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DIET
EVERY CAVY NEEDS DAILY...
 
FRESH COLD WATER in a drop or sippy bottle and this needs to be changed daily. Do not add Vitamins or medicines to the water.
 
VITAMIN C Cavies cannot manufacture their own Vitamin C and require 10 to 30mg daily to prevent scurvy. Supply fresh green vegetables and other vegetables high in Vitamin C everyday, to prevent scurvy.
 
GRASS should form a major part of your cavies diet, though you need to ensure that it has not been exposed to chemicals or been soiled on by other animals including cats and dogs.
 
DRY MIX Your cavy should always have access to a good quality dry mix that is high in fiber and consists of specially formulated pellets for guinea pigs. Store your dry mix or pellet mix in a cool, dry, dark place to preserve the potencey of Vitamin C in your pellets.
 
HAY To keep your cavies digestive system running smoothly, and give their teeth a work out (prevent over growth) offer your cavy a daily supply of grassy hay or barley hay.
 
VEGETABLES/FRUIT Serve small amounts of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables to your cavy every day.
Some commonly fed vegetables are: Carrot, Pumpkin, Cauliflower & Broccoli leaves, Cucumber, Celery, Parsley, Capsicum (but not the seeds) & Corn (Including husk and silts)
Some commonly feed fruits are:
Apples (not too much as apples are high in sugar), Tomato (not the leaves) Oranges, Water and Rock Melon, Banana, including the skins, Kiwi Fruit and Strawberries - which are high in Vitamin C. In summer, why not freeze them before offering them to your cavy. They will love it!
 
DO NOT FEED:
Potato, Rubarb, Avacado, Onions, Garlic, Cloves, Spring Onions and ANYTHING that grows from a bulb and/or dairy products.
 
IF IN DOUBT, LEAVE IT OUT
 
HOUSING
 Bigger is Better... A larger hutch or run usually requires less frequent cleaning and provides space for your cavy to exercise and also to have time away from cage mates.  The hutch or run should be designed to keep your cavy in and preditors out.
The minimum size required per cavy is 1sq foot. This is also a good guide as to deciding on the number of cavies you want to keep. It is not recommended that you keep your cavy in fish tanks or plastic tubs as they offer little to no air circulation and isolate your cavy from its surroundings. It is also not reccomended to house your cavy outside in direct sunlight or left exposed to the elements. If you have a lawn run, please ensure that the run is well shaded and there is a constant supply of fresh water. Through the hotter months, put a frozen bottle of water in the cage or run for the cavies to lay on or near to keep them cool. Cavies cannot cope with temperatures above 30 degrees and can die or become quite ill if exposed to these high, hot temperatures, for as little as 10 to 15 minutes.
 
BEDDING
 There are many materials that you can use for bedding, the most important thing when considering which bedding will suit, is what to use for absorbancy.
 
Wood Shavings - avoid Ceder shavings as these can harm your cavies lungs. Ideally use pine woodshavings that have had the dust extracted.
 
Pelletised recycled newspaper- this is especially useful if you have long hair cavies as it is less likly to get entangled in their hair.
 
Hay- grassy hay or barley hay is the best for bedding and it is suggested you lay newspaper or use woodshavings under the hay to help with absorbency.
 
Newspaper - can be used on its own but is better when used under any other the above suggested types of bedding, as paper on its' own will need to be replaced daily and you may find that your cavy will eat the paper, which isn't very good for their digestive system.
 
Usually owners use what is most convenient for them. Cleaning of cages should be done at least weekly.
 
HEALTH
VITAMIN C Symptoms of Vitamin C definciency include: hopping accopmpanied by sore and swollen joints. At the first signs of symptoms, give Vitamin C orally in the form of Ribena, Rosehip syrup or Redoxan Tablets dissolved in water.
 
TEETH A cavy's teeth are always growing. To prevent dental problems, provide your cavy with lots of things to chew on, including hard foods such as pumpkin, apples, carrots and lucerne cubes.
 
HEAT If your cavy is kept outdoors, you must offer a constant supply of shade. If you notice your cavy becoming over heated, give it a bath in water at room temperature and perhaps offer an oscillating fan to provide air movement. Use frozen ice bricks during summer as a way of keeping your cavies cool. (These MUST be filled with a non toxic liquid - water is preferable)
 
SEXING
Sexing or your cavy can be done at any age. Turn the cavy over onto its back, remembering to support its' weight with the palm of one hand. In both sexes the anus is closely located to the genitalia. If you wish, gently apply pressure just above the males sex organs, this will extrude the penis.
Generally, male genitalia looks circular like an I, and a female more like a Y.
See Picture Below:
 
 
SHOWING CAVIES
 
Most Clubs in Queensland cater for people showing all types of cavies. Email your local club for their schedule of classes, usually no matter what type of cavy you have, you will be able to enter it in more than one class.
 
PET CLASSES:
These are for cavies of mixed parentage and are not bred to meet a Breed Standard.
 
PET SHOW REQUIREMENTS
  • You must wash your cavy
  • Your cavy must be in good health
  • No signs of running lice or static mites
  • Toenails must be trimmed
  • Must be in good condition - You should not be able to see/feel ribs or hip bones
 
FANCY BREEDS:
To show in the 'fancy,' cavies must meet all of the basic criteria above, as with pets, however; they must also meet the various requirements of their BREED STANDARD as per ANCC Standards.
 
BREEDS OF FANCY CAVY:
There are over 50 breeds of cavy currently recognised in Australia. Each is separated into Groups acording to their dominant characteristics:
  • SATIN GROUP
  • SELF GROUP
  • CRESTED GROUP
  • MARKED GROUP
  • TICKED GROUP
  • ROUGH COAT GROUP
  • LONGHAIR GROUP
 
For a detailed list of the breeds and BREED STANDARDS please see the
ANCC Standards Book
 
Ipswich Cavy Club was established in March 2012 and holds monthly shows on the 3rd Sunday of the month, February through to November excluding August.
Shows are a friendly environment filled with like minded people and we would all love for you to join us. We actually suggest coming to view a show or two before you actually begin showing your animal. If you think you will enjoy showing we would suggest joining a club.
 
There are several clubs around the Brisbane area:
Brisbane Cavy Fanciers (BCF)
Held the 1st Sunday of the month - Redcliffe
 
Bayside Cavy Club
Held the 2nd Sunday of the month - Gumdale
 
Ipswich Cavy Club
Held the 3rd Sunday of the month - Ipswich
 
Sunshine Coast Cavy Club
Held the 3rd Sunday of the month
 
Cavy Owners and Breeders Society(COBS)
Held the 4th Sunday of the month - Beenleigh
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