Today, I have a post all about traveling with your guinea pig! Sometimes, I bring my guineas on vacations when we can’t find anyone to take care of them while we are away.
We are going to be heading to the cabin on Wednesday. I was originally planning on bringing all of the pigs with us, but I found somebody that is willing to watch them. However, Luna is currently on medication for a respiratory infection. Luna is also prone to skin problems, so she needs to have aloe rubbed on her when she gets dry. With this being the case, I have decided to bring Luna and leave the others. I didn’t want anyone else to have to deal with her extra needs. Plus, I feel more comfortable doing it myself because I know exactly what I’m doing.
Keep in mind that some guinea pigs are better at traveling than others. If your drive is any longer than 6 hours, I do not recommend bringing your pigs, unless you absolutely have to. The drive to the cabin is about 3 hours and Luna has been on longer drives before, so this will be easy.
Before you decide to bring your piggie on vacation, you need to get a few things for the trip. First, you’re going to need a travel cage for your pig. It is important that you find a travel cage that is a good size. You want to give your guinea space to move but don’t choose anything too big. If you have to slam on the breaks, you don’t want your guinea to go flying. I would also recommend trying to find something that can be buckled in. If you can’t find anything with that feature, you can usually find a way to rig it up. Bottom line here is, make sure your pigs travel cage is secure. You will also want to make sure that a water bottle can be attached to the travel cage.
The next thing you need to consider is what your guinea pig is going to be living in during the trip, after the car ride. Will they stay in their travel cage, or will they need more space? If you are bringing a bigger cage along with you, try to find something that is easy to put together but make sure it’s also easy to take down.
Setting up your Travel Cage:
- Access to water
- Comfortable bedding
A few days before you leave, you might want to give your pig a bath and trim their nails. This way, you won’t have to worry about any of that while you’re away.
A few hours before we leave, I like to offer some greens. I usually cut up some apple and celery for the ride. They tend to get a little stressed out during the ride, so they don’t like to drink too much. Celery and apples are yummy snacks that will also help to keep your pigs hydrated throughout the ride. I also like to give my pigs something to chew on during the trip so they don’t get bored.
Before you load your guineas into the car, make sure that the temperature is set correctly. I have never traveled with my pigs during the winter. However, for the summer, I like to run the air conditioner and roll the windows down. I typically do this about 10-15 minutes before putting my guineas in the car.
It also might be good to make a list of all the guinea pig supplies you will need while you’re away. I have an example below.
Guinea Packing List:
- Cage liners
- Bonding bag
- Water bottle
- Pellet dish
- Hay feeder
- Any medications
Thanks for reading!