Count The Cost – Guinea Pigs

To keep a domestic guinea pig the yearly cost will be approximately:

Bag of pellets every 3 mo. @ $30.00 $90.00
Fresh veggies and fruit every mo.@$15.00 $180.00
Hay (Timothy) 12 bales @ $5.00 each $60.00
White wood shavings 5 bales @ $10.00 each $50.00
Annual veterinarian check-up once a year $40.00
* please note that is not the Adoption cost at an SPCA shelter, this is an approximate yearly cost of keeping the animal.

One-time Costs:

Adoption of Guinea Pig (approx. only, check with your local shelter) at the SPCA $15.00
Cage $75.00
Guinea Pig Care Book $15.00
Dishes, water bottle $20.00
Misc. Brush, harness, leash $40.00
Total $165.00

These are average costs. It may cost more if you need to pay for someone to care for your guinea pig, if you go on vacation, you build a large hutch or your guinea pig needs special medical attention.


(Article courtesy of the BCSPCA. Please visit for further information.)

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