How to Defrost a Guinea Pig’s Water Bottle

On those bitter cold mornings when you find your guinea pig’s water bottle frozen solid you’ll want a quick and easy way to thaw it out before you head off for work or school.

But is it really necessary to thaw the ice?

Even though it is said that guinea pigs in the wild can go a couple of days without any water, it is advisable to ensure that our pet piggies always have a fresh water supply, as this is what they will be used to and what will be best for their health. After all, these wild pigs will have access to fresh food which has a high water content, whereas the average guinea pig’s dinner will be dried food, with a little fresh vegetables. So it’s worth it to spend a few minutes each frosty morning thawing out your guinea pig’s bottle.  And of course we want our guinea pigs to be happy and healthy little pigs don’t we?

Thawing the Ice

The thickness of the ice in the bottle will determine the amount of effort you have to put in and the time to thaw the ice.

You may find that if it is just a thin layer of ice around the perimeter of the bottle, by pressing slightly (but not too hard) will be enough to break the ice. If the ice doesn’t break into small enough pieces to get out the bottle then try shaking the bottle up and down, with a little water in (and the lid on!).

If the ice is thicker and you can’t use the above method to break it then try soaking it for a couple of minutes. I have found that the best way to do this is to fill up a sink, (or container) with cold or barely warm water, and leave the bottle soaking in it with the lid off. The time you leave it soaking will depend on how thick the ice is. Once the ice has begun to soften you may find that you can gently press to break some of the ice (do not press too hard, as this may crack the bottle). Then tip out as much ice and water as you can. If there’s still ice left in repeat the procedure. With this method you can do up to 2 or 3 bottles at the same time, provided your sink or conainer is big enough.

Once all the ice is gone
, refill the bottle; you may like to put a little luke-warm water in with the cold water. Remember never to put hot water in the bottle, as a guinea pig has a very sensitive mouth and skin, which can get easily burnt.

Of course, if your guinea pig has a water bowl it would be less time consuming to thaw the ice and replenish it than it would be with a bottle, as you don’t have to melt melt the ice in order to get it out, as you could simply tip or press the ice out.

Remember
even if your guiena pigs are inside a shed or outbuilding you will still need to check their water for ice.

To avoid this problem altogether it is possible to get bottle warmers, (a material sleave that slips on over the bottle, which helps prevent the formation of ice), although this does not guarantee ice free water.

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