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!

 

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 currently able to board 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, 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 for eating and foraging.
– fresh vegetables daily (small amounts of a variety).
– free nail clipping, “boys bits” clean, and ear cleaning for each guinea pig.
– text and photographic 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 I recommend bringing your own, as your piggies will be familiar with that food.
 
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, the Hemingfords, RAF Wyton, 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 & Hugo, 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: