NYS 4-H Youth Development Program

Department of Animal Science

Youth Cavy Program


Cavy Project Record Book

This rapidly growing program is appropriate for all 4-H members from age 5 to 19 and from the inner city to the most remote rural areas. Cavies now have their own show and contests at the State Fair.

Recommended Readings:

Cavy Resource Handbook: A 4-H Guide to Guinea Pigs

Your Guinea Pig. A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing by Wanda L. Curran, A Storey Publishing Book, available directly from publisher or Amazon.com - www.amazon.com/Your-Guinea-Pig-Raising-Showing/dp/0882668897

Diseases of Domestic Guinea Pigs, second edition by V.C.G. Richardson, Library of Veterinary Science. Distributor, Blackwell Science Inc., Commerce Place, 350 Main Street Malden, MA 02148 5018. Can be ordered from the Cornell Campus Store

We are reviewing the literature for a useful handbook to recommend to New York 4H members. What is your favorite? Let us know by email to:


Here are more internet sources of useful cavy information, gathered by 4H leaders in preparation for Animal Crackers workshops:

Seagull's Guinea Pig Compendium

Cavie Health Care

American Cavy Breeders Association

NYS Cavy Fanciers