The Best Guinea Pig Products of the Summer 2017

With September heralding the start of meteorological Autumn in the UK I thought it was time we looked at what was hot this summer and highlight some of our favourite Guinea Pig Products.

The best of Summer 2017
The best of Summer 2017

Treats:

Guinea Pig Treats Summer 2017
Guinea Pig Treats Summer 2017
  • Natural and organic were two key words this summer with new brands like Binky and Wheeks and For Haymazing Pets appearing next to the established names of Nature’s Own and Rosewood.
  • A hugely expanded area was ‘hay toppers/mixers’ encouraging natural foraging behaviour and hay consumption.

Favourites: 

Binky and Wheeks Mr Mcgregor's Garden
Binky and Wheeks Mr Mcgregor’s Garden
Nature's Own Dried Dandelion
Nature’s Own Dried Dandelion
For Haymazing Pets Basic Herbs
For Haymazing Pets Basic Herbs

Nature's Own 5 a Day Mix
Nature’s Own 5 a Day Mix

Nature's Own Sweet Green Herby Mix with Carrot and Peas
Nature’s Own Sweet Green Herby Mix with Carrot and Peas

For Haymazing Pets Echinacea
For Haymazing Pets Echinacea


Toys:


  • Toys also largely followed the natural trend with Rosewood’s I Love Hay Cube fast becoming a firm favourite with both the Squidgypigs and the Guinea Pig community at large.
  • I really liked Binky and Wheeks Make your own Fruir Dangler Kit, which was 100% edible.
  • Haypigs burst onto the market in April with their vintage circus inspired stylings injecting a sense of fun into the small animal market.

Favourites: 

Rosewood I Love Hay Cube
Rosewood I Love Hay Cube

Haypigs Piggy Weightlifter
Haypigs Piggy Weightlifter

Haypigs Cavy Cannonball
Haypigs Cavy Cannonball

Binky and Wheeks Fruit Dangler Kit
Binky and Wheeks Fruit Dangler Kit



Care:


  • The natural theme continued into Care with 2Pure Pet Fresh and Fitch offering ecofriendly alternatives to everyday products. 
  • A turn away from the disposable trends of yesteryear was also evident. Haypigs and Snugglesafe produced high quality items designed to last.

Favourites:

2Pure Pet Fresh Cage and Hutch Cleaner
2Pure Pet Fresh Cage and Hutch Cleaner
Snugglesafe CoolPod
Snugglesafe CoolPod
Haypigs Circus Hidey Hut
Haypigs Circus Hidey Hut
Haypigs Wheek Wagon
Haypigs Wheek Wagon
 


Hay:


  • This year even the hay was largely green and I don’t see this trend going away. It looks good, it smells good, and it clearly tastes good too.

Newhay Timothy Hay
Newhay Timothy Hay

Nature's Own Sweet Green Hay Cookies
Nature’s Own Sweet Green Hay Cookies

Rosewood Meadow Hay Cookies
Rosewood Meadow Hay Cookies


Gifts:

  • The gift world was dominated by magic and whimsy.
  • Guinea Pigs smirked, partied and flew.

Favourites:

Cath Kidston Pets Party Kids Bag
Cath Kidston Pets Party Kids Bag
BooBoo and Ted Keyrings
BooBoo and Ted Keyrings

The Flying Carpet by Caroline Whittle
The Flying Carpet by Caroline Whittle

The Magical Guinea Pig Colouring Book
The Magical Guinea Pig Colouring Book




Predictions for Autumn/Winter:

  • Hay toppers/mixers are going to continue to be a big thing. With the weather getting worse; the dried fruits, flowers and herbs we see in these mixers are perfect for injecting interest into plain hay and recreating boredom busting foraging behaviour.
  • Fleece is already THE big thing in the world of Guinea Pig bedding and with the days getting darker and colder I don’t see that changing any time soon. I think we will see more pigs snuggled into fleecey beds of various colours and themes.
  • I think cold pressed food and Hay Cookies are yet to fully have their day and I envisage a lot more love for these products over the coming months. I wonder whether we will see Hay Cookies  with flowers and fruits dried into them?
  • Rosewood Meadow Menu (a cold pressed food)
    Rosewood Meadow Menu (a cold pressed food)
  • From the success of the Cath Kidston Pets Party range we can see that Guinea Pig fashion and homeware sells; so I’m excited to see what the Christmas season brings gift wise from other brands. 
  • I do hope that pigs aren’t the new pugs tho; I’m not sure I’m ready for 101 generic looking Guinea Pigs to stare at me in Asda every time I want new fleeces and jaffa cakes.
  • In books I hope that we will soon see a sequel to the Caroline Whittle’s The Flying Carpet (the unnamed piggy may even get a name) and I feel we are likely to get more colouring fun from Katie Leonard at Guinea Pig Wheekly.
  • On a personal note: I would like large water bottles that genuinely do not leak. 

What were your favourite products of the Summer and what do you hope to see as we head towards Christmas?

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