Small Pet 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:
 
* One extendable 2×4 (up to ~4×4) cage for 2-5 guinea pigs.
* Three 2×3 cages for 1-2 guinea pigs each.
Please note that babyproof cages are available for young guinea pigs under 4 months of age
 
 
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, having extensive experience in not only managing over 30 of my own guinea pigs in all these 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, 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 day (Member: £4 /day)
1 pair (2 sharing): £10 per day (Member: £7 /day)
Trio (3 sharing): £13 per day (Member: £8.50 /day)
4 or more sharing: £15 per day (Member: £10 /day)

If you are looking to book your pets in to be boarded at short notice (in the next 5 days or fewer) we require 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 marginally 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 a rescue or having to manage another organisation on the side – not that there is anything wrong with that! This is just what 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…keeping 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.

*actual 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 control) in a suitably sized C&C cage with anti-chew edging;
– bedding on fleece, which is dry and hygienic and suited to all guinea pigs of all ages and health backgrounds;
– 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 hayJust Grass, and Graze On or Readigrass;
– fresh vegetables daily (small amounts of a small but high-quality variety);
– basic groom for each guinea pig – nail clipping, Boys Bits, grease glands, ear cleaning and bath;
– full basic health check with written report and weight check;
– text, photo and video updates sent to you;
– access to a secure lawn in appropriate weather, if the guinea pigs are used to being put to lawn.

Dry food is provided, however we recommend bringing your pigs’ own dry food along with you. We also 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 and soft toys 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 plus 50p per mile as calculated to and from PE29 1PF 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, Buckden, the Offords, RAF Wyton, Houghton & Wyton, St Ives, Warboys, and Ramsey.

Mobile Services: For holiday cover in your home, prices start from £7 per day; please contact me directly for a quote.

For at-home holiday cover, I can serve:
Huntingdon, Hartford, Oxmoor, Godmanchester, Brampton, Hinchingbrooke, RAF Wyton, Houghton & Wyton.

 

 
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 a very 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 texts or messenger-app messages 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 how they are 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!

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, 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.
 
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: