- Supporter in '11
Maxwell is a male cuy that I picked up from a local shelter in December, 2014 as a 3 year old. He topped out at 2800 grams. He was definitely a cuy physically, but his personality was more like a lap dog. He was calmer, sweeter, gentler, more outgoing than almost any piggy that has come through our rescue. If you stopped scritching him before he was satisfied, he'd nudge you for more. He broke the cuy mold.
But Maxwell seemed to pick up contagious bugs when none had been around for a while. He picked up CL and battled it for around 4 or 5 months before we finally had the lymph node removed. He also picked up fungal infections and a URI when there had been no cases in a year or so. His cagemate was with him through all of this and stayed totally healthy.
In talking with a couple other rescues, they noted that several of their cuy end up with CL too. The cuys we've had have been more susceptible to it.
I sadly have to have Maxwell euthanized yesterday due to a large tumor or abscess in his jaw that rapidly misaligned his jaw. Even syringe feeding him 4 hours a day wasn't enough to maintain his weight. I just wonder if cuy's immune systems aren't as tough as other piggies.
- Supporter in '11
I also have a 5 year old female cuy named Billie Jean that I've had for almost her whole life. She survived pyometra and being spayed a year or so ago. So there are Cuys lasting longer than a few years.
"However, the real cause of dandruff is actually a yeast-like fungus, Malassezia globosa, which lives on your scalp, feeding on skin oils."
"A very common fungus called malassezia may contribute to dandruff."
"A yeast-like fungus (malassezia). Malassezia lives on the scalps of most adults, but for some, it irritates the scalp. This can irritate your scalp and cause more skin cells to grow. The extra skin cells die and fall off, making them appear white and flaky in your hair or on your clothes."
Date obtained: 3/5/16
Found or purchased: Santa Cruz Animal Rescue
Weight: Currently 31 ounces
Color: Reddish-brown and white
Temperament: Enjoys being petted, hates being picked up. Also can jump approximately 2 feet high.
Health problems: None yet!
About March 2014
Found or purchased where? (please be specific) Hesperia, CA, Jack in the Box Parking lot--He was a craigslist free-bee
Weight 2110g, or 4.6 lbs
white and red
Abnormalities (ie. extra toes) none
skittish, but loving once caught. He's getting better at it, too, occasionally approaching my hand just to be petted.
some ringworm at the time I got him. A small cyst on his back six months later. Shedding hair near year round, and possibly terrible eyesight,(even for a cavy,) which contributes greatly to his skittish nature.
I am so proud of how far this boy of mine has come. When I got him home, he was so scared that he wouldn't eat even lettuce, didn't know what the heck hay was, and was fully capable of easily clearing the foot tall cage I had him housed in. I'm not sure how old he is, or what his background was, but I'm ok with that. He's a great companion, once you convince him that you do not, in any way, intend to harm him.
He most definitely doesn't trust his eyes much, he mostly sniffs and listens hard.
It's been at least a year and a half of patient handling, and his personality is finally showing. He likes most veggies now. but still hates tomatoes with a passion--that face he's making? I gave him a cherry tomato just before these series of pics. He still eats them, though.
(I'm on page 14 of this thread atm...)
I aim to spoil all my piggies rotten, too.
He also happens to be the most vocal of my herd, with a very distinctive weeeek! It's almost sounds like he's puffing his cheeks out, but I know he physically can't do that...