Christmas Gifts for Guinea Pig Lovers

Here are 15 gift ideas for guinea pig lovers – great for Christmas, but suitable any time of the year (birthdays, anniversary of getting a specific guinea pig …). 2020 Holiday Gift Guide. These are all affordable and are definitely for the humans. I will write another blog post with gift ideas for your guinea pigs.

I want all of these!

Please note these are all affiliate links, so you will not pay any more, but I will get a small payment to help support this blog.

Amazon

Etsy UK

Not On The High Street

The Book Depository

Zazzle

I will have my own designs listed on Zazzle by 2021, but for now here are three really gorgeous designs (remember that you will be able to choose many different items for each design).

Guinea Pigs – change of focus

I am leaving my older blog posts on here, but please note that the focus of this blog is changing to Guinea Pigs.

I will be adding regular blog posts, new pages and affiliate links.

Join my ‘Life With Guinea Pigs’ community to receive a regular newsletter – with care tips, feeding, health and the latest news from the guinea pig world.

Photo by Alvin Engler on Unsplash

Four Steps to ensure that your pets are cared for in an emergency

  • Firstly, carry a card in your wallet notifying any emergency personnel that you have pets at home, and display a card in your door/window at home to show that there are pets in the home (or garden/yard/fields).

    I have designed a printable that has these (plus a keychain tag) on one A4 sheet. Lots of different options for your non-human family, including the most popular dog breeds, and I will be adding many more in the next few weeks. I can also do a custom order, with perhaps photos of your pets. Click HERE to visit my Etsy Shop.

  • Ensure that at least two separate people you trust have access to your home – sets of keys, knowledge of where keys are hidden, alarm codes …

    Try to choose people who live close to your home, are around when you are at work, know your pets and are happy to care for your pets temporarily.

  • Prepare an emergency kit for your pets (so one per animal).

    These could contain, for example,
    – Any pet insurance details
    – Vet and vaccination records
    – Information about any medication your pet needs, and where these are in the home
    – A carrier for a small pet
    – A slip lead for a dog
    – Information about any behaviour problems/habits, feeding routine etc.

    Ensure your ‘Emergency Guardians’ know where these emergency kits are (which should be in waterproof containers). Also, always have enough food/medication for at least two weeks.

  • Put into writing permanent arrangements for your pets.

    This could detail the permanent caregiver(s) for your pets, permission for pets to be put to sleep if this is the best thing for them (only you can decide on that), and either a trust or other financial arrangement to ensure they are cared for. This could be in your will or another formal written arrangement.

    However, keep in mind that you need to ensure that there are written instructions to ensure your pets are cared for immediately, as a will for instance will take some time to come into effect.

  • Organisations in the UK that will ensure your pet is cared for if you die or are unable to provide long-term care

    Dogs Trust
    Blue Cross
    RSPCA
    Wood Green Animal Charity

  • This is a lot to think about, but once done (and updated regularly) will give you some peace of mind knowing that in the case of an emergency your pets will be cared for appropriately.

    This is just a very basic guide. Every pet family will be different and your circumstances will vary a lot as well.

    Think about the extra arrangements needed for animals kept outside, particularly large animals such as equines/cattle/sheep/alpacas etc. I will be writing a separate blog post with information for owners of such animals. In the meantime, if you need any guidance, please contact me at hello@aliwade.com.

  • One final tip – take lots of photos and videos of your pets. These will be a huge comfort if you are unable to care for your pets anymore.

  • Take at look at my Pets Page, with some affiliate links for shopping and pet care.

  • If you need some advice on Moving House with Pets, take a look at this guide from GoCompare.