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Hello,

I have a question for all the guinea pig owners that have their piggies in the room with them.
I want to ask for any kind of help regarding peace and quiet in the night. I have a problem with loud water bottle among other things. And I would love to receive any types of advice for keeping guinea pigs as quiet in the night as possible. Any ideas?
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My guinea pigs generally don’t bother me, they do chew on their house quite a bit and, as you’ve said their water bottle is kind of noisy but I can usually just ignore it. 🙂
 

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My guinea pigs generally don’t bother me, they do chew on their house quite a bit and, as you’ve said their water bottle is kind of noisy but I can usually just ignore it. 🙂
That's good, I can't anymore 🙂 And sadly there isn't a place I can put them besides my room 😣
 

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I'm sorry you're having this problem, when I was younger and had pigs on my room I was much lightly sleeper and found the same thing with the water bottle. Now I'm basically always exhausted so crash out quite easily 🤣
Although I've not tried these, these are maybe some things that may help muffle the noise:

Cover the cage with a large blanket at night, my thought behind this is that it may muffle the noises they make.

Find some comfortable in-ear headphones, I actually really like the classic lead iPhone pods, then of a night play music that you find calming, there's plenty of apps that play like calming sounds like waves/water. Or I used to fall asleep to Ed Sheerans album 🤣 Hopefully if you find something that you find really relaxing, you could turn it up enough to hide the noise of the piggies, but still fall asleep.

The only other option I could possibly think of is to change their water bottle to a bowl over night, but I'd be concerned that they wouldn't know how to drink from it if they are used to a bottle and 2, it would make a big mess if they decided to do zoomies 😂
 

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The only other option I could possibly think of is to change their water bottle to a bowl over night, but I'd be concerned that they wouldn't know how to drink from it if they are used to a bottle and 2, it would make a big mess if they decided to do zoomies 😂
I think it's actually harder to get them to drink from a bottle if they're used to a bowl, than it is the other way around. When I first got Comet and Blitzen, they'd been using a bottle usually but the bottle that came with the Ferplast turned out to be dodgy, so I gave them a bowl instead. They tipped it over at least once, but I suspect that was youthful exuberance rather than anything else. The big problem with bowls is they get dirty ridiculously quick - pellets, food, hay and even poop end up in a water bowl in just a couple of hours.
 

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I know its probably not very helpful but I have a husband who snores... I use ear plugs which help massively! Worth a try? I get mine from this place: Snorestore
 

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I think it's actually harder to get them to drink from a bottle if they're used to a bowl, than it is the other way around. When I first got Comet and Blitzen, they'd been using a bottle usually but the bottle that came with the Ferplast turned out to be dodgy, so I gave them a bowl instead. They tipped it over at least once, but I suspect that was youthful exuberance rather than anything else. The big problem with bowls is they get dirty ridiculously quick - pellets, food, hay and even poop end up in a water bowl in just a couple of hours.
I've never personally used a bowel for my pigs, for the mess and dirt in water reason. Just didn't know what else to suggest 😂
 

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My glass ones from pets at home are pretty good. But it does depend on the pig. My sow is a loud drinker and my boar is quiet. I know whos drinking without looking lol
I know what you mean, I have three guinea pigs and only one drinks so loudly and long that it's really annoying :D She uses her teeth to move the ball in the bottle and the water just drips over her and that's why she has to drink for 5 minutes -.-
But it's impossible to intruduce them to a bowl. I would love to have a bowl instead of a bottle :)
 

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I'm sorry you're having this problem, when I was younger and had pigs on my room I was much lightly sleeper and found the same thing with the water bottle. Now I'm basically always exhausted so crash out quite easily 🤣
Although I've not tried these, these are maybe some things that may help muffle the noise:

Cover the cage with a large blanket at night, my thought behind this is that it may muffle the noises they make.

Find some comfortable in-ear headphones, I actually really like the classic lead iPhone pods, then of a night play music that you find calming, there's plenty of apps that play like calming sounds like waves/water. Or I used to fall asleep to Ed Sheerans album 🤣 Hopefully if you find something that you find really relaxing, you could turn it up enough to hide the noise of the piggies, but still fall asleep.

The only other option I could possibly think of is to change their water bottle to a bowl over night, but I'd be concerned that they wouldn't know how to drink from it if they are used to a bottle and 2, it would make a big mess if they decided to do zoomies 😂
Thank you for your suggestion. I've already tried everything. Blanket doesn't do sadly. The earplugs are great, but they fall out of my ears in the night and I also can't use them always. But I would love to make them switch to bowl. That would be amazing but they don't know how to drink from the bowl.. Is there any way to get them used to it? :)
 

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I think it's actually harder to get them to drink from a bottle if they're used to a bowl, than it is the other way around. When I first got Comet and Blitzen, they'd been using a bottle usually but the bottle that came with the Ferplast turned out to be dodgy, so I gave them a bowl instead. They tipped it over at least once, but I suspect that was youthful exuberance rather than anything else. The big problem with bowls is they get dirty ridiculously quick - pellets, food, hay and even poop end up in a water bowl in just a couple of hours.
I agree with you. I haven't had that luck to make them switch to water bowl. How did you do it? :)
 

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I know its probably not very helpful but I have a husband who snores... I use ear plugs which help massively! Worth a try? I get mine from this place: Snorestore
It actually helps quite a lot but I can't always have earplugs every night, it's not healthy :( I would love to use a water bowl for them but they don't know what to do with it :/
 

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I've never personally used a bowel for my pigs, for the mess and dirt in water reason. Just didn't know what else to suggest 😂
Thank you for your answer I appreciate it :) I would love to try it, it would be so much better :)
 

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I agree with you. I haven't had that luck to make them switch to water bowl. How did you do it? :)
When I first gave them the bowl, I'd literally just got them home. So they had their little hidey place, and I placed the water bowl next to a small bowl of pellets, some hay and some veg, within easy reach from their hidey entry. That way they never had to venture far if they didn't want to and the bowl was right there next to the food - it meant emptying it and refilling it more often, but it got them to associate it with their food.
They always preferred a bottle and I got a couple of glass bottles for them within a couple of weeks which they were happy to use again, but if for any reason I couldn't have the bottles out they always had a bowl instead. And they did drink from it...not much, but I'd see Comet standing on the edge of it (a non-tip bowl in the end, he's probably the daft one that tipped it originally). They're not always going to "get" it overnight, but I imagine they'd get at least a bit curious as to what this random bowl in the middle of their cage or run is. Using a bowl might seem a bit strange to us but it's more natural really for them than using a bottle would be.
 
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