Below is a comprehensive breakdown of all the services and packages available and their prices.
To view the prices you would pay as a Tiny Paws Family Member, please refer to our Members Pricing document.
If you have a large number of guineas, or you are unsure which deal will be necessary, please use the form at the bottom of the page for a personal quote.
WE DO NOT CHARGE EXTRA FOR PEAK TIMES (half-term, summer holidays, Christmas) – OUR PRICES STAY THE SAME YEAR-ROUND.
Grooming services are offered in pre-set bundles. This is borne out of experience, providing the guinea pig with only the best level of care while giving you value for money.
Prices per guinea pig unless otherwise stated
* THE BASICS – £7.50 first guinea pig, £3 per extra pig
Nail trim, foot spur removal, ear clean, Boys Bits’ check/clean, basic health check
* SHORT FULL (short haired full groom) – £10 per pig
Nail trim, foot spur removal, ear clean, Boys Bits’ check/clean, basic health check, weight check, grease gland, bath and dry
* LONG FULL (long haired full groom) – £12 per pig
Haircut, nail trim, foot spur removal, ear clean, Boys Bits’ check/clean, basic health check, weight check, grease gland, bath and dry
The price for bonding boars, sows or mixed groups is the same, as in our experience no group bonding is likely to be easier than any other – regardless of gender!
The prices are as for holiday boarding plus a flat fee of £5 per night. We recommend you book your guineas in for a minimum of 2 nights to allow time for connections to establish.
We do ask that you book as far in advance as you can as we can get very busy, particularly at peak periods such as half-term, Christmas and the summer holidays. However, we don’t charge extra for these periods nor do we ask for additional funds to cover short-notice bookings.
Our boarding prices are:
1 single: £6 per night
1 pair (2 sharing): £10 per night
Trio (3 sharing): £13 per night
4 or more sharing: £15 per night
If you have multiple guineas NOT sharing a cage, each separate cage/grouping will be costed as a separate booking e.g. two single pigs living separately = 2 cages, therefore 2 singles = 2x £6 a night.
THE BREAKDOWN OF OUR BOARDING COSTS
The reason we charge slightly 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, huge numbers of other piggies or another species on the side – not that there is anything wrong with any of that by any means! Just for us, what you see here is just what we do: our boarding isn’t an extra service or add-on initiative, it is what we dedicate ourselves to – and strive to develop and progress in.
Grooming and boarding guinea pigs and providing literature and support to guinea pig owners…we are big on keeping it simple so we personally can offer you what we expect to be offered ourselves.
Due to very limited spaces being available – as the piggies are staying in the heart of our “bijou” maisonette which my husband and I also call 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 might board other species 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 streak. We’ve got the framed certificates on the wall and the publications we’ve been involved in. 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.
*actual quote from a customer
If you’re still not sure, here is a breakdown of exactly what you (and your beloved piggies) 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 Grass, Graze 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!
COLLECTION/DROP-OFF & MOBILE SERVICES
Collection & Drop-Off: This service costs £5 to and from PE29 1PF to cover my travel and time expenses. This is a flat fee to be paid in addition to the service you have booked your pigs in for. 50p per mile to be added beyond 5 miles.
Mobile Services: For mobile grooming the cost is £5 as calculated to and from PE29 1PF to cover my travel and time expenses. This is a flat fee to be paid in addition to the grooming package(s) you have booked your pigs in for.
As a rough guide I can offer a collection/drop-off/mobile 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.
I will happily consider travelling further afield but this will increase the callout cost by 50p per mile (as calculated by Google Maps’ fastest recommended route). Please contact me for a quote.
Alternatively, meeting at a halfway landmark to drop off/collect the pigs is an option but will require an overnight stay in addition to the groom.
For holiday cover in your home, prices start from £7 per day (£5 /day for members) but are strictly limited to Huntingdon, Hinchingbrooke, Hartford, Oxmoor, Brampton, Wyton and Godmanchester; please contact me directly for more details and a quote.
MEMBERSHIP – JOIN THE TINY PAWS FAMILY!
Membership to Tiny Paws is optional, anyone is welcome to use our services and to seek advice. However there are considerable benefits to joining the Tiny Paws Family at the small fee of £30 per year. This provides a full 12 months from the date of payment – and the fee stays the same no matter how many guinea pigs you have.
Membership permits the member to:
* Increased access and support
* Exclusive content
Please visit our Membership page for full information, and contact us directly if you are in any doubt as to what’s included.
HOW TO PAY
All payment is requested either before or upon collection (or upon submission of your Membership request if paying for membership) either by card, bank transfer, or PayPal. We have a secure card-reader on-site which provides both contactless and chip-and-pin payment options.
We do accept cash payments however we don’t typically keep any cash on the site, so cannot offer change; please bear this in mind if you wish to pay by cash.
Page last updated: 22 June 2021