How long does a guinea pig bath take?



How long does it actually take to bathe a guinea pig? Mr. Spaghett helps answer that question!

Usually we edit guinea pig bathing down to a compilation of cute highlights, but today we thought we’d show how it works in real time. Spoilers – it’s about half an hour per guinea pig. They take a long time to dry!

Watch carefully for these bonus features!
1. The rest of the guinea pigs spontaneously make loud wheeking noises in the background.
2. Spaghett’s eyes produce lots of (normal) guinea pig grooming fluid during drying.
3. His tongue randomly appears sometimes.
4. Spaghett learns to spin around to avoid having his belly dried.

For more on how to bathe a guinea pig see our tutorial video:
https://youtu.be/B-1EHZaUc7Q

0:00 Wash
9:00 Rinse
13:09 Dry

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WHAT’S PIGS?

We publish daily highlights of the adorable antics of our guinea pig herd. Subscribe to see what they do tomorrow!

In June 2019 we adopted five pigs from Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue. They are cute herbivorous small pets with funny social interactions. We film all their behaviors, from happy guinea pig noises to eating sounds, playing with their food to sleeping with their eyes open, and occasional fighting. So far they have been most popular for their loud wheeking and rumblestrutting, adorable spa day and bath time, fleece bedding cage makeover, funny naps, and their ridiculous guinea pig fights!

Our videos generally have no talking so they’re great in any language, whether you search for guinea pigs as cobayos, conejillos de indias, cochons d’Inde, meerschweinchen, morče, marsvin, cavia, marsu, tengerimalac, marmot, porcellino d’India, cobaia, gine domuzu, chuột bạch, świnka morska, морская свинка, خوکچه هندی ,خنزير غينيا, 豚鼠, モルモット, 기니피그, or หนูตะเภา!

MEET THE PIG FAMILY

Spaghett is the boar of the herd. The rest of the pigs are females, but he’s a neutered male so they won’t be breeding. Sorry, no pregnant or baby guinea pigs! Spaghett has orange-brown ginger fur with a white crest on his head and cute red eyes. He goes on funny romps with entertaining popcorning and zoomies. He does hilarious rumblestrutting while purring. He enjoys petting, especially face massages and scratching around the ears.

Acorn is the youngest. She has white, black, and gold fur with a cute mousy face. She’s inquisitive, always wants food, and talks to herself while exploring hay piles. Little Acorn’s special talent is jumping on houses for rooftop adventures.

Butternut appears confused or deep in thought. She has white and gold fur. Her hobbies include sleeping and yawning while flopped over with her feet sprawled out. She continues wheeking, squeaking, and squealing at us after we have already given her food.

Pumpkin has black fur except for white back toes. She looks like a cow, a non-guinea pig, and a rabbit. She has noisy standoffs with feisty little Acorn.

Zucchin is oldest and grumpiest. She has white and gray fur. At first Zucchin fought with Spaghett. There were teeth chattering, nose raising, and hair puffing battles. Now they get along, but Zucchin is still a grouch. She loves to chase pigs out of their homes, follow them to another home, and chase them out of that one too. But she looks like a cute rat!

THEIR HOME

The pigs live in a custom 4 by 6 foot cage made by merging 3 Midwest Guinea Habitat cages. We cut the seams of the cage bottoms and joined them into one large cage liner with duct tape and super glue. Now we have a triple size MidWest cage! The cage is on cheap folding tables so we can easily care for and interact with the pigs.

The bedding is IKEA TOFTBO bath mats. We’ve tried disposable paper bedding and fleece blankets with towels underneath. But this is the best guinea pig bedding we have found so far! It’s comfortable and absorbent. We spot clean at least twice a day. And every day we wash 1 of the 3 carpet rugs in a portable washing machine in the bathtub and dry it using a spin dryer for laundry. It’s easy and convenient compared to washing fleece by hand in the sink!

The pigs prefer free stuff to actual guinea pig toys. They love to hide under packing paper. A DIY guinea pig house made from a cardboard box is a favorite hidey. They are not interested in chew toys.

THEIR DIET

Their favorite hay is Oxbow timothy hay. We get 50 pound boxes from Chewy. They also enjoy hay from Small Pet Select, KMS Hayloft, and Standlee. But they get most excited about fresh grass. They gobble up Sherwood Pet Health guinea pig pellets.

They eat nearly any vegetable. The only reject was zucchini. Their favorites are dandelion leaves, fennel, cilantro, parsley, banana leaves, kale, collard greens, kohlrabi, carrot tops and roots, beets, bell peppers, corn with the husk, cucumbers, and pumpkin. They go wild for homemade wheatgrass sprouts.

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