My daily routine with my guinea pigs.
Establishing a daily routine for taking care of your pets is one of the easiest ways to stay on top of their care. Daily interaction with your pets will help you notice any changes in their health or behavior, as well as give them regular interaction with you.
Today, I’m sharing my own daily routine with my guinea pigs to help you get an idea of how you can establish your own with your pets!
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I work full time, which means I leave the house around 6:15 every morning and don’t get home until around 5:30 pm. This means my pet care is split into a morning routine and an evening routine. First, let’s go over what I do every morning.
First, I turn on the pet room lights and check where the bunnies are. Sometimes they are in the dining room and sometimes they are waiting for their food.
Next, I give pellets to everyone. I start out with the bunnies because they’re the most impatient, and then I feed all the guinea pigs. The girls (Belle, Kali, and Lily) get their pellets first, then the little babes cage since both of those cages get the same pellets. Georgie gets his pellets last because he’s picky and gets a different brand of pellets.
I then check on everyone and make sure everyone came out to eat breakfast and is looking normal and healthy. This is important because you don’t want to miss any signs of illness in your pets because you didn’t check on them!
I also check everyone’s water bottles and refill them as needed. The last thing I do is refill all the hay bags and everyone is set for the day!
I’ll also mention that if anyone needs any medications or supplements, I do that very last thing in the morning.
That is pretty much my entire morning routine with the pets! Mornings can be a little bit rushed and hectic, so I keep my morning routine down to the bare minimum of things that need to be done.
Even though I’m gone at work all day, pig dad does come home for lunch every day. He checks on the pets when he’s home and also gives them a midday snack.
I get home from work around 5:30 on most days, but pig dad gets home right around 5 because he works much closer to home than I do. When he gets home he gives the pets their dinner, which means veggies!
Both the bunnies and the guinea pigs get their veggies at dinner time. The guinea pigs get green or red leaf lettuce, green pepper, and a cherry tomato each. The bunnies usually get a little bit of lettuce, kale, cilantro, and bok choy.
When I get home from work, most of the animals are already done eating. Once I’m done getting changed and settled in for the evening, I do my own rounds with the pets.
Every night I spot clean all the guinea pig cages and change out small pads as needed since they are on fleece bedding. If you use fleece bedding, be sure to research how to use it properly! Spot cleaning is a must to avoid respiratory infections and other health issues.
I also refill hay bags as needed and check on water bottles as well. Every other day the bunnies’ litter box also gets cleaned out.
Throughout the evening I spend time with the pets in different ways, whether I have other tasks that need to be done or if I’m just spending time with everyone. It just depends on the night what else I do with the pets.
I usually go to bed around 9:30 or 10 o’clock every night and I put the pets to bed at the same time I go to bed. Usually, all I need to do at bedtime is give any medications or supplements that anyone is currently on, check water bottles, and refill hay bags as needed. I also do a final check of everyone just to be sure everyone looks good and settled for the evening.
I really think having a daily routine with your pets is not only helpful to ensure you don’t forget any pet chores but also to help you stay on top of your pets’ health. Spending time with your pets every day and checking on how they are looking and acting can be one of the simplest things you can do to notice a problem early. What does your daily routine with your pets look like?