Guinea pigs, by nature, are social animals. Therefore, they make great pets! They can be potty-trained but you would hard-pressed to leave them outside their cages for long. As they are herd animals, they seek warmth in numbers and that necessitates a warm home when keeping them as pets.
It is inevitable that a cage will start smelling if it is occupied for long enough, especially if it is not cleaned. So, cleaning is important.
Therefore, you need to keep the environment your pigs are in clean. In order to rid it of foul odors, and the little fluff-balls will thank you even more for it!
Ideally, there are two separate sections when making a home for the little fur-balls. A side of the cage lined with a towel or fleece (for warmth) and the other side matted with shredded paper (to serve as litter). If the guinea pigs are not litter trained, it is advisable to place the shredded paper under the fleece/ towel as well, as the paper is a great absorbent and therefore the fleece will dry out quickly.
Generally, our furry friends are very good at keeping themselves clean. Therefore, the major source of odor is their cages. We recommend cleaning out their litter at least once every one to one and a half days, three days at the most.
How to Clean the Cage?
Relocate the guinea pigs
Before commencing the cleaning procedure, take your fur babies out of their cage and place them in a bucket or an extra cage. It can be any bucket or cage so long as they are warm and comfortable in it while you clean out their home.
Remove the accessories and wipe them down
Food bowl, water sippers, toys, everything goes. Wipe them down with a 50/50 water-vinegar solution. Do not use or make use of glass cleaners and other cleaning-solution as our furry friends are very sensitive to odors and will not react well to such cleaning agents.
Clean the towel/ fleece
Wash the towel/ fleece with the mildest of detergents. We recommended a good wash with baby no-tears shampoos. However, after a week or two of use, the towel will have seen better days. Thus, it is advisable to replace the towel/ fleece every fortnight.
Dump out the litter and the bedding
Did we add that paper as bedding/litter is super easy to clean out? Simply dump the paper into a large bin. It should ease the environmentalist in you, to know that paper is biodegradable and therefore your furry friend’s litter is in no-way harming the environment.
Put everything back in
Use fresh shredded paper to recreate the litter and bedding. Line one side with a clean/ new towel. Put back their bowls and toys. Replace the water in their sippers and refill their food bowls.
Finally, return the pigs back to their cage and we are done! All in all, this takes anywhere from ten minutes to half an hour. A thorough clean every day or two keeps the odor away and the smell pristine!