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Urist likes cavies for their adorable call.

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 3

· Grazer · Breeding

Not hunting/war trainable 

Birth: 80 cm3
Mid: 400 cm3
Max: 800 cm3

Adult at: 1
Max age: 4-8
Butchering returns

Food items

Raw materials

Skull 1

Wikipedia article

This article is about the current version of DF.
A small rodent with no tail. It can be found roaming the grassland in herds. It has three toes on its hind feet.

Cavies are small domestic animals that can also be found roaming tropical plains. They are not usable as livestock as they are too small to be used in a meat industry - butchering them will only give a skull in return - and they are tied with rabbits and chinchillas as the least valuable pets in the game. Unclaimed tame cavies will require a pasture to survive, otherwise they will starve. The males of the species are known as boars, the females are sows, and the young are pups.

Cavies make excellent live-bait in place of cats if you want your bait to survive. They are quite agile and because of their small size, larger creatures such as forgotten beasts have trouble landing a proper attack on them, with many attacks simply glancing off because of force calculation overflow.

Cavies are more commonly known as guinea pigs, but they are never referred as such in Dwarf Fortress.

Some dwarves like cavies for their adorable call and their three toes.

Admired for its three toes.