While my heart belongs to cats and hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits have also burrowed a place into it, as well. They have special needs and require a lot of care. And hay.
To ensure a high quality of service, I accept only 2-3 cages of boarders at a time. I can accommodate a small 2’x3′ version of a C&C cage set-up with fleece, or a Living World Deluxe 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.
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, treats, chewables like apple sticks, hides, fresh produce, brush, nail trimmers, etc.. I strongly suggest bringing a generous supply of items like bedding, pellets, and hay to avoid incurring a concierge fee, as animals are unpredictable and in a new environment they may use more supplies than they would at home (and well, we all know what rabbits and guinea pigs are constantly doing). It is better to have more than to run out. If you should run out of something, I am happy to buy more for your rabbit/guinea pig, with a service fee.
I generally tend to my boarders twice per day, in the early morning and evening. Boarding for guinea pigs/rabbits include:
- Fresh water daily
- Hay and pellets filled
- Vegetables served once or twice per day (client may provide up to 5 days of produce at a time to waive fresh vegetable fee.)
- Litter box/poop scooping at least twice per day
- Nail trimming (depending on temperament)
- 30 minutes of supervised play time/cuddling everyday (depending on temperament)
- Daily reports with pictures via text, email, or WhatsApp
Extra services (see top of FAQ for fees):
- Round-trip guinea pig/rabbit transportation for boarding
- Fresh vegetables and fruit
- Full-cage cleaning
- Wash fleece bedding
- Concierge service (shopping for missing pet supplies)
Round-trip guinea pig/rabbit transportation
I pick up your guinea pig or rabbit and all their supplies and drive them directly to my home for boarding. When their reservation is completed, I deliver the guinea pig or rabbit and all their supplies back to the owner. Available for those within my cat sitting service area.
Fresh vegetables and fruit
Fresh vegetables and fruit once or twice per day, for a total of about 1 cup of vegetables/fruit per day per guinea pig/rabbit. Clients are welcome to supply their own produce (up to 5 days at a time), however when that supply runs out, a fresh veggie service 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. During warmer months, I do a lot of my vegetable shopping at the Jean-Talon Market, and I pick fresh grass and clover in places that are not frequented by dogs or treated with pesticides.
Fleece bedding washed several times per week for my boarders. Clients should supply at least 2 fleece changes, as well as absorbant materials like towels/puppy training pads and plastic sheeting. I use Tide Free HE laundry detergent and vinegar, and I do not normally use fabric softener.
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.
Reminder: I have 2 cats and 1 small child. They all roam freely. My cats are very well-fed and I have never had a cat-related injury to one of my boarders or to my own hamsters. If I think that my cats might pose a danger to your guinea pig/rabbit, I will move them to their own room, however this would be a last-resort option, as I wouldn’t see or interact with the guinea pig/rabbit much in there.