handled your pigs before.
After you pick a person you’ll want to do it write down instructions for the pet sitter. You can be brief or thorough. It depends on the petsitters knowledge of guinea pigs. My boyfriend is constantly around my pigs and helps out often so he doesn’t need any written instructions. If I had a friend watch them I’d probably write absolutely everything down with tons of details because they’ve only ever pet them. Include instructions for giving them hay, pellets, water, and veggies. Don’t forget to talk about floortime, cuddle time, lighting, room temperature, and toys. Include the number to where you’ll be staying and definitely include your vet’s name, address, and phone number.
Next it’s packing time! Here’s pictures of everything I’ve packed for my pigs!
I measure out the veggies to make my boyfriend’s life easier. All he has to do is dump it on a plate. (Each bag is one day’s worth of food for all my pigs!)
Pictured here is their cage (pig blue thing). I made sure their cage for my boyfriend’s house was the same size as their cage at home.
We also have their pen which fits almost around their cage. Their cage will be against a wall so it’s okay that there will be a gap.
We have a box of hay and a bag of pellets.
Finally we have a bin of other supplies.
In the supply bin we have their toy box, a box of cleaning supplies, litter for their litter box (I forgot to take a picture of their litter box! Don’t forget to pack that!), tunnels,
dishes for them to eat off of, and their fleece bedding.
They don’t get fruit often but they love it. I figure they’ll miss me and wonder why their in a house they’ve only been to once before. I thought a treat would be nice. So I’m packing some raspberry, strawberries, and blueberries for them.
At the last minute I’ll back their beds and cuddly toys.
Their hay toys will also be packed as we walk out the door.
Don’t forget water bottles and pellet dishes!
This is my pigs travel cage, in case you were wondering. I also use it as their litter box when they travel because the bars of the pen are too high for water bottles!
When you drop off your pigs I recommend spending some time with them where they’ll be staying to make sure they’re adjusting okay.
I hope this helped! :)
I was locked out of my account and than BOTH my laptops broke. I’m starting school again soon (Yikes!) so I’ll have a new laptop in about a week or two. I’ll start posting again once everything is settled down. I’m also going to start making Youtube videos again, except I plan on taking it a lot more serious this time. I have a list of like 30 ideas but if you guys have any just let me know! And don’t think I forgot about that giveaway! I’ll work on that soon too. I’ve been inspired to take this guinea pig stuff super seriously. (I’ll share that story later too!) I’m going to write one post right now and than I’ll see you guys whenever I get a computer!
I was locked out of my Tumblr for the longest time. For some reason the password reset emails weren’t working. One FINALLY came through! :D
I’m sorry, I need to rant. This is probably inappropriate to write on a blog that is supposed to be for educating and cute pictures, but I need to say something.
I started off with the guinea pig community here on Tumblr. Eventually I discovered the guinea pig community on Reddit too. (/r/guineapigs). There’s so many people on both websites who have no clue what they’re doing and when you try to help them they attack you!
Since the guinea pig tag on Tumblr can’t be moderated there’s not much we can do about it. I sometimes send messages to people trying to explain things. 98% of the time I just get hate mail sent back.
But OMG REDDIT! There’s moderators and rules on those forums. WHY do the mods let people basically abuse their pigs? Why are people with disgusting tiny cages allowed to post pictures? Why do the awesome piggy parents who try to educate people get made to look like assholes?
If someone posts a picture of their guinea pig in a pet store cage with bad bedding and a wire bottom and another person comments about C&C cages and fleece the person trying to help gets yelled at and downvoted.
I want to keep this Tumblr and my Reddit account and try to help as many piggies and piggy parents as possible. But I’d also like a piggy community that won’t be filled with pictures of basically abused pigs that make me cry.
I wish I knew when this was from. I clicked on my inbox by accident and it was there. I never got a notification. I’m so sorry. I hope I can still help you.
I think bedding takes longer to clean, if you have the proper sized cage. (You are planning a C&C cage, right? One guinea pig needs at least 7 square feet of space and you need to add an additional 2 square feet for every pig you add to the cage.) You’d have to sit there and scoop out all that bedding. It took me three house from start to finish with bedding. Fleece takes me about an hour. Fleece also doesn’t trigger my allergies as bad. The pigs like fleece better. I’d definitely recommend going with fleece. If for some reason you absolutely must use regular bedding use Carefresh!
It’s always better for your pig to have a friend. In some places, like Sweden (I think it was Sweden) it’s actually ILLEGAL to own only one pig. Guinea pigs are herd animals and they prefer to be in groups.
Yeah, definitely don’t breed your pets. Leave that to the professionals PLEASE! You need to know about genetics and all that. The chance you’ll kill your mother pig and end up with stillborn/sick guinea pigs is VERY high.
The gender does’t matter too much as long as they’re the same gender. I’ve heard that females are less likely to fight with each other. (Although regardless of gender expect some fighting for dominance. As long as no one is getting hurt, just let nature happen.) I know people with males and they’ve never complained.
Try finding a cavy rescue or check shelters before buying from a petstore. There’s tons of piggies that need a good, loving home!
Definitely continue to do research. It’s important! There’s lots of things about guinea pig that very few people know!
My favorite C&C cage store:
My favorite place for piggies toys, accessories, and fleece bedding:
(Just message her!)
Some links that will help you find a rescue: