How To Use A Guinea Pig Water Bottle
This VideoJug clip presents an animal caretaker's description of how to care for outdoor guinea pigs and specifically demonstrates proper water bottle care to ensure healthy water supply daily throughout the year.
Hi, my name's Marie. I'm the deputy manager of the Small Animal Department at Wood Green Animal Shelters in Cambridge here. I'm going to advise you how to care for guinea pigs.
I'm going to tell you how to use a guinea pig water bottle. Firstly, always make sure you have at least two water bottles at home because you never know if you might damage one. So it's a good idea to have one ready to replace it if that is the case.
When you use your water bottle, make sure you are refreshing it every day. The water will need to be poured out, any remaining in there, and refresh it with fresh clean water. When placing it onto the accommodation, you don't want the guinea pigs to overstrain at or bend down to reach it.
So you want to have it at around head level so it's really nice and comfortable for them to drink from. Water bottles do have a habit of leaking after a while, so do check them daily to make sure that this isn't the case. If it is, you may need to replace them.
You will need to clean your water bottles once a week. Make sure you purchase yourself a good water bottle cleaner, and this should be filled the water in the bottle and just pop that in there and really clean it round. During the summer months, guinea pig water bottles can often become quite green in algae so make sure you clean this off.
A good bottle brush will also have a smaller one inside, and what you want to do is use that one to clean the bottle top as well. Just pop this in some warm water and make sure you clean that all out and clean that and make sure that no hair and bacteria is building up inside the cap as well. So you've got a clean water bottle, you also need to consider winter care as well.
It's a good idea to purchase a bottle snuggle safe. What you can do is place the water bottle in here and that will keep the bottle completely warm during the winter months and protect it from freezing. If a water bottle does freeze, there is a high chance that it is going to crack.
And also, your guinea pigs need constant access to water and so that will make, ensure that the water is fine for them to drink during the winter months. So that's how to look after water bottles for guinea pigs. .