While at the grocery store, I was approached by a guinea pig inquiring which toilet paper was easiest on the fanny. The guinea pig had three of the most popular brands of toilet paper in his cart and couldn’t make up his mind on which to buy. I was about to tell the guinea pig which brand to buy and then I woke up. It was all a dream!
Did you know that a guinea pig eats its poop? It’s called Coprophagy and it’s essential to a guinea pig’s diet, but that furry poop eating cutie pie also helps keep the cage clean by eating the poop. I decided to do some research and found that Chewy.com has a litter pan for your rodent friends. If you decide to get a litter pan for your guinea pig, make sure it’s one that will clip onto the cage, otherwise it will get flipped over with poo flying everywhere. You could just fill it with either Carefresh bedding or newspaper.
If you are not going to have a designated potty area for your guinea pig, that’s fine. Make sure that if you use bedding like Carefresh that you change the bedding out once or twice a week depending on how many guinea pigs you have and often they dazzle the cage landscape with their poops and potties. When we used Carefresh bedding, we cleaned out sections throughout the week where the guinea pigs would go to the bathroom the most. This type of bedding became very costly. Upon switching to fleece bedding it was so much easier and cheaper to keep their cage clean. We removed sections of the fleece that were dirty and replaced with clean fleece. Using fleece was super easy, and to clean it, all you had to do wash and dry it.
Make sure that you line the bottom of the cage with newspaper or some kind of lining. Having a lining on the bottom of the cage makes it so much easier to clean. When we were using Carefresh bedding, we would just remove a section of the bedding along with the newspaper, clean that area, then replace the newspaper. With the fleece bedding, we were able to remove the fleece that was soiled and usually did not have to replace the newspaper. The fleece bedding was very absorbent and our guinea pigs loved the softness of the fabric.
Have you thought about making an outhouse for your guinea pig? Some guinea pigs like a little bit of privacy when they take care of business, so why not give them the privacy they deserve? We had box from Build A Bear that looked like a little house and it was made of cardboard, perfect for chewing and privacy. Once or twice a day we would lift the cardboard house out of the cage to find piles of poop. Our guinea pigs loved to hide and go to the bathroom in there quite a bit. Perhaps your guinea pig(s) would like a secret place to use the bathroom?
Written by Nikki Harbeston, Creative Stuff, for LAA Pet Talk. She resides in South Carolina with her husband and dog. Her blog features Diary of a Chubby Piggie and Into the Journey of Dog. Copyright August 2013-March 2014.
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