Do Guinea Pigs travel well?

United States
January 13, 2007 5:09pm CST
Ok, so I just found out that I will be moving in a couple of months. I may drive across country. If I do drive rather than other modes of transportation I am thinking about taking my guinea pigs. Do they travel well or should I put them up for adoption?
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• United States
14 Jan 07
If you are traveling by car, they should be fine. As long as they have plenty of water and treats they will be happy. We are going to be moving this summer, so our little piggies will be traveling too. But we are only moving 6 hours away, not across the country.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
14 Jan 07
They do travel quite well actually. If you want, I can have someone write to you with suggestions (or try to get them on here to post). They traveled from California to Michigan, then back, then moved to Michigan again. Make sure the hotels you stay at allow guinea pigs, or they are rather easily snuck in anyhow. Unlike rabbits, guinea pigs are generally not afraid of car rides. And they will eat in the car. But don't expect them to drink in the car, the best way I've found to keep them hydrated is by giving veggies and even fruits (such as watermelon). Give plenty of hay so they can eat along the way. Pellets might spill and get messy, but try to keep the diet as close to normal as possible. As long as they're healthy pigs, they should do just fine. I think www.cavyspirit.com may have some additional information about moving. You can also try www.guinealynx.info and if they don't have a page about it, they do have a forum.
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@misskatonic (3727)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Well, I've never driven cross country with guinea pigs, but I did travel cross country with three ferrets, two hamsters, two cats, a dog, a parakeet, a cockatiel and a hedgehog. Drove from Boston to Phoenix, roughly, and they all made the trip well. Hydration was the biggest thing, so I stopped every few hours to check everybody's water and feed the critters fresh cucumber and apple. One of my ferrets did come close to dehydration, but he was overweight and still had his winter coat. He recovered very quickly.
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