One of wonderful, and not to mention interesting things that owners can appreciate when they have a cavy as a pet, is learning the sounds of guinea pigs and what they mean.
Guinea pigs have a range of squeaks, squeals, grunts, purrs, and coos which enable them to express themselves. As you get to know more about your guinea pig, you become more used to the sounds of guinea pigs and what they mean.
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The sounds of guinea pigs
High pitched squeals from pups
A young guinea pig pup will give out squeaks that are high-pitched that let the mother know that they want attention from her.
When adult cavies are together, male and females may coo to each other which is a sign of affection.
Chattering of teeth
When adult males are together and there is a chattering of teeth, this means that there is a matter of hierarchy being discussed. It is a sign there is anger between the two. Something to bear in mind is that you shouldn’t put your hand in the cage when you hear chattering of teeth as you may get your hand bitten. If you feel you have to intervene, make sure you wear some protective gloves on your hands.
If a guinea pig is squealing when being handled then this means it is not being handled rightly, and it is being hurt in the process.
This is a shorter squeal but instead of a cry for help it is more of an excited anticipation often given out when they hear the owner coming or when they hear the rustling of a treat. This is often called wheaking as well.
This can be heard when the guinea pig is relaxed and enjoying itself. It is often heard when the owner is cuddling the guiena pig and showing affection. Guinea pig’s love being shown affection and will respond in kind with this purring sound, much like a cat.
Guinea pigs can often be heard snoring. However often it is a sign that the guinea pig may be suffering from an illness and so you should check with a vet as to the health of your guinea pig.
It sounds like a deep purr and is a sign that the guinea pig is angry about something.
This means that your guinea pig has been paralyzed with fear if you can hear no sounds from your guinea pig. This is a serious cause for concern if this occurs.
It is a strange feet of nature to hear a guinea pig sing, in fact of all the sounds of guinea pigs, this one is the weirdest!
It is said to be caused by the teeth rubbing together in a way that they don’t usually do.
During this unusual action, they are seen moving their jaws from side to side rather than the usual up and down movements.
When a guinea pig sings it is meant as a big warning to the other guinea pigs in the herd to run and hide.
If you have a guinea pig who is singing, it is worth removing the guinea pig from the pack until they stop singing.