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    Cuy Showdown

    Tomorrow I am going to volunteer in a fundraiser event "Cuy Showdown" hosted by two Guinea Pig Rescue (Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue and San Diego Wee Companions). Each rescue has adopted out a cuy and both will be coming together and will be measured in length, height, and weight. There will be raffle prizes, adoptable piggies to prescreened candidates and many more activities.

    This event is to raise awareness in California's Cuy problem of being bred and sold into pet stores.

    I will be wearing this t-shirt Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    Awh! As a cuy owner myself I think this is a good idea. Let us know who the biggest cuy is!

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    Interesting. Cuy are also quite prevalent in Oregon, too. I just got three males from a Petsmart up here a couple weeks ago and a few months before that there were several at a Petsmart a few miles from me. The same breeder/supplier who stocks many of California's Petcos also sells to Petsmarts up here, too.

    I've had several over the years, the largest weighing 7.5 lbs (sadly, he did not live long). I have such an affinity for them, but their entire lives seem so sad to me because they are so afraid of so many things all the time. Even with extensive handling and work, they are often just seemingly terrorized by the simplest things ... I can't imagine who thought it was a good idea to breed them into what is supposed to be a "pet" market. They are also snarky, snippy pigs as cagemates in many cases so they can be hard to pair up. Sad!

    My profile pic is my favorite pig of all time, a cuy named Pigfoot, who is a senior around 6 now and his "senior" weight is down to 5.5 lbs.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    Very cool! I think one of my piggies might be a cuy. How much i know, she is about 5 months and is already double bigger than her cagemate, who is almost the same age. She is also much more shy and squeels, when I pick her up (unless I pick her up in a hidey or a bag), but she is getting a bit more tame, although slowly. And she looks very similar to the one on your t-shirt.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    What a unique event! Please let us know how it goes.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    Here is a video of the Cuy Show down, I would post my video but found this video to be 150% better then mine.
    @<b><a href="http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/member.php?u=31098" target="_blank">PiggleLove2013</a></b> @<b><a href="http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/member.php?u=24349" target="_blank">Agrimony</a></b> @<b><a href="http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/member.php?u=35108" target="_blank">Easefirst</a></b> @<b><a href="http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/member.php?u=7434" target="_blank">Paula</a></b>


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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    Great! Thanks for posting that.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    I find cuys fascinating, but from what I've read they're almost impossible to tame and develop a relationship with in the same way one can with a "normal" cavy because the prey animal mentality is even more deeply ingrained. Is that true?

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    @Dashmo, that is true. They're very skittish and incredibly fast and strong. They do NOT make good pets.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Dashmo View Post
    I find cuys fascinating, but from what I've read they're almost impossible to tame and develop a relationship with in the same way one can with a "normal" cavy because the prey animal mentality is even more deeply ingrained. Is that true?
    I can't talk from experience because I've never had a Cuy before, but their natural temperament is skittish and wild. They do not make great pets for first time owners, but for more experience guinea pig owners who are willing to patience with them.

    Are they trainable? According to my rescue...they are. It takes a lot of work and patience training cuys which the rescue is doing on a daily basis. They also have shorter lifespans.

    The two posted on video are tamed (because of training). The rescue has a cuy mascot which is very tamed, but they put a lot effort to train him.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    There's anecdotal evidence that they don't live nearly as long as regular pigs. I remember reading somewhere that the oldest recorded age for a cuy is about four.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    I have one big guy who is nearly 6, I've had him more than 5 years now. He is pretty calm with me because probably he realizes I'm not going to eat him after all this time. Initially he was wild but now he's an old man and about the sweetest senior pig I've ever had. I have others who are a bit frightening in their panic and terror.

    I think the majority of those we're finding in pet stores are a mix of actual cuy and our regular pet pigs and that might mean longer life spans and slightly smaller size for these guys.

    I've also recently learned there's a breeder here in OR that has imported some cuy pigs from South America and breeding and selling them as "Peru Giants" mainly to folks who want to use them as meat for small homesteading projects but also there are some buying them as pets and there seems to be quite a lot of demand for them so we'll be seeing them all over the country in no time, I'm sure.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    Ok so this girl is sitting here going "What is a Cuy?" so off to Google I go... The first images they are all on plates... NICE, I should have just further read the comments here before I traumatized myself. So I have ask, are they GPs but just bred actually for consumption?

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    Quote Originally Posted by AnnikasMommy View Post
    Ok so this girl is sitting here going "What is a Cuy?" so off to Google I go... The first images they are all on plates... NICE, I should have just further read the comments here before I traumatized myself. So I have ask, are they GPs but just bred actually for consumption?
    Yes. Just like cows and pigs and chickens in this country, only much more sustainable and with much less impact on the earth.
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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    Thank you @Paula I learn something new every day. BTW @CavieGuy I LOVE LOVE LOVE the shirt!!!

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    I contacted the lady at this rescue about my guinea pig Bear i sent her his measurements and pictures and she said that he is definitely half cuy!!!!! She also said that they have seen dalmatian full cuys in CA, so his coloring has nothing to do with him being a cuy or not. I was super surprised that he was half, i had my suspicions but i thought he was just big.... She said that half cuys are more and more common now. She was also surprised that i got him in Oregon. This is him if your curious....


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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    If they're a rescue and presumably taking in rescue pigs, I don't know how she could be certain any pig is "full" anything, cuy or not, and I wonder if they'd consider some of my chunky boys who are 3.5-4 lbs cuys too just based on their size. Those in South America are specifically red and white so that (disturbing as this is) their skin is lighter and more appealing when they're served as meat. As for the surprise on them being in Oregon, the big pigs have been in Oregon for a while now, as I mentioned I have had one over five years and have had and have several others too. I also know they are as far north as Seattle and like I said in a previous post, with the breeder here in OR shipping them out all over the country now, within a year or two, I think we'll be seeing them all over the country, not just the west coast.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    For those who have Cuys, can you please fill this out:

    http://www.laguineapigrescue.com/cuy...sightings.html

    My rescue is tracking where they are being sold and trying to stop PetSmart and PetCo from selling them.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    Our rescue has taken in quite a few cuy over the past four years. Most are very skittish and don't make cuddly pets.

    One of of our most recent cuy to arrive is Maxwell. He weighs in at over 6 pounds and has totally changed my mind of what they're capable of.. He's a total sweetheart and even sits up on his back legs to beg for treats. He's not crazy about being picked up but I don't blame him because it's pretty awkward picking up a 6 pound piggy. Once in your lap, he's a very cuddly boy. And he's been extremely gentle with Wayne, our piggy who had both eyes removed to glaucoma.

    just to remind me though that he's the exception and not the rule, our most recent arrival is a very skittish pregnant girl who I think is at least part cuy. We'll see when she's done growing.

    The Southern California rescues have been doing a great job with the cuy and their issues. They deserve a out of praise for trying help address the problem instead of ignoring it.

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    Re: Cuy Showdown

    I am not quite sure, that my Lola Ease is a cuy, she is about 6 months old, and she weighs 3 pounds and 5 ounces (my other one Queenie Joy at about the same age weighs 2 pounds and 1 ounce.) However Lola is much longer too and she has much larger facial features. She has very similar markings to Hercules. And I got her from craigslist (those people had them for 2 months, and they got them from other people, who most likely bought them from the store. It wouldn't be easy to track down. How long do piggies grow? Maybe she is also a mix of the cuy with regular piggies?

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