Why Does My Guinea Pig Pee On Me? {What Are The Warning Signs?}

How often is your guinea pig peeing on you? Do you want to figure why this is happening?

In this article, we’ll find out if it’s possible to reduce or stop getting peed on by your guinea pig.

Why Does My Guinea Pig Pee On Me?

Your guinea pig has a high metabolism and needs to pee every 15 minutes on average. Limit playtime or cuddles outside of the enclosure to 5-10 minutes at a time and recognize some signals indicating that they are about to pee.

Why Do Guinea Pigs Pee On People?

There many possible reasons why your guinea keeps peeing on you. Some of which are mentioned below:

  • nervousness
  • full bladder
  • displeasure
  • dominance


Your guinea pig is getting to know you and your home. The movement from a safe enclosure to a large unknown space in the home may feel daunting. Nerves cause bladders to react by releasing urine. It’s normal.

Full Bladder

Guinea pigs can’t hold in the pee longer than 15 minutes on average. It’s best to limit your playtime or cuddles to time periods that are within 5-10 minutes. Wait until your guinea pig has recently defecated or urinated. Then you can enjoy couch time together.


When a guinea is upset by external stimuli, the result could be to pee. They are limited in the ways they can express themselves. Peeing to show displeasure or discomfort is one way of being asked to be left alone or to be put back in its enclosure.


Male guinea pigs may pee more often to show their dominance and mark their territory. This is not as common as a full bladder that is in regular need of urinating every 15 minutes.

Is My Guinea Pig Peeing On Me On Purpose?

Chances are that the urine you are noticing is normal and can’t be held in any longer. Guinea pigs have a high metabolism and drink plenty of water. It’s bound to happen frequently and it could happen on you.

Tightly holding or gentle petting may press against their bladder. The feeling of being trapped may also cause tension which may release urine on your lap or hands.

The younger the guinea pig, the more likely it is that you will get peed on if you continue cuddling and outside cage time for longer than 5-10 minutes at a time.

How Often Do Guinea Pigs Pee?

Guinea pigs tend to pee every 15 minutes. They also release dry pellets up to 100 times a day. You will notice it sometimes with some tell-tale signs.

Other times, it will surprise you and protecting yourself next time with a puppy pee pad or a towel on your lap will work better than predicting every moment that they wish to pee.

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How Do I Know When My Guinea Pig Is About To Pee?

The longer you get to know your guinea pig, the easier it is to tell when they are happy, uncomfortable or about to pee. Look for these signs that urine is on the way out.

  • Nipping
  • Circling
  • Backing up
  • Chattering teeth
  • Squeaking
  • Fidgeting
  • Pulling your clothes or towel

Of course, these actions above may not necessarily be connected with the need to pee, but they are great indicators that it’s time to put your guinea pig back into its home.

Can You Potty Train A Guinea Pig?

There are lots of videos and research available on this topic of potty training a guinea pig. Sometimes it’s successful and other times it’s frustrating.

The easiest solution is to reduce the time outside of the cage to 5-10 minutes. Wait another 15-30 minutes and let your companion out again for another short recess with you.

You can try using a litter box, towels, pee pads and reduce cuddle times immediately after they eat. Also try to avoid feeding your guinea too many watery foods like watermelon or lettuce.

Is Guinea Pig Urine Harmful To Humans?

Urine and feces get coupled together sometimes. When they pee or drop pellets on you, immediately wash up afterwards. The chances of being infected with harmful bacteria is low, but not impossible.

Salmonellosis bacteria in guinea pig feces can cause infections in humans. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM) can also be transferred through urine virally which can feel like you have contracted the flu. This is extremely rare and found more often in mice.

Do Guinea Pigs Pee On Each Other?

Guinea pigs would prefer to pee in the same spot, but accidents happen. Sometimes it’s deliberate to notice guinea pigs peeing on another. This may be a sign to tell their neighbor to back off.

Guinea pigs in groups may establish hierarchy or territory. Males will do this more often, but it isn’t guaranteed this will occur all the time. Males may also mark a female as their mate by doing this vile act.

If this action is present in one particular guinea pig in the group, it’s best to discourage it by removing him from the area.

Do Guinea Pigs Have A High Metabolism?

Yes. Guinea pigs are always moving, munching, sipping and letting go of bodily waste. They digest rather quickly and things move through their intestines much faster than most animals or humans.

They graze, nibble digest and pee every 15 minutes or poop over 100 times a day. If you don’t notice your guinea pig relieving itself this often, then something is not right. A healthy guinea pig needs to pee and poo all day long.

How Do I Manage My Guinea Pig’s Pee and Poo?

You are going to have to take safety measures to protect yourself from getting peed on. Pellets will also drop on you as well. Here are some tips to help you manage:

  • Monitor the time.
  • Use towels or pee pads.
  • Wear old clothes during cuddle time.
  • Keep your guinea in its home after meals.
  • Scoop up your guinea pig slowly.
  • Add litter boxes.

Your guinea pig is sensitive to being picked up or held tightly. Pee will happen every 15 minutes on average. Be ready for it. Wait until meal times are over and 15 minutes has elapsed.

Adding litter boxes may encourage your guinea pig to pee or poo in these locations. Since many guinea pigs like to relieve themselves near their feeding location, you can add bits of food in the litter boxes as well.

Do Fruits And Vegetables Make Guinea Pigs Pee More Often?

Avoid watery fruits and vegetables when possible. The water content in them will encourage your guinea pig to pee more often. Here are some fresh foods that you may want to stay away from:

  • watermelon
  • cucumber
  • lettuce
  • celery
  • pear
  • orange

Stick to hay and pellets while adding only a small amount of fruits or veggies that equal the size of your pinky finger.


We hope you bond with your guinea pig to the point where you become in tune with the signals indicating that it’s time to pee or drop pellets.

You will be able to avoid getting soiled or you can protect yourself with a towel or pee pad during shorter time periods when your guinea pig is outside of its enclosure.


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