I thought that I would share some photos of and information about my Patagonian cavy Benny, since a couple of people have asked about him.
This is Benny at three weeks old, barely a kilogram in weight:
And Benny at five weeks, over two kilograms:
He's almost six weeks old now! He's eating solid food (guinea pig chow, timothy hay, and a small amount of fruits and veggies), but it will still be another five weeks before he's fully weaned. I feed Benny milk every four hours during the day.
For a cavy, it's exhausting work playing with toys all day:
Benny is (mostly) housebroken already, and we're starting to work on harness training. He's a little shy around strangers, so it's going to be a few more weeks before he safely can go on walks in public. However, in the meantime, we're practising on the balcony:
Benny is turning into a fun, affectionate member of the family! He's a lot of work, however. Definitely not a pet for someone who works long hours or lacks patience. The care and habitat requirements are considerable compared to other rodents and rabbits. His enclosure takes up a fair portion of my spare bedroom, and it's likely not even his final habitat (depending on how large he is at adulthood; their weight range is 8-16 kilograms)
And yes... you can probably expect to see more cavy artwork popping up from time to time.