How to Safely Transport Your Guinea Pigs in the Car

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Buy a carrier.,
Line the carrier with newspaper.,
Put a handful of timothy hay in the carrier.,
Put fruits and vegetables in your pet carrier.,
Put a water bottle in the carrier if you are taking a long trip.,
Prepare the temperature of the car.,
Place the guinea pig in the carrier.,
Put the guinea pig cage in a secure location in the car.,
Drive your car responsibly.,
Check on the guinea pig regularly.,
Look for signs of distress.

It should be made of cloth or plastic and not of metal or thick mesh. This carrier doesn’t need to be made specifically for guinea pigs. Any small animal carrier that is big enough should work. Choose a carrier that is big enough for your pet to turn around, lie down, stand up, and a little extra room to move around in it.

While the carrier shouldn’t be made of metal or thick mesh, it can have a wire mesh door.;
, Use a thickness of 20 sheets or more. Newspaper will not make a mess like bedding. You can cover it with fleece to make it more cozy.

You can also add shredded paper towels to the bottom of the cage, as the guinea pig may use them to create a safe place to hide.Just as with your guinea pig’s cage at home, your guinea pig’s travel cage should not have a wire mesh bottom. This is hard on the pig’s feet., Hay is an essential food for guinea pigs. They like to sleep in the hay and munch on it for comfort, and they should never be without it.

Guinea pigs should have an unlimited supply of timothy hay at all times. This includes when they are traveling., Soak the fruits and vegetables in water and then place them in a food bowl. This is important moisture for the guinea pig, as your pet will not have water on it’s trip.

Do not put a ceramic food dish in the carrier, as it might slide and harm your guinea pig.

, If you are going for a very long car trip, for instance more than a couple hours, your guinea pig will need access to water. In cases such as this, you will need to attach a water bottle to your guinea pig’s carrier and clean up any spilled water on a regular basis.

For instance, clean up any water covered bedding every time you stop the car for a break.

, Make sure that the car is at an appropriate temperature before you bring you guinea pig in the car. In the winter, this may mean heating the car up for awhile. In the summer, this probably means cooling the car down before you put the guinea pig in it.

Guinea pigs like to be at a temperature between 65 and 75 degrees. Try to get your car’s temperature in this range before putting the guinea pig in it., If your guinea pig is docile, you can simply pick it up and place it in the carrier. Usually, you put one hand under the guinea pig’s belly and one under the guinea pig’s hind legs.

If the guinea pig is skittish, you may need to have a stronger grip on the guinea pig. Corner it in its cage and get ahold of it as you would with a more docile guinea pig, but hold on a little tighter. Make sure the carrier is very close by, so you can quickly move the guinea pig straight into the carrier.
Once the guinea pig is inside of the carrier, close it properly. Make sure the carrier is secure and your guinea pig is as comfortable as possible.
You can put two guinea pigs in the same carrier. If you are travelling with more than one guinea pig, it is perfectly fine to put them both together in one carrier. However, you must keep checking on them both to see if they are getting along.

, Good locations include on a persons lap, in a foot well (it may be warmer here than the rest of the car), or on a seat with the seat belt fastened. Bad locations include places where the carrier will slide around and jolt when you stop, near the heating and air-conditioning (because it could be too hot or too cold), or in the trunk.

Also make sure that your guinea pig’s cage will not be in the sun while you drive. This can quickly lead to the guinea pig getting overheated.
You should also avoid putting your guinea pig’s cage next to your stereo speakers, if you are planning on playing your stereo. Guinea pigs are sensitive to sound, so they should not be exposed to loud sounds from your car stereo., Begin to drive slowly and then pick up speed as if not to startle the guinea pig. Take turns slowly and try to make all driving adjustments, such as braking, gradually.

The goal should be to give the guinea pig a calm ride in the car. Abrupt movements and aggressive driving will move your guinea pig around in its cage involuntarily. This will most likely agitate the pig.

, If you are taking a long drive, for instance if you are moving cross country, you need to check in on your pet regularly. Make sure it is doing ok and that its food and water are still secure.

For example, take a five minute break about halfway through your journey if you are travelling for over thirty minutes. Take this time to check their food and hay supply, as they need an unlimited supply of these.
If you are on a long drive and your guinea pig’s food or water spills all over its cage, clean it up. You don’t want your pet sitting in a dirty cage for hours while you drive.

, Guinea pigs may naturally hide and be fearful during a car ride, so this is not necessarily a sign of true distress. However, there are some signs that the guinea pig is in real distress and needs attention. These can include repeated loud squeals, pacing, cowering in fear, and staying crouched over.If you have had your guinea pig for awhile, you should know if it is acting normally. However, remember that a guinea pig being transported is likely to exhibit some unusual behavior.
Talk to the guinea pig during the ride. It may be comforting to the pig to know that you’re there with it.
Never leave your guinea pig in the car alone! It can get overheated very quickly in a closed up car.

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