Cuy Data

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Charybdis

Post   » Sun May 15, 2011 3:54 am


If you have a Cuy, please help collect data so that we can learn more about them.

Name
Date obtained
Found or purchased where? (please be specific)
Weight
Color
Abnormalities (ie. extra toes)
Temperament
Health problems

Please also update if he/she has passed away, at what age and the causes if known.

This will help us anticipate their health problems as well as educate the public about their special needs.

Also please indicate if you are a rescue :)

Thanks!

Charybdis

Post   » Sun May 15, 2011 3:57 am


Champ
Rescued 5/12/2011, by Orange County Cavy Haven
Downey shelter, California
3.9 lbs
Red/white crested
Normal toes
Scared, difficult to catch
No known health problems yet.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun May 15, 2011 9:23 am


Great idea, Charybdis! I can make this a temporary sticky.

Debs4Pigs

Post   » Sun May 15, 2011 6:53 pm


Pixie
Female
Weight: 5#
Got from someone that became a member. 7/10 in Torrance. She got her from a Petco in Long Beach
She's around 1 1/2 years.
Very difficult to catch but good once you do.
Front Feet: 5 toes and one dewclaw each foot
Back Feet: 4 toes each foot
Red with white crest and white feet
No known health problems

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pigjes
Cavy Comic

Post   » Mon May 16, 2011 2:32 am


Great idea!! It would even make a great permanent sticky too!

Great pic Charibdys!

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mmercedesmom
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Post   » Mon May 16, 2011 2:44 am


Sasquatch
Early 2010, rescued by Wee Companions
Escondido Humane Society, Escondido, California
Last weight, months ago, I believe was 2200 grams (4 lbs. 13 oz)
Caramel and white Abyssinian mix

Feet double sized with 6 toes on each front foot, 5 toes on each back foot.

Extremely skittish when arrived, chose his forever mom (a volunteer) and totally relaxes when she holds him.

Had some foot issues upon arrival, likely poor husbandry. We had him neutered because we had NEVER seen anything like him and didn't want anyone to ever have chance to breed him.

Pictures of feet, taken March 2010

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Photo taken July 7, 2010 sitting next to a normal sized female (900-1000 grams).
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Lynx
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Post   » Mon May 16, 2011 11:39 am


mmercedesmom, can I add your pics to this thread? I'd also like to include a couple on one of the foot pages with clear information that this is a genetic abnormality. I don't want pet stores trying to sell this kind of guinea pig!

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mmercedesmom
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Post   » Mon May 16, 2011 12:19 pm


Of course, Lynx, use whichever ones you would like. I have a few more of his front feet in the same Picasa album online too.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon May 16, 2011 2:30 pm


More pics could be helpful. If you have a link to your album you want to post or email me, that would be great.

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Zalida

Post   » Mon May 16, 2011 3:57 pm


I'd really appreciate if someone has a good picture whereof you can see the size difference between a normal guinea pig and a cuy. Even happier I'd be if I can use it in my "basic guinea pig info for vets"-product.

Debs4Pigs

Post   » Mon May 16, 2011 4:39 pm


I have a couple. I don't know if they would work. One is in the first page Cuy gaining weight and another is in Show your cage 4 the last page.

moonfall

Post   » Mon May 16, 2011 9:29 pm


How do you determine if you have a cuy or just a fat/long "normal" guinea pig?

Charybdis

Post   » Mon May 16, 2011 9:51 pm


These Cuy are about twice the size of normal guinea pigs. Many of them have extra toes. Most are really not tame. They usually have large feet and ears. Once you have seen a couple they become easy to distinguish.

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mmercedesmom
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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 2:04 am


We have debated it some with several. Especially considering that if breeders are continuing to use these cuys, they will cross them with normal sized pigs too. The full cuy ones are easy to distinguish, like Chary said. I have more pics coming soon and wanted to note that the Sasquatch "foot" pictures above were taken by Djakarta when this guy was only 900 grams. Just a baby, really. LOL
The one in the donut bed with Star was taken 4 months later.

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mmercedesmom
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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 3:22 am


Tica & Illary, females

rescued 8/2010 by Wee Companions

They were abandoned in a Petco, had been up for adoption for 3 months at the time we took them in. Super skittish and had URI symptoms.

Last known weights Feb. 2011: T -1880 grams, I - 1750 grams

Red & white American.

No abnormalities.

Very hard to catch, even after months of intensive handling in foster care.

No known health problems once recovered from URI.

Transferred to Arizona's Piggie Poo Rescue and subsequently adopted.

These pics were when they first arrived and weighed "only" 1450-1500 grams. That is a 12 oz can of Coca Cola next to them for size reference.


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mmercedesmom
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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 3:35 am


Kalina, female
Rescued 11/2010 by Wee Companions
Surrendered by private party (I think)
Weight approx. 1475 grams as of 2/2011
Dark eyed white American with a touch of red on top of head.
No abnormalities noted.
Hard to catch, but settled once held. Better after intensive handling.
No known health problems

Adopted out as companion to a normal sized sow, February 2011.

Photo taken December 2010 next to an 850 gram adult Skinny sow.
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mmercedesmom
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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 3:53 am


Kiki, and two pups
Rescued approx. January 2011, by Wee Companions
Private party surrender, originally purchased at a Petco, along with "husband" who was also a cuy.
No weights known, but still growing.
Red & white American (Kiki, Kirk, Kellen)
No abnormalities
Skittish
No known health problems.
All 3 transferred to Arizona's Piggie Poo Rescue, April 2011.
Photos taken in a cuddle cup just 2 weeks after pups delivered.
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mmercedesmom
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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 4:03 am


Jem, female, born approx. May 2010
Rescued summer 2010 by Wee Companions
Kahoots (pet store) in Poway asked that we take her in because of her extreme skittish behavior and blindness.

Last known weight 1650-1675 grams.
Dark eyed white.
No known abnormalities
Extremely skittish, hard to catch and hard to hold. (Only likes Charybdis)
Blind or very limited sight.
Lives with me as Sanctuary pig with a neutered boar of mine.
Very hard to photograph! Photo with Charybdis holding Jem, at approx 6 months old. This is how we trim nails too, it's a two person job.

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Charybdis

Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 4:51 am


She is very strong and has a tendency to try to bolt suddenly. We should take some pictures of her feet on Wednesday (if we can get her to hold still).

Thanks so much, mmercedesmom.

LilIriDai

Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 6:05 am


How do you pronounce (cuy)? I've never heard of this before. Is it a genetic problem or are they being bread to get bigger piggies? Is it common?

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