You can’t really avoid the smells that come when you own a pet, but you can reduce your chances of bad odours developing by taking care of your animals in the right way.
If you’re thinking about getting a guinea pig but are concerned about pee pongs or you’ve already got one and are struggling with a stubborn whiff, check out our advice on guinea pig urine – from the smell to the frequency, toxicity and how to get rid of any nasty odours.
Guinea pigs pee smell
Yes. Most bodily fluids have an odour which can get worse over time as proteins and bacteria in the fluids break down and release. Usually, guinea pig wee doesn’t have a foul smell but it does contain ammonia which is the distinctive stink we associate with urine. The faster you clean up after them, the less likely you are to end up with it.
How do you get rid of the smell of guinea pig pee?
If you need a high-quality urine cleaner, try a product that uses active enzymes. Enzyme cleaners are more effective than traditional products as they target the source of the smell. Instead of superficially cleaning stains or masking odours, they will break down the uric acid that’s in guinea pig urine, removing 99% of bacteria. On top of that, Bio one™ is all-natural, organic, vegan and non-toxic so it’s totally pet-safe. It can be used to tackle any dirty stains from things like mud or faeces.
How to remove guinea pig urine with Bio one™:
Before you start cleaning, you need to locate the guinea pig urine. What type of surface is it on? Is it hard or soft? What kind of fabric or material is it? Hard surfaces are generally easier to wipe clean while leather, carpets or clothes can be a bit trickier. Always check the label on any soft furnishings, read the Bio one™ instructions carefully and try a test area before full treatment.
- If the surface is still wet with urine, soak up any excess before starting.
- Spray the affected area thoroughly with Bio one™. Make sure it’s completely covered and saturated with the product.
- Leave the area damp for five to ten minutes.
- If the stain and smell are lifting, wipe off any excess product with a cloth or paper towels and leave to air dry. If it needs a bit more work, respray the area and leave for a further five minutes.
- Check again and once you’re happy it’s done the job, leave the fabric or hard surface to completely dry.
Do guinea pigs pee a lot?
Guinea pigs do urinate frequently. It can be several times an hour, up every fifteen minutes, throughout the day. If they eat more fruit and vegetables, which have a high-water content, they’ll pee even more often to get rid of any excess water or vitamins. They should never go an entire day without either peeing or pooping so if this happens, they need to see a vet straight away.
Do guinea pigs spray pee?
Animals spray, or urine mark, for several reasons – stress, dominance or to send a message that they’re annoyed. Both boy and girl guinea pigs can spray and it’s normal, natural behaviour but you can prevent it by neutering your pets. Watch out for stress spraying which might show that another guinea pig is bothering them, there are new things in the cage or loud noises which are making them anxious, they’re being handled too much or they don’t have somewhere safe to hide.
Do guinea pigs make your house smell?
If you’re considering getting a guinea pig for yourself or a loved one, you might be wondering if they make your house smell. The answer is that all pets come with unique and distinctive smells which depend on their diet, the bedding you use and how regularly you clean their habitat. If you tidy up after your guinea pig once a week, clean toys, pick up any mess and replace their bedding, you’ll help to keep any pongs at bay. Natural paper bedding is a good choice as it’s soft and comfy for your guinea pig but more importantly it’s absorbent, controls odours and is easy to clean. A balanced, fibrous diet with a limited amount of fruit and veg should keep their excretions healthy and reduce any bad smells too.
How toxic is guinea pig pee?
Guinea pig pee isn’t particularly dangerous to humans. However, all pee can contain germs so we don’t recommend getting too close to any urine or faeces if you can avoid it. The best way to do this is by cleaning regularly, wearing gloves and using products to remove bacteria.
What are enzymes?
Don’t be fooled to think that because enzymes are natural they are less effective than chemical cleaners. Enzymes are nature’s very own powerful cleaning tools. Making them the go to choice for pet owners who do not want to spray harmful chemicals around their pets and their home.
Simply put, enzymes are all around us performing millions of important tasks in our bodies and in nature every single day. They are a type of protein that act like a biological catalyst to speed up the break down of organic compounds.
Similarly to how saliva, (which contains enzymes), initiates the digestion process by breaking down food in our mouths, cleaning enzymes use the same ‘enzymatic digestion’ to effectively break down and eradicate the organic proteins present in urine, faeces, vomit, drool, dirt, food, and more.
This process not only makes cleaning easier but also prevents the growth of bad bacteria – the root cause of those unpleasant odours – in the air, on surfaces, and within the fibres of your soft furnishings.
Try out Bio one™ today, vomit and the other nasties is what nature created enzymes for.
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