Guinea Pig Boarding

HOLIDAY BOARDING FOR GUINEA PIGS

 
 
I’m delighted to be able to offer several cosy, indoor cage spaces for groups of up to 5 guinea pigs in my home on the outskirts of central Huntingdon (PE29 1).
 
 
WHAT SPACE DO YOU HAVE?
 
Obviously availability depends on what bookings are already in the diary, so if you are in need of holiday or weekend care for your guinea pigs, get in touch ASAP so that I can secure space for your furry friends.
 
I get very busy every half-term, Bank Holiday, summer holiday and over Christmas so please do book early. I do not charge extra for boarding at these peak times.
 
At the moment my setup is as follows:
 
* Indoors
* C&C cages (cubes and correx)
* One 2×6 cage for up to 4 guinea pigs, plus four 2×3 cages for up to 2 guinea pigs each
* Can be adapted to six 2×3 cages for up to 2 guinea pigs each if there are no larger groups due in
* Babyproof cages are available for guinea pigs under 4 months of age
* Water bottles, food bowls and bedding are all supplied
* All food supplied
* Air-cooled/centrally heated room in the heart of a quiet adult-only household, where the only other animals are my own 3 guinea pigs!
 
 
Regrettably I am not able to board rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and other such small pets as I do not have the space or enough experience and specialism in their care.
 

SPECIALIST IN GUINEA PIG CARE AND WELFARE
 
With a long history in working in almost every area of the field with guinea pigs, I specialise in particular in caring for the elderly, infirm, and those with nervous or behavioural issues, and those with temporary, chronic and terminal illnesses. I have noted experience in not only managing over 30 of my own guinea pigs in all these varied states over the years, but also those belonging to other people. So if you are looking for someone able to keep an expert eye on your guinea pigs’ condition and someone who is able to give any medications/supplements they need every day and night, or just someone with a patient, gentle, and understanding but firm touch – I am your woman.
 

 
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
 
The price depends on the number of guinea pigs staying and the length of the stay, and also whether you’re a Tiny Paws Member or not. Members do not get priority over bookings, and all pets whether paid up members or not are treated equally. The only difference is that members are entitled to a 30% daily discount.

Our boarding prices (public, non-member) are:

1 single: £6 per night (Member: £4 /night)
1 pair (2 sharing): £10 per night (Member: £7 /night)
Trio (3 sharing): £13 per night (Member: £8.50 /night)
4 or more sharing: £15 per night (Member: £10 /night)

If you are looking to book your pets in to be boarded at short notice (in the next 3 days or fewer) we reserve the right to request a £5 surcharge to accommodate any changes necessary to our prior plans and setup.

If you have multiple guinea pigs not sharing a cage, each separate cage/grouping required will be costed as a separate booking, as many of our costs incurred come as a result of the cage spaces themselves being occupied and requiring materials and attention.

THE BREAKDOWN OF OUR BOARDING COSTS

The reason we charge a little above the average cost of boarding for guinea pigs (and it is only marginally higher) is due to the high standard of care, level of expertise, and devotion specifically to one species only. We aren’t running another organisation on the side – not that there is anything wrong with that! – and we don’t look after any other species. This is exclusively we do: for us, it isn’t an extra service or an initiative, it is what we dedicate ourselves to. Grooming and boarding guinea pigs…we keep it simple, so we personally can offer you what we expect to be offered ourselves.

Due to limited spaces being available – as the piggies are staying in the heart of our home – the quality of care and degree of attention given to your guineas is by its very nature greater than that which might be offered by other facilities who usually also board other species of animal and have a much higher turnover. At Tiny Paws, it’s intimate, it’s personal, it’s very much a family feel but with the essential professional edge. Every pig is treated as our own, and every owner walks away saying they “can relax and have full peace of mind knowing their babies are safe and loved”* with us. And we believe that’s worth paying just that little bit extra for.

*direct quote from a regular client

If you’re still not sure, here is a breakdown of exactly what you get for your money:

– indoor housing year-round (climate and temperature control – central heating in winter, air-cooling in summer);
– C&C cage meeting the minimum size standards with anti-chew edging and each cage with its own safe LED lighting;
– hybrid bedding setup comprising both fleece and oodles of hay and newspaper;
– cage cleaned of all loose debris and droppings daily, and full cage cleans every 5 days or as needed;
– suitable toys for comfort and enrichment;
– unlimited quantities of the best quality Oxbow Orchard Grass hay, Orchard Grass from TimothyHay.co.uk, plus Pure GrassGraze On or Readigrass;
– fresh vegetables daily (small amounts, high quality, fed in tidbits throughout the day to protect their grazing-oriented digestive systems);
– selection of nugget feeds, stocked up on multiple brands (plain pellet feeds only, no muesli);
– full groom for each guinea pig – nail clipping, foot spurs, Boys Bits, grease glands, ear cleaning, and haircut and bath if needed;
– full basic health and weight check;
– text, photo and video updates sent to you (via WhatsApp or Messenger);
– access to a secure lawn in appropriate weather, if the guinea pigs are used to being put to lawn;
– professional photo shoot where weather, lighting and piggy behaviour permits!

As stated, all food including hay, dry food and fresh veg is included in the price. You are however welcome to provide your pigs’ own dry food and treats.

We recommend bringing any of your guinea pigs favourite toys with them, to help make them feel at home here, though we do have plenty of hideys, tunnels, soft toys and of course hay to keep them entertained!

 
 
 
 
DO YOU COLLECT AND DROP-OFF GUINEA PIGS? CAN YOU OFFER HOLIDAY COVER IN MY HOME?
 
Yes, on both counts. 
 
Collection & Drop-Off: This service costs £5 to cover my travel and time expenses, in addition to the service you have booked your pigs in for.

As a rough guide I can offer a collection/drop-off service to:
Huntingdon, Hartford, Oxmoor, Godmanchester, Brampton, Hinchingbrooke, the Stukeleys, Alconburys, Buckden, the Offords, St Neots, RAF Wyton, Kings Ripton, Houghton & Wyton, St Ives, Needingworth, Old Hurst, Warboys, Somersham, Bluntisham, Bury and Ramsey.

Mobile Services: For at-home holiday cover, I can serve:
Huntingdon, Hartford, Oxmoor, Godmanchester, the Stukeleys, Brampton, Hinchingbrooke, RAF Wyton, Houghton & Wyton and St Ives.

If you require holiday cover and I cannot fit your piggies in here, for example if I’m fully booked or if you have more piggies than I can cater for here, then I am able to offer a daily drop-in service. Although not my preferred method of holiday cover, as I cannot monitor the piggies frequently throughout the day and night (important in hot weather), it is adequate for the majority of owners who just want someone to pop in for 20 minutes a day to feed, clean and make sure their pets are alive, healthy and happy!

At the moment for holiday cover in your home, if you are within 5 miles of Huntingdon, the cost starts at £7 per day, or £5 per day for members. This may be subject to increase if lots of cages/hutches need cleaning while you are away, or if you require additional time e.g. supervising time on the lawn for an hour each day. Please contact me direct for a full quote.

 

 
I WORRY ABOUT LEAVING MY PETS WHEN I GO AWAY…
 
I know that worry, and I understand that fear. And particularly how heart-wrenching it is leaving a very elderly or sick guinea pig in someone else’s care. I’ve been there, I understand it. To the degree I took my pigs with me, several times. In fact, I still do where I can!
You will receive messenger-app texts and photos of your guinea pigs whilst you are away, as I know how stressful it can be leaving these small but characterful members of your family behind when you have to go away. Seeing how they are each day gives you peace of mind as you will be able to see that they are OK and that they are being kept as promised.
You can also contact me at any time for an update, day or night, and I will respond as soon as I see your message. I’m usually around from 10am to midnight, so don’t worry about waking me up, though I can’t promise I won’t have my hands full of guinea pig!
 

 
HOW DO I BOOK IN WITH YOU?
 
You are very welcome to come and meet me and my boys Wilbur, George & Hugo, and see the kind of life they live; a lifestyle I replicate with all of my holiday boarders. Every guinea pig that crosses my threshold becomes part of the Tiny Paws family. You’ll be able to see the setup, the official paperwork confirming our insurance/DBS check/awards, and I can show you all my credentials when it comes to guinea pig care – published books and magazine articles, information sheets, leaflets – and you’ll be able to see that I take the care of your guinea pigs just as seriously as I take care of my own boys.
 
09/06/2021
Please note that until the pandemic has officially ceased, it may not always be possible to permit access to visitors wishing to view the premises. A virtual tour will be made available shortly. Please view our Covid-19 Policy for details.
 
If you would like to get in touch, either for a viewing and/or to book your guinea pigs in, please do get in touch:
 
  
 
 

Page last updated: 9 June 2021