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Keeping your rabbit or guinea pig cool in the hot weather 

Keeping your rabbit or guinea pig cool in the hot weather is something that all small pet owners have on their minds this time of the year. Summer is a wonderful time to spend with your rabbits and guinea pigs, but the rising temperatures can cause stress — for you and your pets. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your rabbits and guinea pigs cool when temperatures soar. 

Girl feeding the rabbit watermelon through the Eglu go run

How hot is too hot? 

First, it’s important to know when the temperature is simply too dangerous for your rabbits and guinea pigs to be outdoors. The answer of how hot is too hot is subjective to several factors, like: 

  • Your rabbit or guinea pig’s age and breed 
  • The ambient temperature vs “real feel” temperature (factoring in humidity) 
  • The amount of shade available 
  • How long the temperature will be elevated 

As a general rule, you should watch for signs of discomfort from the heat in your rabbits and guinea pigs in temperatures above 85°F. Signs of heat stress in rabbits and guinea pigs include: 

  • Rapid or shallow breathing 
  • Open mouth breathing (panting) 
  • Drooling 
  • Lethargy 

If left untreated, heat stress can quickly progress into heatstroke. Once your rabbit or guinea pig experiences heatstroke, there may be irreparable damage to their internal organs. Signs of heatstroke include those of heat stress, in addition to loss of consciousness or convulsions. If you think your rabbit or guinea pig is suffering from heatstroke, call your veterinarian right away. 

How to keep your rabbits and guinea pigs cool 

Thankfully, there are several ways to help keep your rabbits and guinea pigs cool in the summertime heat. These rabbit and guinea pig summer safety measures will help protect your pets from the heat, and allow them to spend more time outdoors. 

An insulated hutch 

Insulated rabbit and guinea pig hutches are the first line of defense against the heat. The Eglu Go Rabbit and Guinea Pig Hutch is twin-wall insulated with vents to provide airflow — which helps keep the hutch cooler than the ambient temperature. Choose a shady spot for your pets’ hutch to help it stay even cooler. When the temperatures really climb, add frozen water bottles inside of the hutch. Your pets will lay on them to cool off, and it will help to bring the interior temperature down even further. 

Provide plenty of shade 

Your rabbits and guinea pigs’ run should be shady to keep harmful UV rays and blistering heat off of your pets. Solid outdoor run covers keep the sun out, so that your rabbits and guinea pigs can cool down. Place water in the shaded areas to prevent algae growth, and to keep the temperature cooler. And, as with the hutch, add frozen water bottles around your pets’ shaded run to provide extra cooling relief. 

Offer cooling hors d’oeuvres 

Preparing frozen treats for your rabbits and guinea pigs can go a long way in keeping them cool. Here are some ideas for rabbit and guinea pig-friendly frozen treats: 

  • Fruit like bananas or strawberries
  • Vegetables like green beans, corn, spinach, or broccoli 
  • Homemade frozen molds or popsicles (with an applewood chew for a stick, or no stick) made from blended fruits and veggies 

Add the frozen treats to a Caddi Rabbit and Guinea Pig Treat Holder to keep them fresh for longer, and hang it in a shady part of their run. You can also add ice cubes to your rabbits and guinea pigs’ water bottle to keep it at a palatable temperature. 

There are ther refreshing treats that will help your rabbits and guinea pigs stay cool. These aren’t frozen, but they’ll help hydrate your pet, and when kept in the fridge, still provide a cooling effect. 

  • Apple slices 
  • Berries 
  • Lettuces 
  • Watermelon 

Other heat-hampering techniques 

There are a few other supplemental methods you can use to help beat the heat. Some of these include: 

  • Use a patio misting system around the top perimeter of your rabbits or guinea pigs’ run. Turn it on, or have an irrigation timer set for it to be on during the hottest part of the day. 
  • Install a large fan just outside of the run, or in the top corner of a rabbit or guinea pig walk in run. Make sure that your pets can’t reach any power cords or moving parts of the fan. 

Use a combination of both of these for the strongest effect. 

What to do when it’s too hot 

Depending on where you live, your rabbit or guinea pig’s age and breed, and overall health condition, there may be times where staying outside is just too dangerous. These conditions are most likely to occur during a heatwave, or in areas that experience high humidity alongside soaring summer temperatures. 

If you need to move your rabbit or guinea pig to cooler temperatures, try to keep them outdoors if possible. A well ventilated garage, barn, or shed may be enough to keep their setup at a more comfortable temperature. 

When shadier or cooler options just aren’t possible, you will need to bring your rabbits or guinea pigs inside. This shouldn’t be done lightly, as rabbits and guinea pigs that live outdoors year round are accustomed to being in fluctuating temperatures. Bringing them into a stable environment will acclimate them to this type of temperature and they will need to remain indoors until the outside temperature is consistently lower. 

It’s common for guinea pigs to be housed indoors, and placed outside for playtime. For these pets, outside visits should be limited to early morning and late evening hours during the summer to avoid the hottest part of the day. This is also true for rabbits housed indoors. 

Omlet and your small pets 

Summer isn’t without its challenges, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to enjoy it with your pets. With our rabbit and guinea pig hutches, large outdoor rabbit and guinea pig runs, and outdoor run covers, you can provide plenty of shaded support for your pets throughout the summer. With an Omlet rabbit or guinea pig setup, you can enjoy a frozen treat together with your rabbits or guinea pigs, and rest easy knowing they’re being supported all summer long. 

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Games you can play with your rabbits and guinea pigs 

Looking for some inspiration for playtime with your small pets? There are several games you can play with your rabbits and guinea pigs that will be to the delight of everyone involved. From mazes to hide-and-seek, here are some pastimes that are sure to please your pets the next time you play. 

Guinea pigs playing in the Zippi Tunnel System

The importance of play 

Playing with your rabbits and guinea pigs builds their trust and confidence, which in turn helps you build a more meaningful and lasting bond with them. It’s amazing to see shy or timid pets come out of their metaphorical shells through playing with their humans. Being more active is good for their minds and bodies, and is one of the best ways to encourage your small pet to be more outgoing and physically fit. Through dedicated playtime, you’ll be able to forge an unbreakable bond between you and your rabbits or guinea pigs. 

It’s also important to remember that rabbits and guinea pigs are prey animals by nature, so surprises, sudden movements, or loud noises can startle them easily. All of the games that you play with your small pets should be in a calm atmosphere, and with lots of treats to offer as tokens of encouragement and as rewards for their efforts. 


Rabbits and guinea pigs differ in size and stature, so they each have their own set of skills that can be tapped into during play. For example, rabbits have long, powerful legs, so jumping over the sides of a homemade maze to fast-forward to the treat at the end is entirely within their realm of possibility. For the following activities, we will offer suggestions to modify each game based on the size and species of your pet. 

Prepare a place to play 

The best place to play with your rabbits and guinea pigs is in a safe and enclosed space. Outdoor rabbit and guinea pig runs are perfect for spending time with your pets during playtime. The enclosed space will keep them contained and comfortable, and gives you plenty of space to set up your games. Alternative play places are safe spaces inside your home — just make sure that the room you’re playing with your pets in is rabbit and guinea pig-proof. 


This game is more fitting for bunnies, but some guinea pigs may delight in barrelling objects over. Set up small bowling pins, like indoor sets designed for toddlers, and let your bunnies nose-boop them over. Reward your pets’ efforts with a treat before setting the pins back up for the next round. 

Guinea pig modification: in relation to guinea pigs, even toy bowling pins may seem tall and intimidating — try setting up empty toilet paper tubes instead. 

Magic cups 

Show your rabbits or guinea pigs that you’re hiding a treat under an overturned plastic cup. Add one or two more overturned cups with nothing under them, then slide them around before allowing your pet to sniff out the hidden treat. Fresh herbs or other fragrant treats are perfect for this game. 


Think fetch is just for dogs? Think again — some rabbits and guinea pigs enjoy carrying small objects in their mouths. Try tossing small toys like balls, applewood chews, or pieces of cardboard for this game. To start out, toss the object just a few inches in front of your rabbit or guinea pig. If they pick it up, praise them, and offer a treat. Once they’re consistently picking up their toy, toss it farther out each time, and encourage them to bring it back to you. 

Hide and seek 

Rabbits and guinea pigs are curious by nature, so enticing them with some mystery will pique their interest. Lay on the floor and place your face in your hands. Your rabbit or guinea pig will come to investigate. Be careful not to startle your pet as you emerge, and be sure to offer them a treat for their cleverness. 

Rabbit modification: hide under a soft blanket and call your rabbit. Bunnies love to burrow, so your rabbit will be thrilled at the prospect of digging in order to find you. 

Maze running 

Create mazes from cardboard boxes, building blocks, or other household objects with a treat placed at the end. Make sure that mazes are always placed at ground level, and that there are no small gaps or spaces for your pets’ feet to get caught in. 

Rabbit modification: construct a maze from Zippi Rabbit Tunnels for the ultimate, reusable maze that your rabbits won’t hop out of. 

Omlet and your rabbits and guinea pigs 

From the rabbit or guinea pig hutch to outdoor runs and playpens, we’ve worked to create the perfect atmosphere for owners to spend quality time with their small pets. Design your own playground with Zippi Rabbit and Guinea Pig Tunnels, and add rabbit and guinea pig platforms to help your pets meet you on a whole new level. With Omlet, playtime isn’t just possible — it’s the pinnacle of quality time spent with your rabbits and guinea pigs. 

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Exercise for rabbits and guinea pigs 

Exercise for rabbits and guinea pigs is important for their overall wellbeing, but it’s also a unique opportunity for you to bond and play with them. From playtime to training sessions, there are several ways to spend quality time with your rabbits and guinea pigs while benefiting their physical and mental health. Discover how much exercise your pets need, how to keep them fit, and how to build a bond through boredom busting activities with your rabbits and cavies. 

Two guinea pigs in the Omlet Zippi playpen

How much exercise do rabbits and guinea pigs need? 

Rabbits and guinea pigs need to be able to exercise on their own, as well as doing activities with their owners. The amount of exercise needed for each pet varies and is dependent upon their genetics, diet, and environment. This means that these pets need spacious outdoor rabbit runs or guinea pig playpens to ensure they have ample space to run, hop, stretch, and explore. 

Wild rabbits and guinea pigs are constantly on the move for their survival. This continuous need to move keeps them fit and spry — which are traits not always seen in their domesticated counterparts. While our backyard rabbits and guinea pigs may be distantly related to their ever-moving ancestors, their body compositions are still very similar. All rabbits have long, powerful hind legs, and guinea pigs are all potato-shaped with short legs and necks. 

Guinea pigs are especially prone to being overweight, which puts strain on their small legs and joints. But rabbits aren’t immune to issues caused by lack of exercise — they too can become overweight, and are also prone to boredom if they aren’t properly stimulated. Bored bunnies can become depressed or develop destructive habits. By giving bunnies and cavies plenty of outdoor space, you’ll help them get enough exercise to keep them healthy and happy. 

Encouraging your rabbits and guinea pigs to exercise 

Fostering your pets’ natural behaviors is one of the best ways to encourage them to exercise. Because of their anatomy and natural instincts, rabbits need large, outdoor spaces to fulfill their need to run, burrow, and scratch. Zippi Rabbit Tunnels simulate burrows in the wild that rabbits run through, which will encourage your bunnies to explore and play. And while guinea pigs might not dig their own tunnels in the wild, they will happily use burrows dug by other animals — or in the case of domesticated guinea pigs, those provided by humans. 

Guinea pigs can’t stand on their hind legs like rabbits can, so they appreciate a higher vantage point from which to view their world. Zippi Guinea Pig Platforms offer your cavies an elevated place to explore, and a shady, secluded space to hide beneath. The attached ramps encourage your guinea pigs to carry their weight at an incline, which strengthens their muscles and helps them maintain their figure. 

Exercises you can do with your rabbits and guinea pigs 

There are several ways to interact with your rabbits or guinea pigs while encouraging them to exercise. Some ideas include:

These are all fun ways to keep your pets fit both physically and mentally, while also providing you with a unique opportunity to build trust and confidence with them. Aim to incorporate half an hour of playtime with your bunnies and cavies once a day to help keep your pets bodies and minds stimulated. Playing with them doesn’t have to be robust, so any amount of interaction or movement that they would otherwise not be experiencing will build both a confident mind and strong muscles. 

Exercises to avoid with your rabbits and guinea pigs 

There is some equipment marketed for rabbits and guinea pigs that should be avoided, and some activities they shouldn’t participate in. These include: 

  • Exercise wheels or balls (similar to those for hamsters) marketed for rabbits or guinea pigs 
  • Leashes and harnesses 
  • Walks around your neighborhood

While it might be tempting to take your rabbits or guinea pigs for walks on a harness, the vast majority of small pets find harnesses uncomfortable and alarming, so it’s best to play with your bunnies and cavies within the safety of playpens designed for them, or in a pet-proof area of your home. Rabbits and guinea pigs are prey animals, and as such can startle and bolt easily with sudden sights and sounds — the strain from them spooking on a harness can cause severe damage to their necks, backs, and legs. 

Omlet and your rabbits and guinea pigs 

From guinea pig playpens and outdoor rabbit runs, we’ve created safe and smart enclosures that allow your pets the freedom to move and explore. These spacious options also make it possible for you to join them in their endeavors — putting you front and center in their lives. Watch your rabbits and guinea pigs explore through Zippi Tunnels, climb and meet you face-to-face with Zippi Platforms, and witness them experiencing the joy of fresh grass with mobile rabbit and guinea pig hutches.  You, your pet, and Omlet are a winning combination for years of health and happiness to come. 

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DIY toys for rabbits and guinea pigs 

Spending time with your rabbits or guinea pigs is a great way to grow your bond with them, especially when there are toys involved. DIY toys for rabbits and guinea pigs are easy to make with materials that are probably already in your home. And these toys aren’t just for your pets — you’ll find that watching and interacting with your rabbits or guinea pigs through toys is both engaging and entertaining. Discover how making some of your rabbits and guinea pigs toys can be fun and rewarding. 

Woman and child playing with rabbit in the Zippi playpen

Why do rabbits and guinea pigs need toys? 

First, it’s important to understand why rabbits and guinea pigs need toys. Think back to your childhood — you likely played with toys as a means of entertainment, but also to aid in the development and growth of your cognitive skills. The same is true for rabbits and guinea pigs.

Rabbits and guinea pigs are able to keep themselves active and entertained with toys, as well as grow their critical thinking and problem solving skills. These pets may be small, but they’re smart and enjoy objects to chew, toss, chase, or cuddle up with. There are several types of toys for rabbits and guinea pigs that can be purchased, but there are many that you can make at home. 

How to play with your rabbits and guinea pigs 

Playtimes are some of the best times with your rabbits and guinea pigs. Owners that play with their pets get to experience their individual personalities, and build a bond with them that lasts a lifetime. Through play, your pets will learn to trust you, and you’ll be able to identify their unique body language and needs. 

Start by sitting on the floor or the ground with your rabbits or guinea pigs. Offering treats will help entice them to approach you if they are not already comfortable doing so. Introduce new toys one at a time so your pets aren’t overwhelmed. Show them their toy, maybe offering some movement if your pet is comfortable with it. Hang or place the toy in front of your pet, and watch them explore this new offering. 

Some rabbits and guinea pigs can be taught to fetch small toys, while some are more interested in the aspect of chasing.  Play around with different ways of interacting with your pets, like with Zippi Rabbit and Guinea Pig platforms to help you both see eye-to-eye. 

Types of DIY toys for rabbits and guinea pigs 

The most common types of toys for rabbits and guinea pigs include: 

  • Chews 
  • Activity toys 
  • Tunnels 
  • Forage boxes 
  • Hideouts 

You can make your own versions of many of these toys using household objects, or with a short trip to your local hardware store. It’s important to remember to choose non-toxic materials for your pets’ toys. Never use treated lumber or paint for your rabbits’ or guinea pigs’ toys, and make sure that any cardboard or fabric is removed if your pets begin to nibble on them. And, it’s always a good idea to supervise your pets while they’re playing with their toys — especially if they are inclined or able to eat them. 

DIY rabbit and guinea pig chews 

Most rabbit and guinea pig chews are made from apple wood or compressed timothy hay, or a combination of the two. There aren’t many substitutes for apple wood chews for rabbits and guinea pigs, as they are the safest variety. But, by purchasing bulk apple wood sticks and timothy hay, you can craft your own chew toys by wrapping the sticks in strands of hay. Cut them to various lengths, and create different shapes for variety. Sisal rope can also be used to wrap apple chews and hay together — just remember to remove the toy as soon as the rope becomes frayed or gnawed. 

Two rabbits chewing on homemade toy

DIY rabbit and guinea pig activity toys 

Activity toys are those that hang from your rabbit and guinea pig run. They’re designed to encourage your rabbits and guinea pigs to stretch, nudge, or tug. Most of these toys are made from apple wood and sisal rope, which are safe options for your pet. Experiment by making spiral or branch shapes, or by threading alternating pieces of apple wood with other edible treats like rabbit and guinea pig-safe fruit or veggies. 

You can also hang a Caddi rabbit and guinea pig treat holder in their run to encourage the same activity. The Caddi reduces waste, and has lots of room for your pets’ favorite treats. 

DIY rabbit and guinea pig tunnels 

Rabbit and guinea pig play tunnels that are made for small pets will hold up better than DIY alternatives. Some owners make tunnels from drainage tubing, but the small holes designed to release water pose a risk to your pets’ feet. A Zippi Rabbit and Guinea Pig Tunnel System is the best investment when it comes to fostering natural burrowing behaviors in both pets. The safest way to create temporary tunnels for your rabbits and guinea pigs in the meantime is to use boxes connected end-to-end.

DIY rabbit and guinea pig forage boxes 

A shallow storage tote or livestock feed bin makes an excellent base for a forage box for your rabbits and guinea pigs. Pour 1-2 inches of sand or top soil into the container, or add scraps of recycled cardboard or paper to create a substrate for your pets to dig through. Rabbits in particular will appreciate the opportunity to dig in soil. Once you’ve added a layer of substrate, toss small toys, chews or treats into the box and watch your pet forage for their findings. 

DIY rabbit and guinea pig hideouts 

There are several ways to create hideouts for your rabbits and guinea pigs. As prey animals, they both appreciate the opportunity to hide when they’re tired, overwhelmed, or during games of chase with each other. Rabbit and Guinea Pig Shelters are specially designed to create a safe haven for your small pets, and are the best option to be kept with their rabbit or guinea pig hutch and run. But, short play sessions, or additional options can be created with cardboard boxes, overturned plastic plant containers with an entrance cut into them, or with other creative alternatives. Just remember not to use treated materials, and be aware that DIY options are not weatherproof, and should not serve as a substitute for their hutch. 

Omlet and your pets 

 From rabbit and guinea pig hutches, to outdoor rabbit and guinea pig runs , discover how your pets encounter their world when you’re able to take an active role in it. Explore with them, encourage them, and most of all, enjoy them on a daily basis when you have rabbit and guinea pig products that have been designed to bring you closer than ever.  

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Ultimate rabbit and guinea pig checklist 

Thinking about adding a small pet to your family? Despite having different needs, rabbits and guinea pigs require many of the same accommodations, so whichever you’re considering adding to your family, your shopping list will look similar. From hutches and runs, to play and feed, we’ve got the ultimate rabbit and guinea pig checklist for you to tick off before you bring your fluffy new friends home.

Guinea pig on the Zippi platforms in the Zippi run

Caring for rabbits and guinea pigs 

Rabbits and guinea pigs both make wonderfully rewarding family pets. They can be housed indoors or outdoors in suitable climates; either way they need plenty of room to roam and certain equipment to stay safe, happy and healthy. With the appropriate setup and care, rabbits and guinea pigs can live up to 8-10 years. 

Rabbits and guinea pigs have different nutritional needs and communication methods, so should be kept separately. They’re both social animals however, and need the companionship of their own kind. So, when planning your pets’ future home, make sure you can provide room and care for at least two of either.


Traditionally, rabbit and guinea pig hutches have been made of wood, but this poses a few problems. Both rabbits and guinea pigs have teeth that grow continuously. They need to gnaw almost constantly in order to keep their incisors from over growing, which leads to serious health problems. Wooden hutches are tempting to chew on, and treated lumber can be toxic to pets. They’re also drafty, inadequate in more extreme weather, and absorb moisture, ammonia and odors, so can become unhygienic and need replacing in no time at all. 

Eglu Go Rabbit Hutches and Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutches are designed to give your small pets the safety and comfort they need and deserve. They are both also designed to be used in conjunction with fixed, steel mesh runs, giving your rabbits or guinea pigs free access to an outdoor space (more on this below.)

  • Made of pet-safe, strong, durable plastic  
  • Twin insulated for optimal internal temperatures
  • Draft-free ventilation 
  • Easy to clean in a matter of minutes
  • Predator proof design
  • Built to last a lifetime 

Starting out with a durable, easy clean rabbit or guinea pig hutch is an investment you will soon recoup, which will set you and your pets up for success from the first day.


The bedding you use inside of your rabbits’ or guinea pigs’ hutch should be natural and absorbent. Typical bedding options include: 

  • Pine shavings or pellets
  • Aspen shavings
  • Recycled paper (this resembles loose cotton) 
  • Straw 

Breeds of rabbits with long hair like Lionheads or Angoras need recycled paper or pine pellets as bedding – straw and shavings will get tangled in their coats. Similarly, breeds of guinea pigs with long hair like Peruvians or Shelties should not be kept on shavings or straw bedding.

Outdoor space 

Rabbits and guinea pigs need plenty of space outside their hutch to stretch their legs and explore, which they should ideally have constant, secure access to.  Rabbits in particular have lots of energy, so a spacious outdoor rabbit run is essential to helping them stay healthy and happy. 

If you’re short on outdoor space, the Omlet Zippi Tunnel System is a great way to recreate their natural environment and let them zoom when the mood takes them, as it lets you connect their hutch to additional enclosures in different areas, as a burrow would. Guinea pigs also need an outdoor guinea pig run to stay fit and can also benefit from a tunnel system, as they can be prone to obesity and boredom if they don’t have enough space to exercise. 

Omlet’s rabbit and guinea pig runs have attached floor panels to prevent digging out, which is an issue in particular with female rabbits, but is also necessary to prevent predators digging in. 

Constructed of weatherproof, heavy-duty steel weld mesh, Omlet runs have a modular design that lets you expand your run when you like, making them a future proof choice.

Enriching their area

Part of the joy of having rabbits or guinea pigs is watching them play. The best rabbit and guinea pig toys are those that encourage their natural behaviors. Rabbit and guinea pig run accessories, like shelters, play tunnels and platforms make perfect places for your pets to stretch their legs, find a shady spot for a snooze, or just hunker down for some quiet time. Since both rabbits and guinea pigs are prey animals, they’re naturally nervous and always on high-alert for potential predators. Shelters and tunnels they can retreat into quickly if they perceive danger give them a sense of security, so placing these throughout the run will help your rabbits or guinea pigs feel much more at ease.


Both rabbits and guinea pigs should be fed high quality pellets as per the instructions on the pack. However, unlike rabbits, guinea pigs can’t manufacture their own vitamin C, so commercially available guinea pig pellets should be fortified with this essential nutrient. Their different dietary needs are one of the main reasons rabbits and guinea pigs should be kept separately. 

An essential part of their wellbeing is plenty of timothy hay, which both rabbits and guinea pigs need free-choice access to around the clock. This keeps their digestive system working as it should, but also helps keep their teeth trimmed. Timothy hay won’t cause rabbits or guinea pigs to become overweight, so it’s safe (and necessary) for it to be available at all times. 

Both bunnies and cavies will most likely enjoy the odd fresh crunchy treat. Leafy greens, chunks of raw broccoli or cabbage, fresh herbs and small amounts of some fruits will have them hopping over for a nibble. Keep these treats off the ground with a Caddi Rabbit and Guinea Pig Treat Holder to keep them fresher for longer and discourage pests.

Omlet and your rabbits and guinea pigs 

Keeping rabbits and guinea pigs is a rewarding experience for all ages, but despite their diminutive size, these cuties need daily care and attention. Our Eglu Go Rabbit and Guinea Pig Hutches are designed to make providing your small pets with a hygienic, comfortable home a breeze. With cleaning done and dusted in a matter of minutes, you can spend your time enjoying their quirky characters, sociable natures and natural curiosity.

 Children playing in the Zippi setup with their pet rabbits

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Why do guinea pigs hide?

Boy looking for his guinea pigs in the Omlet Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch

New guinea pig parents often find themselves wondering why their piggies hide. Are they scared? Shy? Stressed out? There are many reasons why cavies seek undercover solace — most of which stem from natural behaviors instead of external stressors. So why do guinea pigs hide? We’ll explore the reasons why guinea pigs hide, so that you can gain a better understanding of this innate behavior. 

Danger ahead

Guinea pigs are prey animals, so they’re on constant alert for potential threats. Wild guinea pigs have to keep an eye out for predators as a means of survival, but this natural behavior remains strong in domesticated cavies. Being low to the ground, everything that’s taller than themselves may be perceived as a threat — which is just about everything aside from other guinea pigs. 

Cavies have eyes set high up on the sides of their heads, giving them excellent vision to spot aerial threats. They’re also very intuitive when it comes to shadows or other movement that may clue them into a potential threat looming. 

Your guinea pigs’ natural response to perceived danger is to run for cover. Cavies in the wild burrow in the dens or tunnels of other animals, or hide in thickets, under rock formations, or along the forest floor. So, in captivity, your guinea pigs will seek out the nearest shelter when they are alerted to potential danger. Giving them guinea pig play tunnels is a great way to simulate these pre-made burrows. 

Other family pets may create this perceived threat response from your guinea pigs. Dogs, cats, or even pet birds can send your cavies to the nearest cover. Be sure to introduce your guinea pigs to your other pets slowly and on your cavies’ level to make them more at ease, creating a positive experience from the start. 


On the flip side of being overly alert, a depressed guinea pig can hide out of sheer boredom or low spirits. If cavies don’t have company or things to keep them busy, they may become listless and retreat to the same spot day after day. 

Having an interesting and engaging habitat will help prevent boredom in guinea pigs. Providing guinea pig ramps and platforms, or using a Caddi Guinea Pig Treat Holder to elevate their favorite snacks are great ways to incorporate variety and exercise into your cavies’ daily routine. 

Rearranging your guinea pigs’ run routinely will stimulate their minds and bodies. Try moving their hideouts around the run, changing up their Zippi Guinea Pig Tunnel System route, and adding new toys regularly.  

Adjusting to a new setting

Guinea pigs are most likely to hide when they’re in a new environment. If you’ve just welcomed a new guinea pig, don’t be surprised to see them spend the majority of their time hiding out during the first week or two. This is especially true of adopted guinea pigs that have a complicated history with humans. 

Cavies crave companionship, so it’s best to obtain guinea pigs in bonded pairs. If you’re introducing new guinea pigs, be sure to do so slowly and through a barrier so that they can warm up to each other. Don’t be surprised if your previously outgoing guinea pig hides in response to a newcomer – this is natural.

Sudden movement or loud noises

Even healthy and confident guinea pigs that have been part of your family for an extended amount of time will naturally dart for cover when they encounter sudden movement or loud noises. This is completely normal and is actually a sign of good cognitive reasoning in your guinea pigs. Much like a reflex, guinea pigs will startle at unexpected sights and sounds. 

Try to keep your guinea pigs in a low-traffic area of your home or yard to avoid triggering this response constantly. While it might not be possible to eradicate all causes of sudden movement or loud noises, effort should be taken to reduce your cavies’ exposure to them. 


Not all hiding behavior is rooted in natural behavior or stress – some guinea pigs are just shyer than others. This has more to do with their individual personality than their environment. As long as your shy cavy comes out to play with their companions, to eat and drink, or is seen exploring (albeit, cautiously), it’s safe to conclude that their personality is just more on the introverted side. 

Shy cavies benefit most from opaque guinea pig hideouts, or even DIY “curtains” made from strips of fleece along the front of their favorite hiding place to help them feel more comfortable. Avoid using transparent hiding structures, or those with large openings for reserved guinea pigs, as these won’t be as comforting to them. 

Should you be concerned by your guinea pig’s behavior?

Hiding is completely normal and natural in cavies, but there are times when extended or sudden episodes of hiding can point to a health concern. Cavies that aren’t typically shy and suddenly spend hours a day hiding, or any guinea pigs that aren’t coming out to eat or drink should be monitored closely. 

A number of health concerns could cause your guinea pig to want to hide the majority of the day, but some of the most common reasons are: 

  • A urinary tract infection (UTI) 
  • Upper respiratory infection 
  • Gastrointestinal problems 
  • Neurological disorders that cause imbalance or poor vision 
  • Old age 

If your cavies are hiding regularly and not engaging in normal activities, it’s time to contact your veterinarian. 

How to get your guinea pig out of hiding

Guinea pigs that are potentially ill should not be left to hide for more than 24 hours, whereas cavies adjusting to a new home should be given a minimum of two weeks to fully acclimate. It’s always best to let your guinea pig come out of their hiding place on their own, but some situations dictate the need to move them yourself. If you need to remove your guinea pig from their hiding spot, be sure to do so safely and in the least stressful way possible. 

  • Close off the entrance to their hide by either closing the door (if possible) or sliding a solid object in front of it 
  • Gently lift the hideout or reach into their hiding spot and grasp them as you normally would to lift them – supporting their entire body in the process 
  • Hold your guinea pig securely against you to help them feel safe 

Omlet and your guinea pigs

Our guinea pig products are designed to foster cavies’ natural instincts – hiding included. The Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch is the perfect piggy hideout with convenient human access if needed. And, our line of Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters, Guinea Pig Play Tunnels, and Zippi Guinea Pig Tunnel Systems offer your cavies several comfortable options to hide and hang out while encouraging physical movement and mental stimulation. At Omlet, we bring nature to your own backyard and blend it with ways to deepen the bond between you and your guinea pigs. 

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Do guinea pigs like the snow?

Black and white guinea pig in the snow

Winter wonderlands may appeal to some people and animals – but guinea pigs do not like the snow. In fact, because of their physiology and origins, snow can be dangerous for cavies. See how to protect your guinea pigs this winter from the snow, and how to help them enjoy the chilly season ahead. 

Why do guinea pigs dislike the snow?

Guinea pigs trace their lineage back to wild cavies in South America. While our domesticated piggies are far removed from their wild cousins that still roam this area, their physiology hasn’t changed much. Because their native habitat is a temperate climate, guinea pigs are sensitive to extreme temperatures. The freezing temperatures that create snow, and the snow itself are both a threat to your cavies’ health and safety.   

The dangers of snow to guinea pigs

Even if your guinea pigs are accustomed to living outdoors, winter precipitation poses a large threat to their safety. Here are some of the reasons why snow can harm your cavies. 


Frozen precipitation can spell frostbite quickly for uncovered body parts. Guinea pigs have naked feet that are susceptible to frostbite if they have to stand in the snow for an extended period of time. Anything more than a few moments of contact can chill your cavies’ feet to the point of frostbite. If you suspect your guinea pig has frostbite, you should contact your veterinarian right away. 


While it’s not specific to the snow, hypothermia can occur quickly in cavies that are both cold and damp. Hypothermia sets in when a guinea pig’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees. Symptoms of hypothermia in guinea pigs include: 

  • Shivering 
  • Lethargy 
  • Pale limbs that are cool to the touch 

Cavies that have gotten too cold should be brought into a warm space quickly, but caution should be taken that they aren’t warmed up too quickly to avoid sending them into shock. Wrap them up in a blanket or towel and bring them inside, while rubbing their bodies vigorously. Hypothermia is a medical emergency in guinea pigs, and you should always call your veterinarian if your cavy displays any symptoms. 

Reduced access to food and water 

Another winter weather struggle is keeping the path to your guinea pigs’ food free of snow, and keeping their water thawed. Frozen paths or snowy treks to get to their food with increase your cavies’ risks of contracting frostbite or hypothermia. 

Feeders should be elevated to prevent snow from blowing into their feed, and water bottles should be rotated throughout the day, being replaced with warm water. You can also wrap water bottles to insulate them against the cold. Open-top containers of water can have bird bath heaters submerged in them to prevent them from freezing — but be sure that any electrical cords are out of your cavies’ reach. 

Guinea pig snow safety tips

Guinea pigs can fare outside in the snow if certain conditions are met. But, if the temperatures are below freezing for an extended period of time, or if your area receives heavy snowfall, it may be best to bring your guinea pigs inside for the winter

Proper housing 

An insulated, draft-free guinea pig hutch can go a long way in keeping your cavies safe in the cold. Omlet’s Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch is designed for year-round use and comfort, while providing a snow-free reprieve from the elements. Use deep bedding like straw and provide fleece blankets inside of the hutch for your cavies to burrow into for extra warmth. 

Add layers 

Extreme weather jackets can be added to the Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch for an added layer of insulation. These hutch covers keep snow and ice off of the hutch, keeping the interior temperature more stable. And, with full coverage, the doors and latches of the hutch will remain accessible and frost-free. 

Reinforce their run 

You can keep snow out of your cavies’ run by covering the top and sides. Our guinea pig run covers are heavy-duty, and effectively keep precipitation out of the run. Choose clear covers to allow warming rays of sun in while keeping the snow out, or solid covers to give your guinea pigs the feeling of privacy when they venture out in the winter air. Or, combine both types of tarps for the best of both worlds. 

Do some guinea pigs fare better than others?

The same safety measures should be taken for any breed of guinea pigs. While cavies have a variety of coats, there are no distinct advantages of a certain type or texture of fur. Longer-haired guinea pigs may be better insulated than short-haired breeds, but as long as your guinea pigs are used to living outdoors, they’ll have molted and regrown a new winter coat that’ll help insulate them against the cold. The main goal is to keep your cavies’ coats dry so that they’re able to maintain their insulating properties. 

The exception to this is the Skinny Pig breed. These hairless cavies have no coats at all to protect them from extreme temperatures, and should only be kept outdoors during moderate weather. 

Omlet and your guinea pigs

Guinea pigs might not like the snow, but they can enjoy their time outside this winter in an Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch. Keeping a close eye on your cavies during the cooler weather will help ensure they’re enjoying their time outside and prevent health conditions brought on by the snow. And, with Omlet, your guinea pigs can nestle in their insulated hutch — comfortably dreaming of the snowless days to come. 

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Do guinea pigs molt?

Guinea pig eating a treat on Omlet's guinea pig Platforms

Like many other pets, guinea pigs molt twice a year. This process of shedding their old coats and putting on a fresh coat for the season is natural, and may be more noticeable in some cavies than others. Find out if the fur you’re finding in your guinea pig’s home is part of this seasonal shed, or if the condition of your cavy’s coat points to something else. 

Why do guinea pigs shed?

The seasonal shedding event is called “molting,” and nearly all animals that have fur or feathers molt. Guinea pigs will typically molt twice a year: in the spring and early fall. The spring shedding session is to prepare for the warmer weather ahead, while the fall molt allows guinea pigs to grow thicker fur for the winter. As the days grow longer or shorter and the temperatures begin to fluctuate, cavies are cued to start their seasonal transformations. 

Outdoor guinea pigs may exhibit a more exaggerated shedding pattern, as they will take their cue to shed from the sun and the weather. It’s not unusual to see a lot of fur in your guinea pig’s hutch or run, and as long as you don’t notice bald patches, this hair loss is perfectly normal during a molt. With this rapid shedding and regrowing of fur, it should take your cavy between 2-6 weeks to complete a molt. 

Indoor guinea pigs may shed more gradually throughout the year, as they aren’t exposed to as much sunlight or changes in temperature as their outdoor counterparts. This may make it seem like indoor cavies shed constantly – which is due to a very slow molting cycle. Since they don’t feel the urgency that outdoor guinea pigs experience when growing a new coat, they will slowly shed old fur throughout the year, which results in daily shedding in small amounts. 

Molting takes a lot of energy, so you may see your guinea pigs sleeping more than usual. They may also be more hesitant or less tolerant of being handled. This is due to hair follicles putting pressure on their skin, which can cause minor discomfort. You may also notice your guinea pigs scratching or rubbing their coats along their hutch or run to help rid their coats of loose hair. 

Do all guinea pigs shed?

Nearly all breeds of guinea pigs shed – except hairless varieties. You can usually tell by looking at your cavy’s natural coat how much they will shed. Guinea pigs with long or dense hair will have a more dramatic shedding pattern than short-haired breeds. Breeds that will typically have the most prominent shedding include: 

Skinny pigs are a breed of hairless guinea pigs that will not molt, unless they have small tufts of fur. However, since they lack natural insulation, they should be kept in a climate-controlled setting to help them keep their body temperatures regulated. Skinny pigs aren’t good candidates to be outdoor cavies – except during temperate weather. 

How to care for your cavies during heavy shedding

Caring for your cavies during a molt isn’t much different from their ordinary daily routine. But, there are a few things you can do to help them feel more comfortable and to reduce your guinea pigs’ shedding


Brushing your guinea pig can help control shedding by ridding their coat of loose hair. Fur that has been shed from the skin can cling to the surrounding coat and create an irritating buildup of more hair and debris. Since long-haired guinea pig breeds are more susceptible to matting under normal conditions, it’s especially important to brush them regularly while they’re molting to prevent knots and mats from forming. 

Grooming your guinea pig also gives you an opportunity to do a quick health check with them. While you brush your cavy, check for: 

  • Weight loss or gain 
  • Lumps or bumps 
  • Overgrown toenails or teeth 
  • Parasites in their coat 
  • Flaky or inflamed skin 
  • Discharge from their eyes, ears, or nose 


Molting takes extra energy, so nutrition is important while your cavy is growing in a new coat. Guinea pigs should always have constant access to timothy or orchard grass hay and a hay-based pellet diet. Since cavies can’t manufacture their own vitamin c, be sure their feed is fortified with this essential nutrient – which is also essential for a healthy hair coat. This is a necessary component of your guinea pig’s diet all year round, but is especially important during a molt to grow a healthy, vibrant new coat. Providing your piggies with a vitamin c supplement in addition to their regular feed during the molting season is perfectly safe, so long as you don’t exceed levels of 100 mg/kg daily. 

Fresh water should also be available at all times. If your guinea pig drinks from a crock, be sure to skim the shed hair from it daily. Water bottle nozzles may also catch loose hair that is blown around, and can clog or leak if the fur interferes with the stopper. 


Keeping your guinea pig’s hutch and run clean and stress-free is essential to helping them through a molt. The Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch is easy to clean thoroughly in just minutes, and offers convenient access to your cavy’s food and water. The cozy interior offers solace from the outside world, as well as a comfortable place to relax during both hot and cold outdoor temperatures. 

Giving your cavies extra space during heavy shedding minimizes stress and the amount of hair they may accidentally consume. An outdoor guinea pig run is a great way to let your cavies take advantage of fresh grass and sunshine, and allows for a breeze to carry the remnants of their discarded coats away. 

Abnormal guinea pig shedding

Aside from the heavy shedding in spring and fall, minimal shedding is to be expected from guinea pigs throughout the year. As long as there are no visible signs of distress or illness, routine hair loss isn’t concerning. However, be on the lookout for the following changes in your cavy’s coat: 

  • Red or flaky skin 
  • Bald patches 
  • Fleas or other visible parasites 
  • Excessive scratching or biting at their coat 

If you notice your guinea pig has any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian. Do not attempt to apply home remedies to your cavy’s coat, as many products that are safe for dogs or cats (or humans) are not compatible with guinea pigs. 

Omlet and your guinea pig’s shed

We’re always creating ways to keep cavies and their keepers safe and happy all year round. When you house your guinea pigs in our Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch and Outdoor Guinea Pig Run, you can be sure that they’re enjoying their time outside to the fullest – even during a molt. No matter the season or scenario, our guinea pig products will lend the support and comfort that your cavies crave. 

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Guinea pig summer safety

Guinea pig in summer eating fruit from their Caddi Guinea Pig Treat Holder

Guinea pig summer safety is an important undertaking for keeping cavies healthy and happy during the warmer months. Just like us, our guinea pigs can enjoy the season as long as they’re able to stay cool, hydrated, and comfortable. Omlet makes it possible for your guinea pigs to be able to weather the warmth and enjoy summer to the fullest. 

Do guinea pigs enjoy summer?

Like many pets, guinea pigs are adaptable and can enjoy the warmer weather so long as: 

  • Your cavies are used to being housed outdoors for several hours a day
  • They have plenty of water and shade
  • You’re able to check in on them every couple of hours 

Guinea pigs that are housed in a climate-controlled setting may experience shock from the sudden change in temperature if they’re taken out during the heat of the day. If you plan to take your indoor-raised cavy outside, make sure to introduce them to the higher temperatures gradually, starting during the coolest part of the day. 

Cavies can live outdoors year-round if they’re housed in a well-ventilated and insulated guinea pig hutch. The Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch is designed to keep cavies comfortable in all weather conditions. The unique twin-wall insulation helps regulate the internal temperature while deflecting external heat. 

Signs your guinea pigs are too hot

Recognizing the signs of heat stress in your guinea pigs is crucial for preventing them from experiencing heat stroke. Keep a close eye on both your guinea pigs and the thermometer to make sure they aren’t getting too hot outside. 

Monitor for heat stroke in guinea pigs 

It should be noted that even guinea pigs housed outdoors should be monitored closely when the weather warms up. Sudden temperature spikes or prolonged temperatures above 80℉ can cause heat stress in guinea pigs, which can lead to heat stroke. Once cavies start to experience heat stroke, it’s very hard to reverse its effects. Not all guinea pigs will experience heat stress at these temperatures, but it’s important to keep a close eye on them regardless. 

Heat stress vs. heat stroke in guinea pigs 

Heat stress, or heat exhaustion, is the beginning stage of heat stroke. Heat stress occurs when your guinea pig’s internal temperature rises above their normal temperature of 103℉. Cavies experiencing heat stress may appear lethargic with heavier breathing than usual. Symptoms may appear suddenly, or come on gradually, but a guinea pig experiencing heat exhaustion can quickly progress to heat stroke. Any guinea pigs observed to be overheating should be brought into a cooler area until they act normally again. 

Symptoms of heat stroke in guinea pigs 

Once a guinea pig has progressed from heat stress to heat stroke, their symptoms can become serious quickly. Symptoms of heat stroke in guinea pigs include: 

  • Laying down – especially stretched out on their sides 
  • Heavy breathing or open-mouthed panting 
  • Dehydration 
  • Lethargy 
  • Seizures 

If you see your cavy displaying any of these symptoms, bring them inside promptly. Refrain from cooling your guinea pig down too quickly – as this can cause their bodies to go into shock. Place them in front of a fan, and offer water if they are able to drink. Use room temperature water to cool them, never ice-cold. Place rags soaked in water on your guinea pigs to help cool them gradually, swapping them out every few minutes. 

Call your veterinarian right away if your guinea pig does not perk up within a few minutes of being inside. Some effects of heat stroke are irreversible, even by a veterinarian, so time is of the essence. To err on the side of caution, even if your cavy perks up and acts normally after a while inside, you can still contact your veterinarian to discuss the next steps and if the event is expected to cause any lasting damage. 

Which guinea pigs can get too hot?

Guinea pigs come in a variety of coat lengths and textures. Long-haired or thick-coated guinea pigs struggle the most in warm weather. These breeds include: 

Because of their excess hair, they have a harder time feeling the cooling effects of a breeze or mist. They also require extra grooming to keep their coats in “working” condition. A guinea pig’s coat acts as natural insulation, keeping heat and cold away from their skin. If a guinea pig’s hair becomes matted down to their skin, they lose the insulating effects. 

Another breed to take extra care with are Skinny Pigs, as they lack hair altogether – which means they have no built-in insulation to combat the heat. Though it may seem like they would be good candidates for warm weather, they are actually more sensitive to temperatures than their fully-furred counterparts. 

3 tips for keeping guinea pigs cool in summer

Along with a ventilated and well-insulated hutch, there are other ways to help keep your guinea pigs cool during the summer months. Set up your cavies for a successful summer with these tips and tricks.  

1. Create some shade 

Your guinea pigs’ outdoor run is a great place to create shady places to relax during warmer weather. Zippi Guinea Pig Platforms not only give your cavies more room in their run, but also provide a shady spot to retreat to when the sun is out. Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters can be placed throughout the run to offer a hiding spot from UV rays as well. And, with guinea pig run weather covers you can create large shaded areas for your cavies to cool off in. 

Add optional wheels and handles to your guinea pigs’ Eglu Go hutch to easily move them to a shadier spot in the yard. With the freedom to move with ease, you can relocate your piggies as often as the sun moves. 

2. Offer frozen treats 

Who doesn’t enjoy a good frozen treat on a hot summer day? Toss some guinea pig-friendly foods in the freezer to offer up during warmer weather. Fill a Caddi Guinea Pig Treat Holder with the chilled treats to reduce waste and help them last longer. The Caddi treat holder hangs easily from any Omlet run or other setup and can be adjusted to help piggies of all stature reach their frozen treats. 

You can also freeze water bottles to place in the run or hutch with your cavies. Place the frozen bottles on their sides in a place where they won’t roll to prevent injuries. Offer 1-2 bottles per guinea pig, and watch them cozy up to these cooling containers. 

3. Spend some time indoors 

For particularly scorching temperatures, it may be best to bring your guinea pigs indoors during the heat of the day. You can create a safe space for them inside with a Zippi Guinea Pig Playpen so that they can enjoy the climate-controlled environment without getting into mischief. Guinea pigs’ ideal ambient temperatures are between 65-75°F. If you plan to put your guinea pig back outside, make sure not to keep them indoors for more than a few hours. The best time to bring them inside is during the hottest part of the day – usually around 3:00-4:00 pm until sunset. Once the sun goes down and the outdoor temperatures begin to fall, it will be safe to put your guinea pigs back in their home. 

Omlet and your cavies

Keeping your cavies cool during the summer doesn’t have to be a chore. When you start out with the right setup, supplementing their well-being is much less work – leaving more time for summer fun with your guinea pigs. House your cavies in an Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch for year-round comfort, and add Zippi Guinea Pig Platforms for fun and shelter from the sun. Top their setup off with a Caddi Guinea Pig Treat Holder, and your guinea pigs will be ready to enjoy summers for years to come. 

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Platforms: multi-level exercise for your pets 

Guinea pig climbing into the Omlet Zippi Shelter on the Omlet Zippi Platform

Rabbits and guinea pigs need exercise – and lots of it. Bunnies and cavies can become bored quickly without enough physical and mental stimulation, and a lack of activity can create these small pets to gain an unhealthy amount of weight. Adding levels to your rabbit or guinea pig’s enclosure through the use of platforms encourages more exercise and builds strength. 

Physical and mental well-being

Exercise is important to rabbits and guinea pigs to keep them both physically and mentally fit. Keeping small animals at an appropriate weight is essential to their longevity. Accomplished through a balanced diet and plenty of space to be active, a rabbit or guinea pig kept at a healthy weight will remain active far longer than their overweight counterparts. 

Omlet’s Zippi Platforms for rabbits and guinea pigs are designed to add extra space to your pet’s run. More space in their enclosure offers more opportunities for enriching activities and accessories. Teach your bunny or cavy new tricks on their platform to further stimulate their critical thinking skills. 

Prevent the risk of injury and obesity

Rabbits and guinea pigs that spend the majority of their time in their enclosures aren’t able to exercise as much as their cousins in the wild. Wild cavies and hares run long distances, burrow, scurry, and don’t have constant access to food. Our pets that descended from these wild animals have slower metabolisms as a result of breeding and circumstance and rely on care from their owners to remain fit and healthy. 

The use of ramps to access Zippi Platforms strengthens muscles and offers mental stimulation. Our platforms can be easily repositioned for rabbits especially to add more height. By exercising at an incline, your rabbit or guinea pig will utilize their muscles in ways that a one-dimensional enclosure can’t offer. 

Overweight pets are prone to joint pain, health issues such as diabetes or other metabolic diseases, and decreased lifespan. Regular veterinary checkups can help you determine if your rabbit or guinea pig is receiving adequate nutrition and exercise. You can also do a quick check at home to see if your pet is overweight by gently pressing along the sides of your rabbit or guinea pig’s abdomen. Can you feel their ribs? You should be able to feel the distinct ridges of your pet’s ribcage without having to press too firmly. If you can’t feel their ribs, they’re likely overweight. 

Along with exercise, diet is critical in keeping your rabbit or guinea pig healthy. Offer high-quality pellets that are timothy hay-based, and offer free-choice loose timothy hay or orchard grass. Treats should be given sparingly, and should consist of fresh greens rather than store-bought treats. Other guinea pig and rabbit-safe treats can be offered, but are best utilized during training sessions or other special occasions. 

Platforms: a multitude of possibilities

Rabbits and guinea pigs grow bored easily in their surroundings. By adding platforms to their run, the topography of their environment can be changed regularly. Try feeding them on their platform one week, and below the platform another week. You can also place their favorite bed or toy at the top of the platform to encourage climbing up and down the ramp. 

Small pets are also prey animals, which means they appreciate a higher vantage point. Your guinea pig or rabbit will appreciate the opportunity to scamper and scurry to the top of their platform to get a new look at their world. 

Create the ultimate playspace for your rabbit or guinea pig. Omlet’s Zippi Platforms can be easily adjusted to a height that accommodates your pet’s personality and skill level. They can also be repositioned easily around the run to change up your bunny or cavy’s enclosure regularly. Our non-slip design builds confidence in your pets, allowing them to navigate the ramps and platforms with ease. 

An easy way to have fun together

An elevated space in your rabbit or guinea pig’s run gives you a chance to interact with them on a higher level – literally! Sit with them at eye level, train on a flat and accessible surface, and customize their run with the use of Zippi Platforms. A designated training space will help you train your rabbit or guinea pig to perform tricks, giving you a clear, easily accessible area to work with your pet. 

The first training opportunity you’ll find with your rabbit or guinea pig is getting them comfortable with their ramp and platform. Offer your rabbit or guinea pig’s favorite treats in a Caddi Guinea Pig or Rabbit Treat Holder placed at the top of the ramp. This will be the easiest way to help your pet get the hang of going up to the platform – especially if they are food-motivated. Once they are comfortable using their ramp and platform, you can begin teaching your rabbit or guinea pig additional skills. 

Omlet and your small pets 

Omlet is dedicated to designing products that thrill both pets and their owners. From unique rabbit and guinea pig shelters, to our customizable and versatile Zippi Tunnel System, we’ve got what you need to create the ultimate experience for your small pets. Foster your rabbit or guinea pig’s natural instincts while providing a visually stunning enclosure to enjoy in your yard or garden. With Omlet, owning and caring for your pets has never been easier. 

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How to choose an animal for your 4-H project

Children outside with their rabbit in Omlet Zippi Tunnel SystemDid you know that you can raise an animal for your 4-H project? Not only that, but you can raise your 4-H project animal out in the country, or right in the middle of the city! With Omlet, raising a small animal for your 4-H project is easy and enjoyable. 

The National 4-H Council has many different opportunities for projects, and raising animals is part of most local 4-H groups. We’ll help you get started with your new 4-H project by helping you decide which animal would be the best fit for you. And, we’ll talk about how to care for your 4-H project animal, how to get ready for show day, and what to expect along the way.

What is 4-H? 

4-H stands for: “head, heart, hands, and health.” These four aspects are what 4-H programs foster in kids ages 8-18 years old. From science, community outreach, agriculture, to healthy living programs, there’s something for everyone! 

Projects for 4-H are chosen on an individual basis. These projects are completed over the course of several months, and are usually shown at an exhibition or county fair. If you’ve been to a county fair or stock show, you’ve probably seen 4-H exhibitors displaying their projects. Projects like art, leather working, welding, and livestock or small animals are commonly shown at these events. 

Find your local 4-H group to see what types of projects your area supports. Most local 4-H groups will have animal projects as an option. Most animal projects are considered “livestock” under the category of agriculture, but many animals can be raised as a 4-H project. If you live in a city or are short on space, you may be particularly interested in small animals like rabbits, cavies (guinea pigs) or even chickens. 

Choosing an animal for your 4-H project 

Before deciding on your project, you’ll need to become a member of your local 4-H group and see which animal projects they support. Your group leader can help you choose the best animal for your project, and how and when to show them. Animal exhibitions usually take place at county fairs, stock shows, and group or association-sponsored shows. Show schedules are usually published well in advance, and can help you decide which animal you’d like to raise, and how soon you’ll need to get started. 

Rabbits, guinea pigs, and chickens are great projects for children of all ages. They’re all easy to handle and care for, and come in a variety of breeds to choose from. These small animals don’t need much space, and can teach valuable animal husbandry skills to kids of all ages. 

Raising your animals for your project is part of the work (and fun!) of being part of a 4-H group. Most animals need to be purchased as young as possible so that you have time to bond and fully raise your project. Rabbits, guinea pigs, and chickens all mature quickly, 

Caring for your 4-H project animal

Whichever animal you choose for your 4-H project, they’ll need housing and proper care to thrive. It’s important to set up their housing and purchase their feed and accessories before bringing them home. We’ve outlined some basic care needs for rabbits, guinea pigs, and chickens to help you decide which animal project is the best fit for you. 

Caring for rabbits 

Taking care of a rabbit is a big responsibility, but with the right products can be easy and enjoyable. Bunnies bond with their owners, are fun to show, and there are a variety of rabbit breeds to choose from. To successfully keep a rabbit for your project, you’ll need: 

It’s important that your rabbit has enough room to run and build muscle. Body composition is one of the criteria that your rabbit will be judged on, so keeping them fit is essential. Some breeds may also require mild to moderate grooming. All rabbits will need their nails trimmed routinely and given chew toys (preferably those made from apple wood) to help keep their continuously-growing teeth filed down. Handling your rabbit daily will help prepare them for their routine grooming sessions and for the show table. 

 Caring for guinea pigs 

Taking care of guinea pigs is similar to caring for a rabbit. The exception is that while rabbits can thrive being kept by themselves, guinea pigs do best in pairs. To avoid unwanted litters, make sure to get two guinea pigs of the same gender! You may not necessarily show both of them, but it’s best to get your pair while they are young so that they can bond and mature together. 

To care for guinea pigs, you’ll need: 

Like rabbits, some guinea pig breeds will require grooming beyond regular nail trims. Handle your guinea pigs daily and help them get used to being placed on a table for showing. Omlet’s Guinea Pig Platforms are a great tool for getting your cavies used to being on a table-like surface. 

Caring for chickens 

Taking care of chickens is surprisingly easy once you understand their basic needs. Even though they’re commonly associated with farms, chickens can actually thrive in urban settings too. Since chickens aren’t common backyard pets in cities, make sure you check with your city zoning office to get permission to house chickens, and if there are housing requirements for your flock. 

Chickens need: 

There are many different breeds of chickens to choose from. If you choose laying hens to show, you’ll get to benefit from fresh eggs once they’re old enough to start laying. It’s important to remember that chickens are flock animals by nature, so you’ll want to keep a minimum of 2-3 birds at a time. 

Breed-specific care 

Each breed has their own standards by which they will be graded on by a judge. Their coat or feather coloring and patterns, body composition, conformation, overall health, and size will all be taken into account. It’s also important to choose your project animals from reputable breeders. 

Some flaws in breed standards will be grounds for disqualification or score docking. While mixed breeds make excellent pets, only purebred animals are allowed to be shown. Once you’ve selected the breed of rabbit, guinea pig or chicken that you’d like to show, familiarize yourself with the breed standard so that you can select quality animals. You may want to ask your 4-H leader or other seasoned-show person to go with you when you pick out your young animal. 

Preparing for your show 

You’ll have your project animals for months before showing them, which gives you time to prepare both yourself and your animals for show day. Your 4-H group will likely have meetings that are held regularly to support you throughout your journey. Some meetings may require you to bring your animal along with you so that your leader can check their progress. 

Rabbits, guinea pigs, and chickens will all be weighed on show day, so it’s important to weigh them at home to make sure they’re getting proper nutrition. Keep a record of each weighing session to share with your 4-H leader so that they can help you determine if your animals are over or underweight. 

For the majority of the show, your rabbit, guinea pig, or chicken will be placed in a wire cage until it’s time for the judge to handle them. Practice having your animal stay in the same cage that you will use to transport them to the show a few times each week to get them used to being confined outside of their hutch and run. 

When it’s your rabbit, guinea pig, or chicken’s turn, the judge will remove them from their wire cage and handle them. They will place them on a table, feel their muscles and fur or feathers, and look at their overall appearance. Ask your 4-H leader to help you with proper table placement and how to hold your animals the same way the judge will. A well-mannered, trained 4-H animal stands out to a judge! 

What to expect after the show 

You may have offers from potential buyers for your rabbit, guinea pig, or chicken after a show – especially if they’ve won a ribbon! It’s completely up to you if you’d like to sell your project animal, or if you’d like to continue on with their show career. Some people sell their animals at a show in order to try a different breed or type of animal for their next project. Others may decide that they want to keep their project animals as family pets, or as breeding stock for future projects. 

If you don’t have offers for your animals at the show, that’s okay too. You can still decide to sell them later, or keep them as family pets. Take notes from the judge to review and see if the marks are something your animal can overcome through nutrition or exercise. If your animal was disqualified for not having breed-standard coloring or build, then they should be retired as a beloved family pet. 

No matter the results, you should feel immense pride after completing your first show! Lots of time and effort goes into taking care of animals – whether they be show animals or family pets. Some of the great opportunities 4-H has to offer are teaching children responsibility, hard work, and dedication. And, sometimes not winning a ribbon is one of the greatest learning opportunities of all. 

Omlet and your 4-H animal project 

Omlet has housing solutions for your 4-H animal projects. By having easy-to-clean hutches and coops, you can keep your animals’ home clean and comfortable in minutes, saving you valuable time to train and work with your rabbit, guinea pigs, or chickens. Choose from our line of enriching products to build both your relationship with your 4-H project animals and their muscles: 

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Male vs female guinea pigs 

Two guinea pigs interacting in Omlet Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch

Trying to decide between male and female guinea pigs? It’s well known that guinea pigs do best in bonded pairs or small “herds”, but when it comes to selecting male or female cavies, things can get a little vague. Are there noticeable differences between the two? Can opposite genders be kept together? What are male and female guinea pigs called? 

Male guinea pigs are called “boars” and female guinea pigs are called “sows”, just like their non-related namesakes. Boars and sows have slight differences in both appearance and personality. We’ll help you narrow down which to choose. 

Physical differences

Guinea pigs somewhat resemble adorable potatoes. These plump, short-legged, bundles of energy have been known to provoke the humorous question: which end is the tail? Physical differences in their potato-esque bodies are subtle, but in general males will be larger than females. 


Boars tend to weigh slightly more than sows – around half a pound heavier. Like other male animals, male guinea pigs may appear bulkier than females, even if they don’t weigh much more. 


Male guinea pigs can be slightly longer than females, however, this isn’t always the case. While a boar may appear larger than a sow, it’s usually by weight rather than length. 

Behavioral differences

The most notable differences between male and female guinea pigs are seen through their behavior and personalities. Here we’ll outline some of the most common behavioral differences between boars and sows. 


Males have testosterone, and boars that aren’t neutered have an abundance of it! This can sometimes lead to territorial aggression in male guinea pigs – both among cagemates and caretakers. A large guinea pig hutch and run is necessary when housing male guinea pigs together. Small enclosures can create strife between boars, so it’s best to give them as much room as possible. Secondary runs, such as the Zippi Guinea Pig Runs can be connected to their main enclosure through the Zippi Guinea Pig Tunnel System to give them plenty of space to spread out. 

Female guinea pigs aren’t usually aggressive with each other, but each individual cavy is different. In general, sows live together amicably, but can occasionally exhibit territorial aggression if kept in enclosures that are too small for them. Like with males, giving female guinea pigs as much space as possible is always the safest option. 


Each individual guinea pig will have their own personality, but boars tend to be more outgoing and curious with their owners. Sows are generally more shy and content to hide out. Training guinea pigs is possible no matter what personality type your cavy has, but as a general rule, may be easier with males. 


Since boars are larger than sows, they’ll need to eat more. And, for reasons unclear to humans, male guinea pigs tend to get very messy with their meals. It’s not uncommon for boars to toss their pellets or spread their hay around their hutch and run. A Caddi Treat Holder is a great solution to serve fresh fruits and vegetables or hay to boars to reduce waste. Sows may not need to eat as often, but should still have quality pellets and hay available to them at all times. 


Guinea pigs have their own language that they try to impart to their humans. Any guinea pig can get vocal (especially around mealtimes), but males may be particularly loud. This is partly because of their more outgoing personalities, and partly because they are more robust by nature. Still, sows will make plenty of noises that only guinea pigs can muster! 


On average, male guinea pigs have a lifespan of 1-2 years longer than females. However, the lifespan of all cavies is largely dependent on their diet, care, and environment. Guinea pigs often suffer from being overweight, which puts extra pressure on their small frame, so keeping them active is necessary for a long lifespan. Guinea pig accessories are an excellent way to add physical and mental enrichment to any guinea pig’s life. 

Maintenance and care

Boars have a musky odor that is off-putting to many owners. This smell is the result of glands that are used in marking territory and attracting females – though not attractive to human noses! They’re also notorious for spilling food and water, and are perfectly content to stew in the mess they’ve created.  

Many owners want to know how to reduce guinea pig smells, but an easy-to-clean guinea pig hutch is the best method for warding off unwanted odors. Wiping down the inside of the hutch and refreshing the bedding daily makes a huge difference in preventing unwanted smells from your guinea pigs.  

Regular hutch cleanings are usually all that’s needed to keep your guinea pig looking and smelling fresh, but some cavies with longer coats may need additional care. It’s generally not advised to bathe a guinea pig regardless of gender or breed, but grooming your guinea pig can be a great bonding experience. 

Both male and female guinea pigs can thrive outdoors all year round. A quality guinea pig hutch fosters their natural instincts, keeps them cool in summer and warm in winter, and gives them plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors. It’s common to see owners house their cavies inside, but guinea pigs thrive in an outdoor environment so long as their needs are met.

Guinea pig breeds and behavior

Sometimes behavior is more heavily influenced by the breeds of guinea pigs than their genders. No matter which breed or gender you choose, it’s important to meet the guinea pig you are thinking about adding to your family to get a feel for their unique personality. Many guinea pig owners find themselves surprised by bringing home a cavy that is neither the gender nor breed they originally planned on. The best practice is to bring home the piggie whose disposition complements your own. 


Because of their territorial nature, it’s best to have just a bonded pair of males, unless you have plenty of space to expand their territory. Small herds of females are another good option if you’re considering adopting more than a bonded pair. Sometimes, you may find a neutered male guinea pig in need of a home, or may consider having your boar neutered. Neutered males living together display less aggression, and can be housed with females without the risk of accidental litters. If you’re interested in having a male guinea pig neutered, be sure to find a veterinarian that is familiar with altering cavies – it’s not as common of a procedure for guinea pigs as it is for dogs and cats. 

Omlet and your guineas

Omlet makes products that help you keep your guinea pigs healthy and happy. Our line of guinea pig products makes caring for your cavies fun and enjoyable. Whether you choose boars or sows, choose Omlet products to help them live their best lives. 

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Cavy Coats – The Many Colors and Textures of Guinea Pigs

Black and white long-haired guinea pig in autumnal leaves

Did you know that there are many different breeds of guinea pigs? There are actually 13 breeds recognized by the American Cavy Breeders of America (ACBA), and several other varieties that have emerged through selective breeding. Some are larger than others, and their personalities differ slightly between breeds – but overall the biggest difference between types of guinea pigs is their coats. A guinea pig’s fur can be short, long, straight, curly, or in the case of “skinny pigs,” non-existent!

Some guinea pigs have such long hair that they appear as though they’re wearing skirts, and some have tight, curly hair that gives them a fluffy appearance. Among the 13 recognized breeds from the ACBA, 5 are long-haired, and 5 are textured! So what people commonly think of when they visualize guinea pigs (short hair with various markings), is actually a minority of guinea pig breeds.

“Skinny pigs” (hairless guinea pigs), dalmatian guinea pigs, and fox guinea pigs are all examples of “experimental” breeds that have emerged recently. Experimental breeds are those that are selectively bred for a desired trait, and once that trait can be replicated for several generations, can one day become a recognized breed at a national level.

Even though some breeds may require more grooming than others, on the whole guinea pigs remain one of the best starter pets for children, and some of the easiest small animals to take care of. Discover the many coats of cavies, and how to choose the right guinea pig for you!

Hair or fur?

Does a guinea pig have hair or fur? Or is there a difference?

Hair is an individual component of fur, which is the collective term. Technically all mammals have fur, because they are covered in hairs – including humans! Hair can also be defined as ever-growing length that is independent of fur, which grows to a definitive length and does not require trimming.

Like most mammals, guinea pigs have fur that covers their bodies. In fact, they are precocial, which means they are born with fur, teeth, and the ability to walk! But longhaired breed guinea pigs have coats much like longhaired dogs and cats that grow continuously throughout their lives.

The fur on guinea pigs serves the same purpose that it does in all mammals – insulation, protection from elements, and of course, visual appeal! But one type of guinea pig, known as the “skinny pig,” has actually been bred to be completely hairless, save for the occasional patch of fur around their ears or muzzles. Since they don’t have fur, skinny pigs are not good candidates for living outdoors, as they cannot regulate their temperatures without fur for insulation. But, even though they might not come in the variety of colors and textures as their clothed-cousins, they still have the cuteness factor!

Do guinea pigs shed?

Guinea pigs shed seasonally just as other household pets do. A guinea pig will release the dense undercoat they grew for the winter come spring, and will shed throughout the summer as the weather warms. By brushing your guinea pigs regularly, you can assist them in ridding their coats of excess hair.

Shedding shouldn’t be a concern unless your cavy is shedding excessively in the cooler months, or if they are losing hair to the point of having bald patches. If you notice your guinea pig scratching or pulling at their coat, or notice any red or irritated skin, contact your veterinarian.

Can guinea pigs change colors?

While patterns and base colors remain the same, the shade of your guinea pig is likely to change with the seasons – and some changes might actually be permanent!

When a guinea pig is about 3 months old, they will shed their baby fur and grow an adult coat. Sometimes they can change colors entirely during this progression! Seasonal shedding can also alter the appearance of your guinea pig due to the decreased presence of their dense undercoat. As your guinea pig ages, each shedding and regrowing season may bring a new hue to their coat, which can be a permanent change.

The only color change you should be wary of is yellow, as this indicates urine staining on your guinea pig. Make sure you change their bedding frequently so that they don’t stand or lay in their urine to avoid staining their coat and inviting bacterial infections to start.

Guinea pig looking out of Omlet Zippi Shelter in green

Short-haired guinea pig breeds

There are three officially recognized breeds of short-coated guinea pigs: American, American Satin, and White Crested. The American breed is the most common, and is known for its gentle and docile temperament and low-maintenance coat. They are also known to be very friendly with other guinea pigs, which makes them a great choice if you already have a guinea pig or two.

Other breeds of piggies that are considered short to medium-haired have textured coats. These breeds are: Abyssinian, Abyssinian Satin, Teddy, and Teddy Satin. Abyssinian guinea pigs have whorls (officially known as “rosettes”) that look like cowlicks all over their bodies, giving them a quirky appearance! Teddy breeds have very dense and velvety coats with lots of volume – the density of their coat makes it stand up and away from their bodies, in a very “plushy” look. Satin breeds have a sleek and shiny coat in addition to their breed-specific patterns or traits.

Long-haired guinea pig breeds

Guinea pigs with long hair require more maintenance than those with shorter coats, but if you keep up with their grooming, they are remarkable to behold! Piggies with long, luscious locks include: Coronet, Peruvian, Peruvian Satin, Silkie, Silkie Satin, and Texel.

All of these breeds (except Texels), have long, flowing locks that give them a “walking-mop” appearance. Both striking and adorable, some of these breeds can have coats up to 24 inches long! One of the smallest breeds of guinea pigs, the Texel makes up for its size difference in astonishing curls that hang in ringlets from their bodies. Their coats can be combed or brushed into waves, or be detangled gently to keep their bouncy, corkscrew curls.

All long-haired guinea pigs share the same friendly and easy going demeanor as their short-haired cousins, but some are known to be a little mischievous if they become bored! Like all cavies, long haired guinea pigs need enriching activities that challenge both their minds and bodies. Guinea pig treat holders are a great way to encourage foraging and to stretch out little legs and backs while keeping hair out of their snacks!

How do I groom my guinea pig?

Both long and short haired guinea pigs need some routine grooming. They don’t need to be bathed often – in fact, you want to avoid giving your guinea pig a bath unless they have urine-stains or got exceptionally filthy. Frequent bathing can dry out their skin and open themselves to bacterial or fungal infections more readily. This is especially true for hairless guinea pigs, which should never be bathed.

When performing routine grooming for your guinea pig, you’ll want to focus on their: teeth, nails, coat, and face.

Don’t worry – you don’t have to go out and find a tiny toothbrush for your cavy! You’ll just want to watch your guinea pig munch on a treat, or hold them gently and pull down their bottom lip to make sure they aren’t getting “long in the tooth.” Like all rodents, their teeth grow continuously, and they chew and nibble on things daily to wear them down. A healthy guinea pig mouth should have white teeth with minimal overlap in the front. Minor tooth staining is normal for cavies eating fruits and vegetables, and isn’t a cause for concern unless the entire tooth is affected.

Regular nail trimming should be part of your guinea pig’s grooming routine. Cavies that live outside, or that have ample room in a guinea pig run will need less frequent nail trimming, as they will wear them down while they’re running and playing. When you trim your guinea pig’s nails, make sure that you can see the blood supply (the “quick”) so that you don’t accidentally nick them. And don’t try to trim the nails on a restless guinea pig – wait until they are relaxed and comfortable being in a good position to handle their nails. This may take some practice sessions without actually trimming their nails (treats go a long way!).

Coats of short-haired guinea pigs may need to be brushed in the spring or summer when they shed their undercoats, but it usually isn’t necessary to brush them on a regular basis. Long-haired guinea pigs should be brushed several times a week, depending on their housing conditions and length of their coat. Consider using recycled paper or pine pellets for bedding in long-haired guinea pig homes, as shavings can become tangled in long hair.

To finish up your grooming routine, check your guinea pig’s face for any discharge from the eyes or nose. Clear drainage is normal, but if you notice white or yellow discharge, contact your veterinarian.

Grooming your guinea pig will help strengthen your bond and ensure that your cavy is in good health. Think of each grooming session as another chance to build trust with your guinea pig, and for you to do a brief examination of their health.

Making care even easier and more fun

Guinea pigs are some of the easiest pets to care for – and some of the most enjoyable! You’ll be rewarded with “wheeks” and “chuts” and “popcorning” as part of a language unique to guinea pigs, and probably a cuddle or two!

As with any pet, starting with a good foundation is key. A quality guinea pig hutch is essential in providing the best care for your cavy. Guinea pig shelters and tunnels make for functional accessories that make your guinea pig feel more comfortable in their environment, while providing them with mental and physical exercise.

Have you decided on which breed of guinea pig to add to your family? Let us know below!

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Christmas treats for rabbits and guinea pigs 

Guinea pigs in Christmas hats eating Christmas treats

Christmas is the most magical part of the season. It’s the perfect time to snuggle up with your small furry friend and enjoy this special time of year.

And let’s not forget the food. Christmas is one of the biggest holidays for a “foodie,” and if you share a home with a rabbit or guinea pig, you know they’re foodies too. Thankfully, there are several festive treats that you can share with your food-loving friends – just hold the seasoning and spices. 

What are your Christmas meal staples? If you’re like most, your Christmas spread probably includes turkey, stuffing, various vegetables, and sides, punctuated with decadent desserts. And with all that meal prep, there are lots of scraps and trimmings that you can give your rabbit or guinea pig as a special holiday treat. 

Treats for your bunnies

Rabbits and carrots go together like turkey and gravy. But what other trimmings can you save for your bunny when you’re prepping for your Christmas meal? 

Rabbit-safe Christmas meal ingredients that you can share with your bunny include: carrots and their tops (though in moderation, as carrots are high in sugar – which is why rabbits love them), celery, cranberries (fresh or unsweetened and dried), fresh green beans, and leafy greens such as lettuce and cabbage. And if your Christmas dinner doesn’t stick to the traditional menu, a list of rabbit-safe foods can be referenced to see what you can feed your bunny from the kitchen. 

The easiest way to keep your rabbit’s treats separate from what gets tossed and what gets seasoned is to keep a bunny bowl on the counter. Any trimmings that are meant for your rabbit can be scooped into a bowl and offered once you’re done with your meal prepping – just make sure all of your helping hands in the kitchen know what this is for.  

If you’re really feeling festive, you can also find many recipes online for rabbit-friendly baked goods like carrot cake or banana treats to make their holiday extra special. 

Guinea pig goodies 

Guinea pigs follow a diet that resembles a rabbit’s, except that they need more vitamin C as they cannot manufacture their own. The same foods that you reserve for your rabbit can be safely offered to your guinea pig, but some additional considerations for cavies are: small amounts of orange or orange peel, bell peppers (yellow, red, or orange are best), broccoli, apple slices, and berries. 

Part of the cuteness of cavies is their build, but with their little legs and larger bodies, it’s important not to overfeed them. Ideas for guinea pig baked goods can also be found online, but any holiday goodies should be served as a one-time treat. 

Keep a cavy cup handy in the kitchen during holiday baking and meal prep. If possible, refrigerate excess scraps to offer at a later date if your cup “runneth over!” 

Holiday hazards 

While there are many delicious and nutritious foods to share with your rabbit or guinea pig, there are also holiday staples that should not be shared. Avoid feeding: 

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Potatoes (especially if raw) 
  • Sugary or baked goods 
  • Bread 
  • Meat 

If your rabbit or guinea pig happens to sneak a taste of something they shouldn’t, identify what it was and how much they ingested and call your vet. Christmas is the most common time of the year for pets (large and small) to get into something they shouldn’t, so take precautions to ensure your bunny or cavy aren’t able to sneak a bite. Make sure your rabbit or guinea pig is safe in their hutch or run, or set up a rabbit or guinea pig playpen to keep your furry family members out of the kitchen and away from falling foods and cooking utensils.  

White rabbits eating from a Caddi Rabbit Treat Holder on Zippi Rabbit Run Platforms

Special occasion treats and year-round feeding 

Rabbits and guinea pigs both need a quality pellet feed (ideally timothy hay-based), and unlimited access to timothy hay or orchard grass and fresh water, with guinea pigs needing additional vitamin C. Around 90% of both your rabbit and guinea pig’s diet should consist of these staples, with treats being given no more than a few times a week. 

The best treats are those that incorporate into a well-balanced diet for bunnies and cavies, such as vegetables or fruits that offer nutritional value. Anything indulgent should be offered on special occasions like holidays or your pet’s birthday – otherwise, it might upset their digestive systems or influence their food preferences. 

Feeding treats in a Caddi rabbit treat holder or a Caddi guinea pig treat holder is a great way to keep their favorite treats together and up off the ground. It’s also a nice “plating” option when serving up special holiday fare. 

A home for the holidays 

The holiday season should be a time of comfort and joy for both you and your furry family members. This time of the year also brings colder temperatures and freezing precipitation, so be sure your rabbit or guinea pig is housed in an insulated rabbit hutch or guinea pig hutch for optimum cosiness. And bring on the joy with Zippi tunnels and playpens for endless fun so guinea pigs and rabbits can warm up their bodies and appetites. 

With a warm home, full bellies, and loving humans, your small furry family members are sure to have the best holiday season. 

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Rescuing a Guinea Pig: Is Adoption Right for You?  

Happy guinea pigs enjoying their Omlet Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch

Guinea pigs make for incredibly entertaining and enjoyable pets. They’re highly social, recognize (and “talk” to!) their humans, and are capable of learning tricks and basic commands. So why would anyone want to part with one? 

Like any pet, guinea pigs are an addition to a family and require care and attention. Adding any pet to a family is a big commitment! Cavies (a shorthand name of the scientific name for guinea pigs) make excellent pets for children, as they are known for their gentle dispositions and adorable personalities. But unlike other small pets, guinea pigs have a long lifespan for rodents: up to 8 years! Compared to a shorter life span of 2-3 years for hamsters or gerbils, families often don’t realize just how long a guinea pig will be part of the family. Guinea pigs also require more space than pocket-pets, eat more, and prefer to be kept in pairs or small groups. And, if not provided with enough enrichment and opportunities to exercise, they become bored and will vocalize their displeasure! For these reasons, hundreds of guinea pigs are surrendered to shelters and rescue groups every year, hoping to find their forever homes. 

Reasons to rescue 

Adopting a guinea pig is one of the most noble and commendable ways to become a proud owner of a cavy (or two)! Shelters are not usually equipped with the necessities to keep a cavy comfortable, and are noisy/scary places for a small pet! In truth, you may actually be saving a guinea pig’s life when you adopt from a shelter or humane society. 

As upsetting as that may be, many rescue groups band together to save animals of all kinds from shelters. You can help by adopting a guinea pig directly from the shelter, or from a rescue group! Your adoption/rehoming fee goes directly back into the organization’s funds for feeding, caring for, and rescuing future pets. 

Are you on the fence about owning guinea pigs? You may be interested in fostering one or two! Fostering guinea pigs takes the pressure of being a permanent home off of you, while still providing a safe place for them while you find their perfect home. Check with local guinea pig rescue organizations to see if you can join their list of foster homes – many of them will help you financially care for the guinea pigs you foster, or offer supplies such as bedding and food. It’s also a great opportunity to see if owning a guinea pig is right for you! 

Adopting vs. shopping 

You’re probably familiar with the campaign of “adopt, don’t shop” that shelters and rescue groups use for finding homes for dogs in particular. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with “shopping” (purchasing from a breeder or store) to obtain a guinea pig, there are plenty of cavies in need of forever homes if you know where to look. 

Humane societies, animal shelters (sometimes called “animal control facilities”), adoption centers, or adoption fairs are all registered with your city or state and can be found online. Be sure to ask them if they have any guinea pigs available – just because they aren’t listed online doesn’t mean they don’t come across them! 

Rescue groups or individuals are also great resources when looking to adopt a guinea pig, and will usually offer continued education and assistance after you adopt through them. These groups or individuals can be found through an online search, Facebook groups, websites such as PetFinder, or through your local shelter or veterinarian. 

It’s important to check the credibility of a rescue group or individual before adopting from them. You can ask a group for their non-profit status and verify that they are a registered 501c non-profit group with your state. To check the efforts of an individual, ask them for references and/or ask them which veterinarian they take their cavies to. When you call the veterinarian’s office, they should be more than happy to verify that the individual brings guinea pigs in for care. 

A coat for every occasion 

Choosing the right guinea pig breed isn’t entirely necessary, but it is fun! Guinea pigs all have unique personalities, but are universally known to be sweet, good-natured pets. Breeds have primarily been developed for different coat types – and there are many different varieties! Choosing the right breed for your family really comes down to how you want your guinea pig’s coat to look, and how much time you’d like to spend grooming and brushing them. Coats range from long to short and straight to curly – with some guinea pigs having no hair at all! 

If there’s a particular breed with a coat that appeals most to you, you may want to go through a breeder or a rescue group that really knows their cavies! Still, in checking with shelters and rescues routinely, you may stumble upon your perfect piggy – or one that steals your heart regardless of their hair! Be sure to ask the shelter or rescue to put your name on a list if you are searching for a specific type of guinea pig. 

The main attributes to consider when adopting a guinea pig are: 

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Personality 

Is it a young or senior guinea pig? Are you adopting more than one? If so, be sure to get same-sex pairs to avoid accidental litters of guinea pig pups! And is the guinea pig you’re considering outgoing or shy? 

Finding a guinea pig that fits into your lifestyle and meshes with your family is the most important part of choosing your cavy. Even if the guinea pig you see at the shelter or rescue isn’t the one for you, you can spread the word on social media to help it find its forever home! 

Prepare for “popcorning”

If you aren’t familiar with guinea pigs, one of the most adorable things they do when they’re happy is something called “popcorning.” When a guinea pig is at their happiest, they will quite literally jump for joy – twisting and grunting to form the action known as a guinea pig “popcorn.” 

So how do you get your piggy to popcorn? You help them live their best life through shelter, play, diet, and basic care! 

By choosing a high-quality enclosure like the Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch from the beginning, you’ll avoid having to replace it down the road. We invented this hutch with the spirit of enabling guinea pigs to enjoy nature safely and securely. 

That’s right – you can house your guinea pig outside, all year long! It’s a common misconception that guinea pigs have to be housed indoors, but they’re actually quite capable of adapting to life outside! The added benefits of having an Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch include: weather and predator protection, anti-gnawing and chewing design, and being super easy to clean! 

Regardless of whether you keep your cavy indoors or outdoors, they’ll need engaging activities to exercise their minds and bodies. Since guinea pigs love to tunnel (but not dig their own!), a system of Zippi Guinea Pig Tunnels is an excellent way to curb boredom and move those little legs! Combine the tunnels with Zippi Guinea Pig Runs and Playpens for safe, enclosed playtime – inside or outside! 

Setting up an enriching, safe place for your guinea pig will help them adjust easier and faster, which allows you to spend less time cleaning and more time playing and bonding with them! 

Caring for your cavy 

Once you have all of the proper equipment, guinea pigs are relatively easy to care for. Their diet should consist mainly of ruffage such as Timothy hay, fed in unlimited amounts. They should also be fed a hay-based pellet that is high in fiber to keep their little bellies in working order. 

Like humans, guinea pigs cannot manufacture their own vitamin C, so make sure that their pelleted food has added vitamin C. If not, commercially purchased supplements can be fed or added to their water. You can also offer vegetables high in vitamin C such as bell peppers, tomatoes and asparagus. Fruits are a source of vitamin C as well, but should be fed sparingly as it’s very easy for a guinea pig to become overweight! Small amounts of oranges or kiwi may be given once or twice a week for a treat that packs a dose of vitamin C. 

The Caddi Guinea Pig Treat Holder is a fun way to offer up your cavy’s favorite foods. Stuff it with hay, leafy greens, or other guinea pig-safe delicacies for hours of fun. When you’re as cute as a guinea pig, it’s okay to play with your food! 

In addition to their diet, you should make sure your guinea pig always has access to fresh, clean water. Avoid any bowls low enough for them to step in, tip over, or kick bedding into. Run-mounted crocks or drinkers are good options for offering water to your cavy. You can also use an elevated cat bowl to offer water inside of your guinea pig’s hutch, as long as it’s high enough to keep them from taking a dip, and low enough for their mouths to reach! 

Exercise is important for a guinea pig so that they maintain a healthy weight. Extra ounces on a guinea pig can lead to metabolic or digestive issues, and put unnecessary strain on their little legs which can cause joint pain. Zippi Guinea Pig Platforms are a great way to encourage your guinea pig to put in some extra steps! Try serving their food on the platform to encourage them to climb up and down the ramp. You can also build obstacle courses out of cardboard boxes to encourage physical activity – just be sure there’s a reward at the end! 

Basic grooming and health checks will ensure your guinea pig is feeling its best. If you find anything amiss during a routine once-over, be sure to notify your veterinarian. For a list of these basic activities, visit: 5 Guinea Pig Care Tips. 

Build a bond that lasts a lifetime 

To ensure you and your newly-rescued guinea pig get off on the right foot, remember to: 

  • Choose a high-quality hutch designed for guinea pigs 
  • Offer stimulating and enriching enclosures and playtime 
  • Feed an appropriate diet 
  • Find a veterinarian that treats guinea pigs in case of illness or emergencies

When all of a guinea pig’s basic needs are met, you’ll find that they make wonderful companions! They have many adorable attributes such as popcorning, scampering, playing, and chattering (see: How to Understand the Language of Guinea Pigs). 

By nature, guinea pigs will bond with another of their kind, which is why it’s best to keep them in pairs. Having a pal that speaks your language is great, but cavies also desire and build relationships with their human-caretakers! Talk to your guinea pig often, offer food by hand (careful not to accidentally put your finger in harm’s way), and visit with your guinea pig frequently. Above all, be patient. Bonding with any animal doesn’t happen overnight, but before long your guinea pig will accept you as their friend. Once a bond has been established, it is not easily broken, so take your time. Your piggy will be greeting you with a series of “wheeks”, “chuts”, and “coos” in no time – especially if there’s food involved! 

Confidence and support 

Adopting a guinea pig is a big decision, but with adequate resources and preparation, it can be one of the most rewarding decisions you’ll make as a pet owner! 

We’ve created our products to help your guinea pig adjust to life in their forever home. Because our hutches are meant to be a “forever” solution – no rotting, breaking down, or showing the wear and tear of wooden hutches – you can have the confidence that your adopted cavy is living safely and happily ever after in their new home. 

We hope that you take the leap and open your home and heart to a guinea pig in need of rescuing. If you have any questions about how to adopt a guinea pig, or basic guinea pig care, let us know! 

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How Guinea Pigs Prepare for Winter

With just a few weeks until we fall into the most magical season of all, now marks the perfect opportunity to get your guinea pigs winter-ready. Finding the ultimate cosy coat is one way we can prepare for the season ahead, but for our furry friends, the preparation is, of course, slightly different. And whilst your cavy already has a soft, fluffy coat of their own, this doesn’t mean they can brave the colder temperatures without our help.

Fortunately, getting your pet winter-ready doesn’t have to mean a complete transformation of their autumnal hideaway to a brand new winter wonderland. Instead, with these simple steps, your guineas will be popcorning with joy into the new season and ready to brace the change.

Do guinea pigs like winter?

If you could translate your guinea pigs’ purrs, whistles, and coos, they’d tell you that their favourite temperature is somewhere around 15-24 degrees Celsius. And whilst in their natural habitat of the South American Andes, guinea pigs would cuddle up to each other to stay warm, nowadays, they have become accustomed to their new environments. Therefore, as an owner, it’s important that you, too, take the right steps to make sure your cavy isn’t cold.

Can guinea pigs live outside in winter?

Omlet’s Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch has been designed as an all year home, depending slightly on where you live and how cold it gets. However, for hutches unlike the Eglu which has twin wall insulation, it’s advisable to move your piggies into a shed or garage in the upcoming months. However, before you do so, you should know that these pets aren’t amazing at adapting too well to recurring and drastic changes in temperature. Therefore, being brought in, then out, then in…and out (!) is harmful. You should either bring them in for the entire winter or for a few weeks when it is very cold. Take a read of our Where To Put My Guinea Pig Hutch guide, so that you pick the perfect spot for your cavies’ winter retreat.

Preparing for winter

Your guinea pigs are ready to grow their thicker winter coat and you’ve nearly turned the heating on…so what now?

Invest in warm bedding

If you haven’t already, it’s about time to put on that cosy bedding that’s been stored away since March…(that applies to your guinea pigs too!). Warm bedding is a winter must-have for us and our guinea pigs, so be sure to stock up on loads of extra to line their home. It’s especially important that this stays clean and dry.

Another brilliant option is the Snugglesafe Microwave Heatpad, which can be used in your pet’s Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch. All you have to do is microwave the pad for a few minutes and it will provide up to 10 hours of warmth!

Guinea pig in Omlet Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch eating hay

Get a bottle cover

As the weather gets colder, keep an eye on your guinea pigs’ water bottles. Freezing temperatures can lead to the metal spout and the actual water becoming frozen, inevitably meaning your cavies won’t have access to one of their basic needs. Not only will a water bottle cover mean their water bottle won’t freeze in winter, but also doubles up in summer to keep their drink nice and cool!

Avoid the grass

Your guinea pigs may have had a summer of fun exploring all the luscious green grass of the garden, but winter is unfortunately not the time for outdoor exploring. Putting your guinea pig down on grass when it’s especially cold or damp isn’t wise. For one, it’s uncomfortable for your guinea pig. It can also, however, lead to illness. Since these furballs have sensitive skin, getting it wet on a regular basis can be detrimental, in combination with being cold and not being able to dry off quickly. This doesn’t mean winter can’t be entertaining for your guinea pigs though! Check out our range of guinea pig toys for some indoor play inspo.

Keep on top of their diet

Guinea pigs should be fed a balanced diet all year round, including the essential nutrient vitamin C. We even wrote all about why vitamin C should be a staple in your guinea’s diet! Vitamin C aside, stocking up on plenty of calories is super important during the colder months as cavies burn more calories in order to stay warm. You should continue to feed them both fresh and dry food every day, as well as an unlimited supply of hay, but a few extra calories this season won’t hurt anyone!

Use hutch covers

Covering your cavies’ hutch is another way to keep them warm during winter, so it’s a good idea to invest in an extreme temperature jacket. This can be wrapped over the hutch and provides further protection to your Eglu Go. If you don’t have an Eglu, you can hang a roll of carpet over the hutch, or use a blanket, which you can nail down to keep in place. Please note however, that guinea pigs must have ventilation in their hutch at all times.

Guinea pigs keeping warm in their Omlet Eglu Go Hutch with Run, covered by weather protection

How to tell if a guinea pig is too cold

Before the big chill sets in, taking these measures to keep your cavies cosy will mean an enjoyable winter all round. But, it’s still good to know how to tell if your guinea pig is feeling a little frosty.

Whilst we don’t speak the same language as our pets, they’re fantastic at communicating their emotions, likes, and dislikes. Guinea pigs are no different and will use body language to tell you they could do with some warming up! Just like us, guinea pigs will shiver when they’re cold, as well as curling into a ball, known as huddling. Alternatively, your piggies might craft a makeshift blanket with their bedding in an attempt to warm their body temperature. You should also feel their ears, and if they’re cold, then you guessed it, the rest of their body is cold too.

Now that you’re ready for winter with your guinea pigs, you can sit back, enjoy a cup of tea under a fluffy blanket, assured that your furry friends will be happy, safe and warm this season.

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How the Zippi Locks Make Your Life Easier

Woman watching rabbit in Zippi Rabbit Run, secured with Easy Access Lock for Zippi Runs

If you have a Zippi Run or Playpen, the new Easy Access Lock for Zippi Runs  can make your life much easier, but how do they work?

If you’ve ever needed to get inside your Zippi run to refresh food and water, or pick up your pet, you will likely have noticed the smaller openings make it difficult to reach inside, and removing a whole panel is rarely worth the hassle. The Easy Access Lock for Zippi Runs have been designed to solve this problem.

How do the Easy Access Lock for Zippi Runs work?

Available in varying pack sizes to suit your needs, the locks allow you to replace clips between mesh panels on three straight edges of any panel you wish to open up.

The Easy Access Lock for Zippi Runs encases the edge of two mesh panels and secures them together in the same way as a run clip, however, once unlocked both mesh panels are still held in position until all locks are opened to lift open the panel you wish to use as an entry point, without it collapsing into your run and endangering your pets.

Can I use multiple Easy Access Locks for Zippi at once?

You can even use multiple Easy Access Lock for Zippi Runs to convert adjoining panels of larger runs so you can open up a larger door or run roof. Simply follow these handy diagrams to see how many locks  you need to create your desired run opening.

How will the Easy Access Lock for Zippi Runs help me and my pets?

With this improved accessibility to your run it is much easier to reach or climb in to feed your pets, tidy and clean the run floor and accessories, pick up your pet to take out of the run, or play with them inside. Making it easier for adults and children to access the run and play with their rabbits and guinea pigs inside ensures pets get as much playtime as possible to be happy, healthy and closely connected to you. To find out more about how the Zippi Runs and Playpens could help your rabbits to have more space and plenty more playtime and exercise, take a read of this blog.

The locks are durable, predator resistant and super simple to operate – even little hands can do it! The integrated safety button requires you to push and turn simultaneously in order to open the lock, making it harder for unwanted visitors to gain access.

Easy Access Lock for Zippi Runs allow different access options

Watch the Easy Access Lock for Zippi Runs in action in this YouTube video…


The new Easy Access Lock for Zippi Runs are now available online, from $3.00 each.

For more rabbit and guinea pig products, shop the Omlet website to ensure that your furry friend has everything they ever need!

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Can Rabbits and Guinea Pigs Live Together?

Rabbits and guinea pigs: both small, furry, and adorable. These species share many similarities, and people often wonder, can rabbits and guinea pigs live together? Aside from the traits they share, their dietary needs are actually different, as is the language they speak. Find out how these two species differ, and whether or not you can keep rabbits and guinea pigs together.

Woman and child playing with a rabbit in the Zippi playpen

Keeping rabbits and guinea pigs together

The short answer to whether or not you can keep rabbits and guinea pigs together is: yes, but with several factors and modifications to keep in mind, and it should only be attempted by owners with experience with both pets. These two animals have different dietary needs, don’t understand each other, and have different space requirements. The main thing to consider is that each species should have their own space — especially for sleeping and eating. Rabbits and guinea pigs can, in some cases, share a communal run or playpen during the day, as long as they have plenty of their own space to retreat to.

Dietary needs of rabbits and guinea pigs 

While their feed pellets may look the same, the contents are actually quite different. Guinea pigs can’t make their own Vitamin C, which means they must eat in their diet. Rabbits on the other hand, are able to produce their own Vitamin C, and can become ill if they ingest excess amounts. Their food bowls with pellets should be kept separated to avoid deficiencies for your guinea pigs and overdoses for your rabbits.

Both rabbits and guinea pigs can eat the same fresh fruits and vegetables, so their treats and supplemental offerings can be the same. A communal Caddi Rabbit and Guinea Pig Treat Holder can be filled and hung in a place for both rabbits and guinea pigs to enjoy. Both species also thrive on free-choice timothy hay, which can also be kept in a common area. 

Language barriers between rabbits and guinea pigs 

Rabbits communicate primarily through body language, while guinea pigs are very vocal. Because of these very different types of communication, rabbits and guinea pigs won’t always understand each other. For example, rabbits thump their back legs as a warning, but guinea pigs will not understand this method of conveying displeasure. Similarly, the many sounds that guinea pigs make can startle rabbits and create stress in their otherwise quiet environment. 

Rabbits and guinea pigs can learn the basics of each others respective languages, but it comes with time and patience. It’s best to give each species plenty of their own space to escape the presence of the other when needed. 

Space requirements for rabbits and guinea pigs 

Part of your rabbit and guinea pig checklist should include plenty of space. Rabbits and guinea pigs should have a dedicated hutch for each species, and plenty of outdoor space. One of the easiest and enjoyable ways to add space for your rabbits and guinea pigs is to use Zippi products. 

Zippi Runs and Playpens provide plenty of space for both rabbits and guinea pigs. Rabbits need more space than guinea pigs due to their size and energy levels, but it’s important for guinea pigs to have enough room to exercise, as they are prone to becoming overweight. 

The Zippi Tunnel System connects the runs and playpens together, or to your rabbits’ and guinea pigs’ hutch. The closing doors can restrict movement between pens, making it easier to keep their food separated at mealtimes. Rabbits naturally tunnel in the wild, and guinea pigs naturally utilize the burrows of other animals — which makes the Zippi Tunnels an excellent choice for both species to enjoy. 

Zippi Platforms adds vertical space to your rabbits’ and guinea pigs’ runs. Both animals enjoy gaining a new vantage point and lounging in the shade offered beneath, but rabbits especially crave a higher view of the world around them. This also gives more opportunities for your rabbits and guinea pigs to take a break from each other’s company. 

The personalities of your pets 

One of the most important factors to consider when keeping rabbits and guinea pigs together is their individual personalities. Some rabbits are naturally passive, while others may bully guinea pigs. Bold guinea pigs may provoke rabbits, while the more timid ones may hide perpetually. 

Males of both species should always be neutered to help prevent displays of aggression. If possible, females should also be spayed for the same reason — though males may be more prone to aggression than females. And, remember that each species needs at least one companion of their own kind, so be prepared to keep a pair of rabbits and guinea pigs. This will ensure each species has a friend to converse with in their natural way, and will keep them from becoming lonely. 

Omlet and your rabbits and guinea pigs 

Rabbits and guinea pigs are different animals, but can coexist when they have considerate owners. By making adjustments to their Eglu hutches. Dedicated rabbit and guinea pig Zippi Runs and Playpens will give your pets the space they need, and an opportunity to fulfil their nutritional requirements without interfering with the other. And, with the addition of a Zippi Tunnel System and

Zippi Platforms, your rabbits and guinea pigs can spread out or come together as often as they see fit. With our products, you can sit back and enjoy watching how animals can adapt to live peaceably with another species, while maintaining your own peace of mind. 

Guinea pigs playing in the Zippi playpen with the zippi tunnel system


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Why Is Vitamin C So Important for Guinea Pigs?

Guinea Pig eating Chard in Omlet Purple Zippi Shelter on Zippi Guinea Pig Platforms in Omlet Zippi Guinea Pig Playpen

What is vitamin C, and why is it so important?

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient used to repair tissue, form collagen and keep the immune system working as it should. Something that us humans and guinea pigs have in common, which is pretty unique in the animal world, is our inability to synthesize and store vitamin C. This means that guinea pigs, just like humans, must get vitamin C from food in order to stay happy and healthy.

Luckily lots of common guinea pig food is high in vitamin C, but it’s important that you as an owner make sure that you keep track of your guinea pig’s diet so that they definitely get enough.

Is vitamin C good for guinea pigs?

Not only is it good, but it’s also essential for pet guinea pigs. If your pet doesn’t get enough vitamin c, they can get really ill and develop the extremely serious condition scurvy.

Signs that your pet is not getting enough vitamin c in their food includes:

  • Painful joints, resulting in a change in movement or an unwillingness to move
  • General lethargy and loss of appetite
  • Dental and fur issues
  • Hemorrhaging, which shows up as bruises on the body

If you think your guinea pig is ill, be it from lack of vitamin c or any other issue, it’s important to speak to your vet as soon as you notice any changes. Read our blog about guinea pig body language to learn more about what your pets’ behavior could be telling you.

How much vitamin C should I give my guinea pig?

It’s generally advised to give your guinea pig between 10 and 30mg every day, however, how much vitamin C guinea pigs need varies somewhat depending on age, weight and other circumstances. Young guinea pigs who are still growing need more than the average adult cavy, and pregnant or nursing guinea pigs, or those with an underlying health condition, should get about 30 mg or in some cases more.

Most guinea pigs will get what they need from a healthy and balanced diet, but it’s good for you as an owner to know which foods to definitely include to reach the right levels.

guinea pig peeking out of an omlet guinea pig shelter on top of a omlet zippi guinea pig platform

What is the best source of vitamin C for guinea pigs?

Guinea pig pellets from good quality pet shops are normally enriched with vitamin c, so a large part of your pets’ vitamin c will come from that.

Apart from the pellets, you should give your pets about a handful or two of fresh greens every day. Fresh vegetables, and leafy greens in particular, are a great source of vitamin C, and by providing them with a varied diet you can be sure that they are getting enough nutrients and vitamins.

Humans often opt for citrus when we want to boost our own vitamin C intake, but that’s not a good alternative for guinea pigs, and fruit in general is often too sweet to give on a daily basis. In fact, lots of vegetables have just as high, or even higher vitamin C content than for example oranges, including:

  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach, kale and parsley
  • Broccoli and asparagus

While a good quality feed, some fresh greens and a constant supply of hay should keep your guinea pigs happy and healthy, there are other ways to boost their vitamin intake. This is particularly helpful if you’ve got a pet who is ill and struggling to eat, or if you for one reason or another don’t have access to fresh vegetables. Some of these include:

  • A supplement vitamin C tablet
  • Liquid vitamin C
  • Vitamin C enriched treats

Make sure what you’re giving your pet is specifically designed for guinea pigs, and always read the label to make sure you’re giving the right dose. You might even want to ask your vet before you start giving supplements regularly.

Avoid water-based vitamin C drops. Once in the drinking water, the concentration is very low, so your pet will have to drink a lot to get any benefits. What’s more is that it can make the water taste different, which can instead turn your pet off their water, which is even more of a worry.

What happens if a guinea pig gets too much vitamin C?

If your pet occasionally consumes more vitamin C than the recommended daily dose, that’s nothing to worry about, as any excess vitamin C the body doesn’t need will come out with the urine. In general, it’s difficult for a guinea pig to overdose on vitamins, but if they regularly get more than 30mg it can result in serious health issues, for example a condition called pseudo-scurvy, a reduced sensitivity to the vitamin.

Too much vitamin over a long period can cause bladder and kidney stones and can hinder healthy development for growing guinea pigs.

If you’re feeding your guinea pig a balanced diet with good quality guinea pig pellets you generally don’t have to worry about this, it’s more of a problem if you’re providing additional vitamin C in the form of supplements.

Other important vitamin C information

It’s good to know that even if you’re doing what you can to provide your guinea pig with everything they need, they can still get a vitamin c deficiency. Often this has got to do with out of date or badly stored food. Vitamin C has a sell-by date, and the nutritional content decreases as the food gets older.

This applies to fresh fruit and veg, as well as store bought pellets and vitamin C supplements, so make sure you always keep your guinea pigs food fresh and stored in the right way. Get rid of anything that is out of date, and never give your pets moldy or otherwise gone over greens.

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Ideal Christmas Presents for Little Ones (Humans and Pets)

Whether you’re buying a present for an animal loving child or for your own little pet, we’ve got the perfect gifts, big and small. Check out these top tips, now at an amazing price in the Omlet Black Friday Sale! 

Shelters and Play Tunnels

Give your rabbits or guinea pigs something fun to play with on their run this winter with Zippi Shelters and Play Tunnels. Available in green or purple, the shelters are a great way of providing a safe and secluded place for your pets to hide, or as a platform they can jump onto and watch the world go by. 

The play tunnels can be placed independently anywhere on the run for your pets to chase each other through, or be connected to the shelters to create a maze that mimics their wild burrows. Entertainment and safe spot all in one! 


The Caddi Treat Holder is the perfect stocking stuffer for chickens, rabbits or guinea pigs, or their owners. The Caddi can be filled with a range of pet appropriate treats, and will swing as the animals peck or bite the treats. It’s the ideal both mental and physical challenge, with the added bonus of a tasty reward! 

Hung from the roof of your hutch and run, the height of the Caddi can easily be adjusted, and it’s super easy to remove it for refilling and cleaning.

Qute Hamster and Gerbil Cage

The Qute allows hamster and gerbil owners to get closer to their pets. The modern design means you will be happy to display the piece in your kitchen or living room, and the large, crystal clear bedding tray makes it easy for pet owners of all ages to see what their pets are up to. The bedding tray also offers a convenient way of getting your hamster or gerbils out of the cage for playing, socializing and exercise. 

Geo Bird Cage

Upgrade your parakeet/budgie or other small birds’ home this winter with the stunning Geo Bird Cage. The Geo has got everything your bird needs to become a natural part of the home, and you can accessorize with baths, mirrors and toys for your pets to enjoy.

Eglu Go Hutch 

Do your current pets need a home improvement? The Eglu Go Hutch is the perfect way of keeping rabbits or guinea pigs in the garden. The handy integrated hutch and run solution allows your pets to run in and out as and when they like during the day, and when it’s time for a nap they can curl up in the safe and insulated house. In winter you can move the hutch closer to the house, making cleaning and spending time with your pets even easier.

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