The Judging for the Pet Cavy Show commences at 10am, and usually runs for over an hour, depending on numbers.
The pet carrier will come in handy right away your new piggy needs a dark, calm place to hide, since he or she is probably going to be a little scared of all the new sounds and smells. You will also need this container for vet visits and any trips in your car; a small cat/dog carrier is often perfect for a couple of bonded piggies. Place newspaper and/or a towel in it so your cavy can burrow and feel safe.
Longerhaired cavies will need to have their hair groomed with a brush/comb. Please make sure there is no knots or matts in the hair as this is unpleasant for your cavy, and also very important if you're entering the Pet Condition Class.
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The Patagonian cavy may be kept as a pet. They can be very social when raised and handled frequently by people. It is not uncommon for a cavy to learn to walk on a leash, and even be housebroken. In the wild, however, Patagonian cavies avoid human interaction. After your first show you must be a member of the club to continue showing in the Pet Cavy Shows, upon joining the HCC the $5 day membership is taken from the total of your chosen membership.A bottle baby cavy is very laid back and sweet. It will follow you around and allow petting and other interaction. They can be litter trained. I have never had one bite. If bottle raised they tend to suck on your fingers way past adulthood. They also make the cutest grunting type noise when happy and content.Ideally, as a pet you would want to be able to house one indoors and outdoors. Inside is best to let them run free. Since they are grazers they love going out and chomping grass. When I first started with cavy's I was told a 6 foot fence with a wire underground so they could not dig out. And the high fence because if need be they could jump that high. This would be a good set up for NON TAME and skittish cavyies. If a cavy is not well acclimated they WILL dig deep holes and attempt to build burrows. Mine have never dug any holes. They will scratch a little at the door when I am coming to there cage but have never attempted to get out by digging under the fence. I know of a lady who keeps hers in a 4 foot high livestock fencing. Her's are also very tame. Obviously the more room you can give them the better. 10x10 dog kennel would be a minimum set up but would work if the cavy was a part of your household and was let out on a leash etc. A fenced in backyard would be great for them but you want to make sure that yours is very social. I had 2 escape one day because I left the front door open. One was a rescue and very skittish and nervous and the other, Zacky, was very tame. I called for Zacky and he bounded up to me like a dog. The other we had to trap to get back.Our favorite online hay vendor is Small Pet Select. Use coupon code 'CavySpirit' to get for the best hay available at .You definitely want to get a bottle baby from GOOD stock. Preferably where the parents are tame. Between 7-8 weeks is ideal but if the cavy comes from a good home and is well socialized they adapt just fine when older also. Cavyies not bottle fed from real young make LOUSY pets. They are skittish, jump and usually not handleable. My experience has been that if the parents of the baby's are real wild you are more likely to have wild babies EVEN if bottle raised.