- Catie Cavy
- Supporter 2011-2019
ETA: I just saw a post by CavyHouse on another thread. She stated:
"I've had a lot of luck too placing cuys with non-cuys. It did seem to calm a lot of them."
Nippa, female, almost five and a half years old.
Adopted October 31st, 2015, but originally purchased from Petsmart in 2013.
Weighs 3.5 lbs.
Dark eyed tricolor - orange, white, and dark brown.
No abnormalities that I know of.
She is actually very sweet! I've seen her grooming her cagemates before, and she is very cuddly once you pick her up. However, if she's made up her mind that she's not coming out for lap time, it's a real struggle to pry her out.
As far as I know she doesn't have any health problems, although I have noticed her wheezing sometimes when she's picked up. (I always attributed that to her being slightly overweight, but perhaps it's a genetic thing.)
Of course, I don't really know for sure if she's part cuy, but she surely looks the part, and I've never had any of the other pigs jump like she does. I have a small cage that I put them in when I clean the big one, and I've left the lid off before only to turn around and find her halfway across the room.
They are generally sweet natured and gentle, just as any other guinea pig, but they are much more skittish and very, very hard to catch. They are not particularly jumpy, but big, strong and once they learned to escape their C&C by pushing the grids, they are practically imposible to keep inside the cage.
My friend is fostering now young regular cavies and calls them hamsters, and mine are playfully called ponies :).