Do Guinea Pigs Smell?

September 4, 2021
3 mins read

Do you think that you might be considering bringing a guineapig into your home?

The dread they might have of you is what stopping you from bringing them home.

Guinea pigs can have a strong odor, but it can usually be controlled with some basic cleaning techniques and general care.

It’s possible for Guinea pigs to produce a strong smell. However, this is usually due to a dirty enclosure, poor guinea-pig care or sickness, and not the Guinea Pig.

Guinea pigs can be kept indoors with very little smell.

While Guinea Pigs do not smell, they are frequently accused of having a smell due to the accumulation of waste in their pen.

We’ll be discussing the main reasons for the smell that comes from guinea Pig’s confinement and the 10 possible ways to stop it from happening.

What is the Smell of Guinea Pigs?
Despite the fact that guinea Pigs have the reputation of being rotten, it is not just the guinea Pig that is responsible for the smell.

If you find that guinea-pigs are emitting a strong stale smell, it is most likely due to their current situation and not just the guinea.

The cage is used by guineapigs as their resting place, their washroom, or their entire home.

Their enclosure is essentially a litter box. It’s likely that they will start to smell.

The guineapig spends most their energy in their own home so they are often blamed for the smell emanating from their pen. This is despite the fact it’s most likely due to their squanders.

If they invest so much energy in their pen, they will eventually get the smell of their bedding and shavings in their current situation.

Guinea pigs can be self-prepared and given a regular shower.

Is it more pronounced in male Guinea Pigs than in females?
While every guineapig is capable of self-cleaning and will remain clean in a proper confinement, male guineapigs will be more grounded than their female counterparts.

This can be due to their oil organ or, as we are often referred to, their scent organ.

Wild male guineapigs use the discharges from this organ for their territory and show it off when trying to mate.

This organ produces oily discharges, similar to earwax, and can be more dynamic than other organs on certain guineapigs.

Guinea pigs who have an operating oil organ may notice a change in their smell.

Although this organ can give off guineapig smells, it can still be maintained easily.

If you take care to administer the fragrance organ properly and clean their bedding regularly, you can avoid any unpleasant smells in your house.

You may be familiar with the guinea pork grease gland (also known as the smell gland). It is located above their tail bone. Piggy’s grease gland functions to produce oil that marks their territory.

Problem is that gland build-up can make it sticky and smelly, which can be especially problematic for boars.

If your piggy’s hair seems a bit sloppy, wash it gently with warm water and mild soap.

Also, make sure to clean your pet’s cage with a non-toxic, animal-safe cleaning solution. It is essential to replace any hay or bedding that has become soiled. However, it is a good idea to keep some of the hay they have used previously. When your guineapig returns to their cage, they will be busy marking their territory and getting into the habit of eating. It is less likely that this will happen if they are given a small amount of their old hay and put it back in the cage.

Guinea pigs will live as clean and healthy as you give them. Guinea pigs live in a cage and have to eat their own food. But that doesn’t make them pigs. Guinea pigs love to keep their cage clean. Odor shouldn’t be an issue as long as you keep the cage clean and wash your guinea pork as much as you can.


Step 1
Each day clean the cage. Guinea pigs love to clean up after themselves. But if there is pet waste in the cage, it will smell, and eventually get into his fur. You can clean your Guinea pig’s cage every day by removing any damp lining.

Step 2
The cage should be cleaned once per week. Even with daily cleaning, the smells from the cage can still build up. You need to clean it well. Your guineapig can be transferred to another cage or allowed to roam on the floor in a enclosed area while you empty his old cage. The bottom of the cage should be scrubbed with warm water and mild detergent. After drying it, dry it thoroughly with a towel. Fill it with fresh lining. Then, return your little buddy’s clean cage to its original location.

Step 3
Your guineapig should be given a bath at least once every six months. Pour 2 to 3 inches warm water into a sink. Line the bottom of the sink with a washcloth so that he can stand. Massage baby shampoo or pet store shampoo into his fur and rinse thoroughly. After rinsing him, dry him with a towel before returning him back to his cage.

Step 4
For dead hairs, brush his fur once a week to prevent matting which can lead to odors.

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