inhave a guest who sent a reservation request asking if I would take her with a guinea pig. The guest just joined Air BNB and has no reviews.
I have a no pets policy but dogs was what I had in mind when I set that rule. This reservation is for 22 days.
I’ve never had a guinea pig and need some guidance on whether or not to accept the reservation.
Any advise would be appreciated.
I've never had one, but they are very popular here. We call them "sea pigs". Cute small animal, twice bigger then a hamster. Lives in a cage-like a birdcage, but bigger. They are clean animals and it's hard to classify them as "animals" for "airbnb purposes".
They are lovely, sometimes a bit whiffy and can be vocal.
This is one of our three.
They cluck away to themselves and each other, purr when they're pleased about something and "wheek" loudly if there is intetesting food or the possibility of it.
Hi, maybe a few things to consider or clear with your guest before arrival- the cage needs cleaning- where do the discarded “stuff” go? And will this animal be alone for longer periods of time? And do you yourselves have animals..... good luck !
They are cute & adorable but I would caution if their cages aren't cleaned out weekly they can get very smelly & they need bedding which can be messy etc so there is lots to consider.
@Mike-And-Helen0 Your guinea pigs are soooooo cute! @Leiloni0 they're also old souls and good listeners. :) @Andrea-and-Francis0 are right that their cages must be cleaned out weekly. Bedding is usually biodegradable. They use one corner of their cages as their "bathroom" so that corner needs particular attention...
Love all the pictures, so cute!
Anyway, I had a guinea pig growing up and they are very low maintenance and quiet pets. They naturally groom themselves and are very tidy. As long as the owner keeps their cage clean, there shouldn't be any smell. As someone else mentioned, just be clear about where the owner can clean the cage or dispose of the contents (Hay, sawdust, waste, etc.) Also be clear upfront if you want to impose rules about the guinea pig being out of the cage or on the furniture/floors.
Hope everything goes well. =)
Shout out to @Mike-And-Helen0 for starting my Monday morning with some fluff balls!
Never heard of someone needing to bring their guinea pig on holidays but I suppose it's always the hosts prerogative on which, if any, pets they let thought the door!