Patagonian Cavy: What You Need To Know About This Docile Exotic Pet
The Patagonian cavy is one of the more docile exotic pets. Cavies are not rude animals. They don't mind being petted. They can be quite affectionate with their owners. Despite their large teeth, they are not known as biters. Patagonia cavies are considered rodents like hamsters and gerbils. They are privately owned as pets. Only Connecticut lists a "Patagonian mara" by name as being legal to own in the state. Some states require a game breeder's license if you own more than one. Patagonsian Cavy Behavior and Temperament . Cavies live in communities similar to prairie dog towns. Because of their urge to burrow, they will also try to dig holes through flooring or furniture in your house. This behavior, plus the fact that they love to chew things, means that cavies should not be left unsupervised. Cavie are expert diggers. They need 24-hour access to live cattle. Dark, leafy greens (collards, dandelion leaves, parsley, kale) and fresh grass make up the bulk of their diet. Like guinea pigs, they need supplemental vitamin C. Cavied animals are prone to dental issues like overbites and mouth deformities due to overgrown teeth. They also can also be susceptible to heart and gastrointestinal problems. Make sure your animal has an annual health check by an exotic pet vet. This includes fecal screening to look for intestinal parasites. Some cavy owners report success with the dog training used for dogs. Like cats, you might be able to train your cavy to use a litter box or even a cat litter box . Cavied do require a great deal of attention, and a very secure enclosure. The cost of a cavy can range from $200 to $300. Buy your cavies from a certified breeder. Most cavies will be sold as babies. They will need to be bottle-raised from the start. If you raise a Cavy from a baby or adopt a well-socialized adult, it's likely that your pet will enjoy being touched. . . .