Guinea Pig Noises

guinea-pig-noisesUnlike most animals, guinea pigs have very endearing sounds and they all mean different things. It is important to understand what your guinea pig is saying so that you can determine whether they are happy, sad, stressed or upset. Or perhaps something is wrong and you need to get it checked over by the vet. Guinea pig noises are basically- wheeking, burbling, rumbling, teeth chattering and in very rare cases, chirping.





Wheeking

Every guinea pig owner knows the demanding sound of a guinea pig squeaking for his tea! Most guinea pigs will learn when it is veggie time and start wheeking very loudly for food.

This noise is used mainly to get the “human slave’s” attention, or to call out to other guinea pigs in the room. It is the loudest out of all the sounds that you will hear from your guinea pig.


Burbling

Otherwise known as purring. Guinea pigs make this low, contented burble when they are especially happy or relaxed.


Rumblestrutting

Rumblestrutting is a dominance behavior involving the swaying of the hips, stiffening, and a vibrating noise.


Teeth Chattering

When guinea pigs are angry or annoyed, they chatter their teeth! Two or more pigs that don’t get along may both chatter at each other before a fight.


Chirping

Chirping sounds exactly like a bird and is a very rare sound that can’t be heard very often. In fact, it is so rare that many people get a shock when they hear it for the first time. I thought there was a bird in the room when I first heard it! Nobody knows exactly why some guinea pigs do this, perhaps they are extremely happy!guinea-pig-noises-1

 

 

Now you know what your guinea pigs are saying!

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Guinea Pig Noises

  • August 31, 2016 at 5:48 am
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    Oh my gosh, I love this post. I have had several guinea pigs in the past and listening to all these vocal behavior brought back so many found members. I loved to here my pigs talking to me. I also miss seeing that plastic ball we would put them to get them out of the cage and explorer their surroundings.

    If it wasn’t for the fact of having six cats, I would probably have another little ball of love again.

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    • August 31, 2016 at 9:03 am
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      Thank you so much for your comment Suzette! Guinea pig noises are the cutest ever! Unfortunately pet stores do sell plastic balls for guinea pigs but they are actually very dangerous because a guinea pigs spine can’t bend backwards like mice and rats do. They often end up with spinal problems and can damage their backs ๐Ÿ™
      Disregarding that note! I’m amazed that your piggies used the ball! They often just sit there are don’t know what to do! Thats so cool that they enjoyed exploring in it! We owned rats once and they just loved running across the kitchen floor in their ball, but mostly just sat there and looked confused!

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  • November 1, 2016 at 6:18 am
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    Hi Emma, absolutely lovely post! When I was a child (many years ago!) we had guinea pigs and I absolutely loved them. Love all the different sounds…it made me reminisce! Great website!

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    • November 1, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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      They are gorgeous aren’t they! Thank you!

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  • November 1, 2016 at 12:35 pm
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    This is a great guide to the sounds they are making! Do you find your guinea pigs are very expressive? My friends guinea pig always thinks my finger is a carrot and tries to bite it! But he’s not making the angry or dominant sound so I don’t think its because he dislikes me. haha A bit off topic, but do you have any ways that would stop him from doing that? Or should I just be more careful?

    Anyway, I like your website that you have here! Some great info!!
    Sam

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    • November 1, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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      Haha my guinea pigs sometimes do that too! Do you have food smells on your finger? It certainly isn’t because he dislikes you! Quite the opposite! Be honored that you have been mistaken for food! ๐Ÿ˜‰ To prevent him from mistaking your finger for food, rub a little bit of disinfectant on your finger and then allow your friends guinea pig to smell it! I bet he will not think it is a carrot if it smells so awful!!!!
      Thanks
      -Emma

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