***Due to space considerations, rabbits are no longer accepted for boarding. (I like them, but I can no longer accommodate ex-pens in my space.) Rabbits will be pet visits only in the client’s home.***
I can either visit Guinea pigs in the comfort of their own home (see cat visits for pet visit services), or board them in mine. Boarders will enjoy attentive care by a highly qualified professional, a family environment in a quiet neighbourhood, renovated clean interior, indirect natural light, and pleasant temperatures in a non-smoking home.
To ensure a high quality of service, I accept only a few boarders at a time. Boarders are always kept physically distant from each other.
Boarding rates are based on cages of the following size: small 2’x3′ version of a C&C cage set-up with fleece, a Living World Deluxe to Ex-Large Habitat, or Midwest Guinea Pig Habitat. If you have a different set up, it would help me to know how big it is and to see a picture of it. A larger set up may incur a higher boarding fee or may not be acceptable for boarding. (See below for all-inclusive packages for Guinea pigs.)
The client must provide all pet supplies, including: cage, water bottle, bedding, bedding/litter scoop, fleece, puppy pads, plastic liner, fleece pouches, toys, play pen, medication, food, hay, vitamin C supplement, treats, chewables like apple sticks, hides, fresh produce, brush, nail trimmers, etc. For pet boarding clients, the fresh produce fee will commence on the day of drop-off. Clients should not bring their own vegetables.
Clients are strongly encouraged to bring a generous supply of essential items, as animals are unpredictable and in a new environment they may use more supplies than they would at home. I will not attempt to “stretch” dwindling supplies or to let your pet go without essentials. If a boarder is missing essentials like bedding, food (hay, pellets), or vitamin C supplement, I will purchase the missing items at the client’s expense (concierge fee + the cost of the item(s).
I see a wide range of set ups and routines, however this is what is included when boarding guinea pigs at my home. For complicated set-ups and more detailed instructions, I recommend pet visits in the comfort of your own home.
No, clients are not able to come inside. For drop off and pick up, clients will be met outside and I will bring in all supplies and pet(s) myself.
Boarding for guinea pigs – Bring your own cage and all supplies
(“Wheek-Zoom-tastic”): Boarders are tended to in the morning and evening
- Twice daily fresh water – bowls washed and refilled
- Twice daily fresh vegetables for a total of about 1 cup per animal. Uneaten produce removed after 24 hours.
- Daily fresh pellets – bowls washed and refilled
- Daily unlimited hay
- Daily vitamin C
- Daily chewables
- Twice daily litter box scooping/spot sweeping
- Supervised cage-free time
- Nail trimming (depending on temperament)
- Daily reports with pictures via text, email, or WhatsApp
Extra services (see Fees):
- Round-trip guinea pig transportation for boarding
- Fresh vegetables and fruit (required daily)
- Cage cleaning (weekly minimum required)
- Fleece laundry
- Concierge service (shopping for missing pet supplies)
Round-trip guinea pig/rabbit transportation
I pick up your guinea pig and all their supplies and drive them directly to my home for boarding. When their reservation is completed, I deliver the guinea pig and all their supplies back to the owner. Available for those within my service area.
Fresh vegetables and fruit once or twice per day, for a total of about 1 cup of vegetables/fruit per day per guinea pig. Pet sitting clients (but not boarding clients) are welcome to supply their own produce (up to 5 days at a time, starting on the first day of service), however when that supply runs out or becomes unusable, a fresh produce fee will be applied per day. Uneaten produce is removed within 24 hours.
I follow Guinea Lynx’s guidelines for guinea pig vegetable guidelines, and the Binky Bunny/House Rabbit Society guidelines for rabbits. I will note your preferences for their diet before we meet and when you drop off your guinea pig/rabbit. Unless otherwise noted by the client, I generally feed my guinea pig/rabbit boarders mostly kale, romaine lettuce, and bell pepper, and rotate in smaller quantities: freshly picked grass and clover, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, zucchini, napa, parsley, cilantro, basil, dill, carrot, celery, swiss chard, corn husks and silks (guinea pig-only), Red Delicious apple, watermelon rind, banana (guinea pig-only), strawberries. An avid cook, I do a lot of my vegetable shopping at the Jean-Talon Market, maintain a community garden plot during the warmer months, and in 2022 subscribed to a certified-organic, staff-owned, local farm share basket from La ferme cooperative aux champs qui chantent for organic, locally-sourced herbs and fresh greens.
**For special requests, like specific produce selections, bottled water, etc., instead of a daily fresh vegetable fee, there will be a concierge fee per shopping trip plus the cost of the item(s). Otherwise, the daily produce selection is selected by Cats and Hamsters.
The boarding fee includes cleaning water and food bowls, and spot cleaning (scooping/sweeping poop/pee). All other cleaning/wiping is considered a cage clean, including washing toys, litter boxes, and fleece change. I use vinegar and/or Dawn dish soap or a pet-safe disinfectant used by groomer and veterinarians. Minimum frequency: weekly.
Fleece bedding/towels washed for my boarders. Clients should supply at least 1 spare fleece changes, as well as absorbent materials like towels/puppy training pads, and plastic sheeting. I use unscented HE laundry detergent and vinegar, and I do not normally use fabric softener. Minimum frequency: every 3 days.
I will supply any missing essentials, with a concierge fee + the cost of the item(s). While I will do my best to match your preferences, I cannot guarantee brands, stores, or prices. The most common items needed are hay and bedding/litter.
All-Inclusive Boarding Packages for Guinea Pigs
For ultimate convenience, everything but the Guinea pig is provided. Limited availability. Maximum two Guinea pigs per cage (must be bonded pair). Cage and accessories will be cleaned and disinfected after each client.
- All of the above boarding services, excluding transportation and concierge
- Housing in a MidWest Guinea Pig Habitat
- Choice of fleece cage lining (random selection of GuineaDad, HoneyBeeLane, and Mischief Stitches) or paper bedding
- Unlimited Oxbow Adult Guinea Pig Food
- Unlmited Oxbow Timothy Hay
- Daily Oxbow vitamin C supplement
- Daily fresh vegetables
- Cage cleaning
- Fleece wash
Small extra fee for Oxbow Young Guinea Pig Food and/or Oxbow alfalfa hay
Excludes: transportation, concierge, and holiday surcharges.
Reminder: I have a cat and a small child. They all roam freely. My cat is very well-fed and I have never had a cat-related injury to any of my boarders or to my own hamsters. The cat mostly enjoys trying to eat the hay – but this is something to keep in mind, as animals are unpredictable. No, I do not offer isolated rooms for boarders.
Also, I am an avid home cook and I am an omnivore. No, I will not become a raw vegetarian during your pet’s stay here.