They will try and eat anything they like the smell of and gets the approval of their nostrils. Unfortunately sometimes this can lead to some unfortunately things being eaten that shouldn’t be eaten, if we are not careful.
They are well capable of eating things that aren’t designed to be eaten by guinea pigs. So if this happens….
Can guinea pigs choke?
Yes they can choke on things. It is not a good idea to give them food which is hard for them to digest or chew as they can easily choke on it.
It is hard to know what to do if your piggie starts to choke, but with a bit of knowledge you can help your guinea pig in this kind of situation.
Sometimes, its a case of their food not being digested properly and they can easily recover, such as in this situation.
However, there may be a situation where matters deteriorate and they need further help to help them in this situation. Unfortunately, this situation does happen and a little bit of knowledge of this situation can be really helpful.
Here is a great post to help your piggie if they are choking. It is regarding choking rabbits and the Heimlich Maneuver, however this can be transferred to guinea pigs in this situation.
I often see them trying to clamber up the side of their cage when they know food is one the way, or leaping across the ground towards something in particular. I have seen them jump and occasionally popcorn.
So can guinea pigs do tricks?
Yes they can do tricks. They are well capable of doing tricks and being taught them. You just have to know how to teach them and have the patience to help them along.
If you spend time getting to know your guinea pig, helping them get to know you. Helping them to become tamer and more familiar and trusting with you, you can train them to do tricks.
Do bear in mind that they are intelligent creatures and can be trained to follow simple commands so as to do things like tricks.
To make sure that everything goes okay, ensure that you look after your guinea pig well and make sure that they are happy and content in their everyday life.
Each guinea pig is different and unique in their own way. It may be that your guinea pig takes that bit longer to catch on to what you are doing and trying to teach them.
This is why its important to keep being patient with them.
Positive reinforcement is a good thing to use with them and then with patience and understanding, they will gradually be able to follow some basic commands and then over time some more advance commands as well.
Check out these tricks you can train your guinea pig to do;
Guinea pigs are creatures that sure do enlist emotions from us as owners.
They are animals who have been known to help people overcome problems such as anxiety and depression because of their calm nature.
Owners have been know to take them into psychiatric hospitals to show them people to help their mental health improve such is their nature. Indeed it has become a more recognised treatment to present suitable animals to patients to help with their therapy. See here
But when it comes to their own nature and emotions, what do guinea pigs feel?
Can guinea pigs feel emotions?
Yes they do have the ability to feel emotions. Guinea pigs are very sensitive creatures and feel the emotions of their pack leader or their owner.
So if their owner is feeling sad, they will pick up on it. If their owner is happy they will pick up on that as well.
It does depend though on how much time the owner spends with the guinea pig.
If the owner spends a lot of time with the guinea pig, then the piggie is more likely to pick up on the emotions of the owner.
Guinea pigs are affectionate and emotive creatures who are very sensitive to their environment.
Their ability to sense what is going on in their environment has helped them become who they are today.
As predator animals they know their surroundings, the sounds and the smells and what they see.
As social creatures, they sense what is going on with each other and if you have had piggies for any length of time, you will know that they have a good way of communicating with each other.
Piggies have an ability to feel happy and sad, angry and agitated, although they hide their feelings very well.
But what about the other things that we can do to express our feelings, such as crying?
Can guinea pigs cry at all?
Yes they can cry, but not in the way that a human would. Instead their cry sounds totally different.
A guinea pig’s cry is very intense squeaks like below.
In fact, it’s more like a shriek as it is very sharp and high pitched. They often let out this shriek if they are in pain such as if they have been held roughly, been pinched, or been bitten by a cage mate for example.
They also shriek when trying to warn a fellow piggy of an impending danger or if they are warning them to back off if they are fighting. It’s a sound that is made out of fear and panic more than aggression.
Shrieking can also mean an alarm call. Young guinea pigs calling to their mother or a piggy calling to a cage mate. This can happen if a guinea pigs cage mate is out of the cage or they have been seperated for whatever reason.
Guinea pigs are quite non-confrontational and so they would rather be left alone than be engaged in a fight.