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Post   » Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:21 am

Paula Bunyan is strong! All 4 of the smaller piggies won't go in the pigloos. They hang out behind the pigloos. If you make eye contact, they stampede to the other side.

I don't know the age of any of them so there's no telling right now if the smaller ones are regular or cuy. They are all "strays". I'm hoping the 5 smaller ones aren't related to Paula. SHe's got long nipples though so she must have been bred before


Post   » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:37 am

Thank you, CavyHouse. So disappointed to see that our Cuy radius is getting larger. If only we could make the case that they are not native to California and shouldn't be sold here (this is the argument against ferrets and gerbils).


Post   » Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:11 pm

Here is the Cuy from the Lancaster shelter:


She is 1100 grams, I think she is an adolescent.
Wild as can be, stampede is a good term for what she does when I try to catch her.
Toes are normal in number but feet are really big.
She has CL and had 7 lumps removed, and she has bumblefoot on one of her front paws.

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Post   » Fri Jul 15, 2011 3:44 pm

Her feet are huge and yes she does stampede. I think she will pass that 1100 grams as soon as she gets all healed up.


Post   » Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:12 pm

Thanks for the photo! I wanted to credit you but could not remember your GL name.

Dr. k said she was 1200 grams there.

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Post   » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:40 am

I cannot believe the SIZE of these piggies! Ginormous! They are quite lovely, though, being that I love piggies. What's not to love in a supersized guinea pig? Except, of course, for the fact that they shouldn't be pets. But it does appear they can live with regular piggies.

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Post   » Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:49 am

Paula Bunyan put on 200 grams (almost half a pound) in her first week here - and she's not fat. So at 1640 grams, I think she isn't full-grown yet.


Post   » Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:23 am

That's a good weight gain. Poor Fiona is still hovering around 1150 grams. I can't get her to eat even though there are three kinds of pellets, two kinds of hay and veggies always in the cage. She is so terrified of humans that hand feeding was incredibly stressful and made her sulk and hide even more.

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Post   » Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:16 am

Paula and her 4 cagemates absolutely won't eat if anyone is in the room. None of them will even peak around the pigloos when I bring veggies in. I have 2 hayracks in the cage. They will eat all the hay in the back of the cage but barely touch the hay in the front of the cage.

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Post   » Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:40 pm

I have a stupid question since I just rejoined this forum after several years absence- since Cuy are such poor prospects for pets how/why does PetCo etc get them shipped to them? How did they get into the trade? (I guess I'm wondering since some breeder/supplier is obviously contracting with them. )

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Post   » Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:44 am

You think Petco cares? They may be cheaper or easier to get.


Post   » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:25 am

Or less traceable. The pet mills that Petco usually buys from have to be licensed and are subject to inspection by APHIS, an arm of the USDA. They regulate the pet mill industry. Also, organizations such as PETA and the HSUS are familiar with Petco's usual distributors and keep infiltrating and getting video footage of inhumane conditions. It causes a lot of bad press for Petco and the like.

Exotic meat dealers however are not subject to inspection by APHIS. They are regulated by the FDA. They get a lot less attention from animal welfare groups. They may not have to provide the same conditions for the animals, hence they could theoretically charge less for them.

But these are theories because we really don't know exactly where Petco is getting the Cuy. And since they are breeding with regular guinea pigs they will soon be more difficult to differentiate.


Post   » Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:57 pm

Name: Carmel - half Cuy
Date obtained: I got Carmel 7/8/2011, but I believe she was rescued about a week prior.
Found or purchased where: rescued from a Long Beach, CA shelter
Weight: 1 lb 6.8 oz (646 grams)
Color: White with gray ears
Abnormalities: No visible abnormalities
Temperament: Skittish. Runs away when you try to pick her up. Wheeks loudly for the first minute or two after she is in your arms. Calms down after a few minutes and is then ok.
Health problems: None that we're aware of.

I foster for OCCH, where she is currently on pregnancy watch. She is about 2 weeks in, and so far no signs of pregnancy. (She was found in a cage with mother (full Cuy) and father (domestic)).

She is definitely still a baby, and growing faster than the others we have. She was smaller than the 2-month-old when we got her, and in 2.5 weeks is now as big as the 7-month-old. We think she must be around 2-3 months old.

I don't know how to post pictures yet, but I will try to get a more recent one (there is another of her and momma on page 3).


Post   » Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:42 am

Thanks for the update! Pics would be wonderful. I am very interested to see if they can be tamed if handled young.

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Post   » Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:44 pm

I heard about a couple other possible cuys in our area so I went to 4 different Petco's (Saratoga, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mountain View(today to see if they had anything that looked like it could be cuy.

Each Petco had 6-8 piggies but they all looked like the normal mix of Americans and Aby's.


Post   » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:47 am

We need pics of some of the young ones so people can see how different they look.

There's another one at a shelter near us. We're picking it up.


Post   » Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:15 am

Mmercedesmom and I did some measurements today, ear-wise and foot-wise.

Jem, a female Cuy, has ears that are 2 1/4 inches wide. Valentino, an average sized adult boar has ears that are 1 1/2 inches wide.

Jem's feet were 2 1/4 inches long from heel to hairline and Valentino's feet were 1 1/2 inches long.


Post   » Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:16 am

I've had Pixie over a year now and she still acts like I'm going to eat her.


Post   » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:21 pm

I took some photos of Fiona next to Acorn today. Fiona is an adolescent Cuy weighing 1300 grams. Acorn is a full grown guinea pig male weighing 1100 grams. Fiona looks a lot bigger because her body is longer.


See how their facial characteristics are different:


And look at the feet!



Post   » Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:12 pm

Really glad this thread is a sticky! Some general thoughts on cuy.

They're muscular and very beefy, not fat. Very, very strong. The reason why they are so meaty is because they are intended for food and not for pet companionship.

Part of the reason why they have six toes is because it is considered good luck for guinea pigs to have lots of front toes in Peruvian culture.

They're usually quite terrified of humans, seem more feral and simply more anxious than other guine apigs. High strung.

They are usually red and white, or golden blonde color.

They can leap out of a C&C cage no problem.

Their poops are huge.

They have shorter lifespans and many die suddenly.

It's strange but they seem to be more common in Southern California.

Here's some info on the cuy I pet-sat for OCCH:

Name: Caramel
Date obtained: early 2010
Found or purchased where? abandoned in a park in Burbank (Los Angeles County, CA)
Weight 1750 g
Color Golden blonde
Abnormalities (ie. extra toes) 24 toes--12 in the front, 12 in the back. Some of them are fused together and others are dangly.
Temperament: Very anxious and skittish. On his first day at his new adoptive home he screamed, leapt the new C&C cage and hid in a closet.
Health problems: Sadly, Caramel passed away in late 2010 so he was only in rescue for about a year.


I used this thread or a while to document my research on cuy:[/b]

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