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Last updated: 15 Aug 96

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Cavy Lexicon

capybara   [Pg capibara, fr. Tupi] : a tailess largely aquatic South American rodent (Hydrochoerus capybara) often exceeding four feet in length.

cavy n,  pl  cavies [NL Cavia, genus name, from obsolete Portuguese cavia (now savia ), from Tupi sawiya  rat]  1 :  any of several short-tailed roughhaired South American rodents (family Caviidae); esp :  GUINEA PIG  2  :  any of several rodents related to the cavies.

guinea pig  1 :  a small stout-bodied short-eared nearly tailess domesticated rodent (Cavia cobaya ) often kept as a pet and widely used in biological research -- called also cavy.

pika n {Tungusic piika] : any of various short-eared small lagomorph mammals (family Ochotonidae) of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America that are related to the rabbits.

Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary ©1965
Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary ©1977

guinea pig n. 1. Any of various small, short-eared domesticated rodents of the genus Cavia , having variously colored hair and no visible tail.  They are widely kept as pets and often used as experimental animals.

pika n. Any of several small, tailless, furry mammals of the genus Ochotona of the mountains of North America and Eurasia, resembling guinea pigs but belonging to the order of lagomorphs that includes the hares and rabbits. Also called coney1, rock rabbit.

American Heritage Dictionary - Standard Edition

Babe Farms Salad BlendThis Babé Farms "Continential Salad Blend" [item#48757] is a favorite of Sundae and Wheeker. We purchase 1 lb. bags fresh every week at Price-Costco in Southern California. "The European style mix may contain any of the following seasonal ingredients:

  • Red Oak Leaf
  • Spinach
  • Lollo Rosso
  • Frisee
  • Baby Lettuce
  • Radicchio
  • Chervil."
The package is marked with a SELL BY DATE on the back and usually stays fresh in its resealable bag for only about a week. An absolutely fresh shipment will store for a good two weeks. For more information:
Babé Farms Consumer Affairs Department P.O. Box 347 Santa Maria, California 93456 USA Phone #: 1-800-648-6772
To view the bag in more detail:
select GIF, 168KB.

Guinea Pig Treat This treat contains a mixture of pelleted feed and seeds, including red milo, cracked corn, sunflower seeds, barley, oats, and wheat. The inner bags are vacuum sealed for freshness. After opening, the unused portion should be refrigerated to retain freshness and prevent spoilage. Sundae and Wheeker especially like the sunflower seeds in the mixture, but will eat most of it except for the cracked corn.

Avant Guinea Pig Treat is distributed by: Avant Sales of Mansfield, MA 02048 and is manufactured in Canada. We purchase a 9 oz. box at Wal-Mart for about $1.25.

Supreme Guinea Pig Mix This pelleted feed are our cavies' favorite staple. It seems to be available in every pet store in the southern california area. The feed is a mix of two types of pellets sprinkled with rolled oat groats and barley. The green pellets are standard alfalfa meal based while the tan pellets are high protein supplements. Sundae (and Chocolate) especially love to dig through the bowl and eat up all the tan pellets and rolled oat groats.

Supreme Guinea Pig Mix is manufactured by: Kaytee Products, Inc., of Chilton, WI 53014 & Rialto, CA 92376. We buy the 5 lbs. bags for about $3. The packages do not seem to be stamped with a mill date.

Mazuri Guinea Pig Diet - 5664This plain milled feed is the newest addition (3/96) to our cavies' diet. Keep in touch with future editions of the "Cavy Chronicles" to see if Sundae and Wheeker will continue to eat these pellets, day in and day out.

Mazuri Guinea Pig Diet - 5664 is produced as 5/32" diameter x 1/8" length pellets in 25 lb. paper bags.

For more information about Mazuri Guinea Pig Diet, call 1-800-227-8941. Their guinea pig literature, "SP 1769 B Guinea Pig Pet Information Guide", is available from:

PMI Feeds, Inc.
1401 S. Hanley Road
St. Louis, MO 63144

Owner's update: after a few weeks, it seems that Sundae and Wheeker have grown tired of these pellets. We'll start mixing more of these pellets to the rest of their staples to see if they regain their appetite for Mazuri. May 96.


Cavy Capitol of California

Late in July, we were fortunate enough to attend our first cavy show held in Rancho Bernardo, California. Though we only spent a hour or so talking with breeders and visiting with all the beautiful cavies, we walked awayed thrilled to see so many happy buddies. In fact, we were so impressed with all the people we met at the show, that before we left, we joined Cavy Capitol of California (CCC), who sponsored the show with their motto: "to promote, encourage & educate."

Now, as a fellow CCC member, we too have followed their motto in bringing the Cavy Chronicles to the Net. For CCC club information please call: (619) 562-1250 or (619) 448-7925. In the coming weeks and months, we will publish some of the informational materials from the club.

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