Guinea pig costs depend primarily on how many guinea pigs you own. Two guinea pigs will require a hutch, a run, food, a water bottle, a food bowl, clean bedding and grooming equipment. Once you’ve purchased these initial items, you can expect to spend around three or four pounds on fresh bedding per week, and three or four pounds on food. This doesn’t rise much if you decide to add another guinea pig, but upon the fourth you may need to get an expanded hutch and run.
The guinea pigs themselves are inexpensive to purchase, whether you buy them from a shelter or a shop. They usually cost about the same (approximately £20) whichever source you choose, but bear in mind that there are lots of guinea pigs without a home in shelters.
Guinea pigs are relatively inexpensive pets
Fees vary by shelter, but in general you can expect to pay a £20 adoption fee - this helps the shelter get back a little bit of the money that they’ve spent caring for the animals while they’ve been there. Often when you rehome a pet from a sanctuary you’ll have someone to whom you can ask any questions about your new pets, and they may come to your home to make sure you’ve got enough space and the right kind of environment for a guinea pig. Don’t be offended if they insist on a home visit - this is normal and actually very good practice on behalf of the sanctuary.
How Much Do Guinea Pigs Cost To Buy?
You can expect to pay roughly the same as you would when you adopt a guinea pig - about £20. If you are going to buy guinea pigs from a shop or a breeder, please first consider rehoming guinea pigs in need from a shelter. If you’re sure you want to buy some rather than adopt, then many owners benefit from thoroughly checking the credentials and reviews of the shop or breeder to make sure that the pets they buy will be in good health, and haven’t been born in a guinea pig farm from a sow whose health has been damaged by being forced to bear too many litters too quickly.