Cuy Data

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Oct 11, 2014 3:30 pm


I dare say you will have her eating out of your hand (and more!) in no time!

Either that or can turn her loose in your home and you have a new mop.

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CavyHouse
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Post   » Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:48 am


Your piggy looks like an adorable Peruvian. But I don't see any cuy in her.

ChineseLoki

Post   » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:53 am


My cuy is now 4.5lbs and still growing (although rather slowly). She gets regular exercise, but the blubber just piles on...(I think it makes her cuter).

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Sshadowsmom

Post   » Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:36 pm


My large dust mop has put on 13oz in just the few short 3 weeks she has been with me. She gets plenty of hay and greens, hates appless and is indifferent to bell pepper. I no longer need to wear gloves to feed her but for my own protection put them on when I pick her up.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:04 pm


13 ounces is a lot to put on in 3 weeks! Hoping she gets friendly!

Margaretcary

Post   » Fri Nov 07, 2014 4:25 am


I had 2 cuy, given to me by Petsmart. They were there in little aquariums and there was a sign that said "Please take me home." I adopted them both. One weighed 5 pounds the other 4-1/2. The largest one lasted 6 months, but got very large lumps on his side. I took him to the vet and she put in drains and put him on medication. She thought it might be cancer, because no pus was expelled, but lab work came back negative.

I still think he had cancer because the meds did not help and the lumps grew and eventually I had to syringe feed him. He did not make it.

The other male is doing fine. I have had him about a year now. He is over twice the size of my other pigs.

I have found it a challenge to work with the cuy pigs. They are more skittish and don't bond as well with people, but we are working on my last cuy.

I absolutely love to hold a big soft piggy and since I only have one cuy now, I would love to fine another one.

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Sshadowsmom

Post   » Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:49 am


If you are in Ohio you are welcome to Blaze. I just found out today that in January pet policy is changing and only one pet per apartment. She is still in the too small cage she was brought to me in because I just don't have room. She loves floor time in the folding playpen but boy does she pee a lot.

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Post   » Sat Nov 08, 2014 1:24 am


Sshadowsmom, you might want to contact jacqueline through the mailer. She's looking for cuy. You all would have to work out a piggy train, but she may be interested in doing that.

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jacqueline

Post   » Sat Nov 08, 2014 7:11 am


I've never seen a cuy or cuy mix that was peruvian. Is there any way to tell if she's really a cuy mix or just a big peruvian?

I'm coming to learn more about "cuy". It seems that there are several markers, only one of which is weight. Temperment, crazy strength, extra toes are solme of the other markers.

Anyone know of anything else that "makes" a cuy?

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CavyHouse
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Post   » Sat Nov 08, 2014 2:26 pm


The cuy that we've had are typically red and white, cream and white, red, or white. Most have been short, smooth-haired, with a few being crested. We haven't had any long-haired cuy.
Our two most recent cuy, Laverne and Shirley, developed stones at the age of 4.
Billie Jean developed pyometra at the age of 3 and had a successful spay to correct it.
We're getting a young male cuy in soon who will need a home. We're in the San Francisco Bay Area.
PetSmart and Petco seem to be the source of most cuy in our area.

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Sshadowsmom

Post   » Sat Nov 08, 2014 3:20 pm


She original came from a local pet shop that has a history of cuy hybrids. And not taking the best care to sex and separate the pigs. When I was looking for a youngster after Punkin died I did not even consider going there. They have also had cuy/abby hybirds in the past. There is just something about seeing a guinea pig that is a full foot in length.

Margaretcary

Post   » Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:54 am


I have been looking, but have been unable to find any to go with my big boy. I don't want to buy one from Petsmart or Petco.

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jacqueline

Post   » Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:45 am


I understand that many cuy and cuy mixes actually live very well with "regular" guinea pigs.

LAGPR has a page on how to identify a cuy. There are several markers, including facial features:

http://www.laguineapigrescue.com/cuy-reports-and-sightings.html

They're trying very hard to gather as much info as they can, for the care of them as well as to put pressure on Petco/Petsmart to stop selling them.

Margaretcary

Post   » Sun Nov 23, 2014 2:39 am


I just measured my big cuy, and he is a foot long and 5 pounds. He is so cuddly and is much more trusting now, then when I first got him. He still has a strong startle reflex, but now, after working with him for a year, he will sit quietly on my lap and let me pet him without trying to get away.

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Sshadowsmom

Post   » Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:12 am


She has the largest face of any guinea pig I have ever seen. Very slowly she is making ground in learning to be more friendly. She is a very curious girl and I will wait to hear what you think about her. (Besides her need for a bath)

Margaretcary

Post   » Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:35 pm


I put some young males that I rescued in with my big boy cuy and they get along great. He takes care of them and even lets them sleep on him. He also seems much happier.

I think the cuy are not un-tameable, but not for children. With time and patience, they can settle down and become tame. I think they are getting a bad rap. They just need an experienced adult to work with them.

higgy

Post   » Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:20 am


I'm a new cavy owner and currently have two females. One that I believe is cuy. Butterscotch is not yet 3 months old and already 11 inches in length. I'm not sure what her weight is, will get a scale so I can do that. I got her from Petco on November 24th. She is blind in one eye and limited vision in the other.

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mmeadow
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Post   » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:41 pm


Are you sure she's less than three months old? Maybe a cuy expert can correct me, but eleven inches seems gigantic for a baby.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:49 pm


Can you post a picture of Butterscotch?

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CavyHouse
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Post   » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:08 pm


We had a cuy pup born here who was 250 grams at birth. The average non-cuy pups generally range from 80-110 grams or so. IF I knew where it was, I'd dig out her growth chart. Her weight gains were quite impressive.
To me, length is hard to compare because guinea pigs can stretch and make themselves real long or bunch up and be short.

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