Small Pet Boarding

HOLIDAY BOARDING FOR GUINEA PIGS

(and other small pets*)

 
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).
 
 
WHAT SPACE DO YOU HAVE?
 
Obviously availability depends on bookings, so if you are in need of holiday or weekend care for your guinea pigs, get in touch ASAP so that I can secure room for your furry friends!

 

At the moment my setup is as follows, and thus ready for:
 
* One extendable 2×4 (up to ~4×4) cage for 2-5 guinea pigs.
* One 2×3 cage for 1-2 guinea pigs.
Please note that babyproof cages are available for young guinea pigs under 4 months of age
 
 
Whilst I do not currently own any housing for hamsters, gerbils and other such small pets, I am happy to board these pets if you are able to bring them in their own cage and with their own bedding and food. Please scroll down the page to the purple text to get more details about what I am/am not able to do to help.
 

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, but as a guideline figure, you can expect a pair of guinea pigs sharing a cage to cost ~£7 per day.
 
This price includes:
– indoor housing year-round (climate control) in a large C&C cage.
– bedding on fleece, which is dry and hygienic and suited to all guinea pigs of all ages.
– suitable toys for enrichment.
– cage cleans as required.
– unlimited supplies of the best quality Oxbow Orchard Grass hay, and Readigrass.
– fresh vegetables daily (small amounts of a variety) and limited amounts of fruit.
– free nail clipping, “boys bits” clean, and ear cleaning for each guinea pig.
– text and photographic updates sent to you (if requested).
– access to a secure lawn in appropriate weather, if the guinea pigs are used to being put to lawn.
 
Dry food is provided at an extra cost of £1 per guinea pig per stay. However you can avoid this additional cost by bringing your own dry food along with you, and this is something I personally recommend doing.
 
I also recommend bringing any of your guinea pigs favourite toys with them, to help make them feel at home here, though I do have plenty of hideys and soft toys to keep them entertained!
 
 
Discounts are offered at my discretion, usually for larger numbers of guinea pigs, and for any guinea pigs staying 7 or more days. Tiny Paws Family Members are also entitled to reduced rates.
 

 
DO YOU COLLECT AND DROP-OFF GUINEA PIGS?
 
Yes. I’m now able to offer a collection/drop-off service for guinea pig grooming within a ~5-mile radius of Huntingdon. As a rough guide I can offer to collect and drop-off from: Huntingdon, Hartford, Godmanchester, Brampton, Hinchingbrooke, the Stukeleys, Kings Ripton, Hemingford Grey, Houghton & Wyton and St Ives.There is an additional time and cost element for the collection/drop-off service, however. I’ll need to work more to my own timetable (though I will work with you to arrange suitable timings) and I charge an additional £5 to cover my travel and time expenses.

Contact me directly to discuss this further if you’re interested.
 

 
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!
 
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 typically around from 9am to 1am the next morning, 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, and see the kind of life they, a lifestyle I replicate with all of my holiday boarders. Every guinea pig – or other small pet – 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:
 
 

FINALLY….DO YOU BOARD OTHER SMALL PETS?

 
This is a grey area for me at the moment (despite the purple writing!) as I’m only starting up, and my predominant area of experience is, as you might have guessed, with guinea pigs.
 
However – I have cared for hamsters before (we’ve had 3 in the family in the past 10 years), and I have excellent contacts and resources I can call upon around the world for hedgehogs, rats, degus, gerbils, mice et al. If you were happy for me to look after your smaller pet, I will of course take on all details of their lifestyle and their individual requirements from you (standard procedure for all boarders) and do additional research myself for everything I should know. If you are able to bring these smaller pets in their cages and provide their food and bedding – this not only helps them feel less unsettled, which is very important, but it also covers the fact I presently don’t provide my own suitable housing for them – then I would be very happy to take care of them and to learn very quickly the idiosyncrasies of the different species.
 
Naturally, boarding services for all smaller animals would be at a reduced rate to account for the above factors. As a guideline you could expect to be able to board your small animal for £3 per cage, per day.
 
 
AND…RABBITS?
 
I would be able to care for 2 dwarf rabbits in the spaces I have available, but I would need notice to ensure I can extend the cage to size and secure them so that they have appropriate housing. Having had voluntary experience in a rabbit and guinea pig rescue, I am very able to care for rabbits, even though my knowledge on them is not as extensive as it is with guinea pigs. I have a friend who has spent as long working with rabbits as I have with guinea pigs, so she is on speed-dial for all things rabbit should I need it! When it comes to boarding however, it is only space that means I have to limit my boarding services for them.