Despite being some of the most adorable creatures on the face of the planet, guinea pigs can have their fair share of problems, including smelling like urine. Being a guinea pig parent can be a rewarding experience, and hearing our guinea pigs call when we walk through the door can melt our hearts.
However, eliminating guinea pig urine smell is often a common concern. There are two reasons why the urine smell is coming from your guinea pig’s cage. In this blog post you will learn how to get rid of the smell of guinea pig pee. Also, I will share my go-to tips on how to keep a guinea pig cage odor-free.
So, how to get rid of guinea pig urine smell?
First, make sure that your piggy is properly groomed as urine can attach to hairs around your pig’s hind end and dry, causing the smell. Secondly, because guinea pigs sometimes like to sleep in their litter pan, spot clean the cage regularly and remove damp cage lining, which can cause the urine smell as well.
Beyond these two simple fixes, there is more to know about keeping your guinea pig and its cage smell free.
How to Keep a Guinea Pig Cage from Smelling?
Guinea pigs are fascinating creatures, and they need quite a lot to keep them happy and healthy… and not smelly!
For most guinea pig owners, preventing their pigs from smelling can be a high priority, so their house doesn’t stink up as well. There are many products and procedures you can use to prevent your guinea pig’s cage from smelling.
And I’m happy to share with you my best tips!
Tip #1: Bathe your Guinea Pig occasionally
Guinea pigs are particularly clean creatures, and they usually stick to regular cleaning regimens. However, some guinea pigs might be causing a bad smell because they are not able to stay clean enough.
Keep in mind - particles and liquids may get caught up in your guinea pig’s fur, causing it to smell badly.
For many piggies, you shouldn’t have to worry about this issue too much. However, sometimes, with the advice of your vet, you may consider using a pet shampoo made specifically for small pets.
The Kaytee Squeaky Clean Critter Shampoo is an affordable choice that’s designed especially for guinea pigs and leaves them smelling fresh. It’s available on Amazon only for 7.49$.
Before you give your guinea pig a bath, make sure to consult a veterinarian and don’t try to stress your piggy out with the new experience.
Tip #2: Buy a Large Cage
Guinea pigs need a lot of room to roam, and having a big cage can also reduce bad smells! With a large cage, guinea pigs are able to exercise and play, which could improve their temperaments and even their health.
In a big cage, guinea pigs will also have the space to go to the bathroom away from the areas in which they drink, eat, and sleep. This means that pigs won’t be standing around in their urination while they’re trying to eat their food, so they won’t pick up the smells.
This is also healthier for your guinea pig!
I put together a guide on affordable guinea pig cages, where I’m sharing my favorite products, so check it out! Who said that you can’t build a cage yourself? If you are a DIY wizard, here is a step-by-step guide on super easy to build C&C cage.
A good cage to consider is the Guinea Habitat Guinea Pig Cage by Midwest. This cage has anything your piggy could ask for. The mesh top is fully removable, and each part is easy to clean.
Tip #3: Clean your Piggy’s Cage
While guinea pigs are usually clean animals, their cages will need some upkeep. Even large cages need to be cleaned at least once every week. Also, you need to spot clean it daily to ensure there are no smells.
It’s important to use cleaners that are safe for your guinea pig. These Small Animal Cage Scrubbing Wipes by Nature’s Miracle are great for removing stubborn areas. Additionally, their enzymatic formula will help reduce smells.
Tip #4: Use Odor Control Bedding
Use a bedding that is meant to control odors in addition to cleaning your pig’s cage weekly. These odor-reducing bedding materials can also reduce how frequently you are cleaning the cage.
Instead of once a week, with bedding like Clean & Cozy Extreme Odor Control from Kaytee, you’ll likely only need to clean the cage every 10-14 days instead of 7.
Tip #5: Consider Fleece Liners
Beyond using a quality bedding, you can lay down an extra layer to help protect against smells. Fleece liners act as a second barrier against messes and will help reduce odors. They are great for absorbing liquid, but they also add an extra layer of comfort for your piggy.
Lastly, fleece liners are easy to clean and are machine washable. Many companies now create fleece liners that are antibacterial and have a waterproof bottom for added protection.
A great fleece liner to consider is this one by GuineaDad, which has a cute pocket sleeve for your guinea pig to burrow into. You can also use these liners for a little more protection during cuddle time!
OR TRY OTHER LINERS!
While fleece liners are great choices, there are other options on the market. Disposable liners like these activated carbon liners from Paw Inspired are good choices for speedy clean up. Their combination of bamboo and charcoal is perfect for reducing odors, and each liner is absorbent yet dries quickly.
Tip #6: Litter Train your Guinea Pig
You can buy any product to help prevent smells, but guinea pigs are highly intelligent and can be trained to go to the bathroom in specific areas! Starting with baby piggies is the best practice, and giving treats or snacks when they go in the appropriate spot is a good idea.
Using a litter pan is a great way to train your pig. In addition, they can be removed and cleaned more frequently, so that would eliminate the chances of urine smells. This Hi-Corner Litter Pan from Kaytee is a great choice. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to litter train a piggy.
Now that we’ve covered some ways to prevent smelly guinea pig cages, let’s look at some other frequently asked questions.
How do you get the smell out of a guinea pig cage?
To get the smell out of a guinea pig cage, the best thing you can do is to clean everything in the cage. If it still smells, then you may need to buy new products. When cleaning the cage and accessories, always use enzymatic cleaners to neutralize the smell!
How do you stop indoor guinea pigs from smelling?
To stop indoor guinea pigs from smelling, give your piggy a bath. However, it’s good to keep in mind that guinea pigs shouldn’t often need baths. So, if you find you’re giving your pig baths more than once a month to reduce smell, it might be time to look into other solutions as guinea pig skin can be very delicate.
In addition to cleaning your pig’s cage, you may also consider using deodorizers such as this one by No Scent. It features a probiotic formula that is specifically designed for small animals. Instead of covering up smells, No Scent’s aim is to neutralize smells, which is great for protecting your pig from harmful toxins.
Can you put baking soda in a guinea pig cage? What about under fleece?
You can absolutely use baking soda in a guinea pig cage! You can sprinkle baking soda into the bottom of your guinea pig’s cage in order to help absorb the stink. You should put this layer of baking soda under fresh bedding.
You can also put some baking soda under the layer of fleece, especially if your fleece liner doesn’t have a waterproof bottom. If your fleece has a waterproof bottom, put the layer of baking soda between the fleece and fresh bedding.
While there are many ways to prevent and stop odors coming from your guinea pig’s cage, it’s important to note that they may be smelly every once in a while. The best practices will use all of our suggestions above, but you can find whatever combination works best for you and your guinea pig!
Today’s question to fellow piggy owners:
How do you keep your guinea pigs, and their cage odor-free?
Let me know in the comments section down below!