HayPigs!® was the brainchild of husband and wife team, Rik and Helen from the UK. They began their adventure in 2014 when they adopted a pair of male guinea pigs called Nutmeg and Neptune from their local guinea pig rescue and sanctuary. Thus began their love affair with one of the most endearing and characterful critters on the planet - the guinea pig.
On arriving at their new home, Nutmeg and Neptune were spoilt rotten. Their new parents bought them a giant spearmint green hutch and engraved their names on a plaque above the door. They were bought every toy, hidey hutch and tunnel on the market and a large galvanised steel run to play out in the garden. They were very happy piggies and made Rik and Helen very content...
...But as toys wore out or were neglected as 'boring', huts fell apart and tunnels got filthy, new, exciting, original products became very difficult to find. This got dad, Rik, thinking... Why aren't there more products available for my piggies? Why isn't anyone coming up with anything new? And why are some of these products so poor in quality? Surely there is a better way?
Well it just so happens that Rik had spent ten years as a professional product designer so was just the kind of chap to find a solution to this conundrum. So Rik & Helen set out to design their own range of guinea pig specific products, designed for and tested by Guinea Pigs™!
Rik and Helen have now adopted a total of 13 guinea pigs, and space permitting, would have more! Spending so much time with piggies has given them great insight into the unique and spell-binding personalities of these fabulous pets!
We welcome you to our website and encourage you to find out more. If you have any questions, please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!
Wheek to you soon!
Rik, Helen, Scarlett Rose and the HayPigs!®
Rik Cridland, MD / Ringmaster at HayPigs!® (aka 'The Guinea Pig Guy')
At the core of our business is a passion and desire to change the way we view small animals as a pet. Guinea pigs are an incredibly intelligent, social animal with far more complicated welfare needs than many currently give them credit for.
Helen Cridland, Co-founder of HayPigs!® (PigMum)
We are proud to be the first UK small animal accessories business to specialise in guinea pigs and proud to be at the forefront of changing attitudes towards their welfare needs. We are giving guinea pigs a voice.