Originally Posted by white cat lover
Since you like questions....if Jake is not quite "housetrained"....will the new boy pick up on that? I mean, is the new boy housetrained? If he is, will he go back to not being housetrained because Jake isn't?
Can Guinea Pigs get UTIs?
(Sorry, I'm full of stupid questions!
There's no such thing as a stupid question!
Eh...it doesn't really matter if they are house trained. Jake never goes outside of his cage, but will pretty well go anywhere in there. It doesn't make much difference though. The fleece stays dry even if he piddles on it, so he's feet are never wet. It all immediately gets wicked away to the towels underneath. It doesn't smell (although I'm sure it would if you didn't change out the fleece often enough) and Jake seems to love having the soft fleece to sleep on.
The new boy has been on pine shavings his whole life, so he will probably do his business anywhere and everywhere as well.
I'll just keep vacuuming out the poos and will probably start changing the fleece twice a week instead of once. I have two sets, so I just pull one out, put the other in and wash the first. Works out really well that way.
I'm going to keep trying to encourage them to use the hay box (which reminds me I'll need a bigger one) but if they won't thats ok too. I have to change the fleece out just as often either way.
I hope all that made some sense.
Guinea Pigs can get UTI's. They are treated with antibiotics just like ours.
The most common health risks for guinea pigs are URI's and mites. While mites are easily treated URI's can be deadly if not treated aggressively and promptly.
Keep em coming!