Guinea pig boarding facilities offer care and accommodation for your small pets when you are unable to look after them yourself.
There can be for several reasons why you might need to board your guinea pigs, including a family holiday, moving home, having a baby or if you need to be in hospital for a period of time.
There are many small pet boarding services throughout the UK, some of which offer short term boarding and others that offer a longer term option if required. Some guinea pig hotels offer more luxurious accommodation whereas others will be more basic.
Facilities at a guinea pig boarding facility will vary and it is important you find out exactly what they offer and how your guinea pigs will be cared for over the period you are away.
Some of the questions you might want to ask are:
We cannot stress enough that you should always visit the place where you are planning to board your guinea pigs.
Most people are honest and care deeply about small animals and that is why they run these piggy hotels and homes. However, there will always be those that are not so ethical. Checking the service and accommodation in advance will mean you can enjoy your holiday and relax without constantly worrying if they are being properly looked after.
Some pet hotels have webcams set up. This is a great feature and you can also be fairly sure that a boarding service with a webcam is most likely going to take good care of them too.
However, don’t be put off if they don’t have this service as many guinea pig boarders won’t offer this and it is no reflection on the excellent service they may provide.
Prices for boarding your small pets will vary depending on your location, the facilities available for your guinea pigs, the number of guinea pigs you are boarding at one time and the length of time they will be in their holiday home.
As a very rough guide you can expect to pay anywhere between £4 and £10 (can be more depending on where you live) for a pair of guinea pigs with the cheaper daily rates being for longer periods. You may find that some will charge a higher rate if they offer more luxurious accommodation.
If you have more than two guinea pigs sharing accommodation you may get a discounted rate for the additional piggies.
Catteries and kennels for cats and dogs do need a licence but small animal boarders do not. This is why it is vital you check them out yourself and make sure you are comfortable with leaving your guinea pigs in their care.
When putting your pets into boarding, one of the significant costs is often the vaccinations that catteries, kennels and other pet boarders require. But unlike rabbits, cats or dogs, guinea pigs do not need any vaccinations to be boarded which can save you a lot of expense.