12 Common Guinea Pig Behaviors And Their Meanings

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Saifullah Ashrafi
by Saifullah Ashrafi on {date}

Their superfluous cuddles are a misleading clue as guinea pigs are a variety of personalities. For this type of animal, it is critical to have a connection with the other creature or their people, and they enjoy being friends with the others. On the other hand using body language, proximity, conversation, or even a walk, one can comprehend the attitude of an animal. 

As a result, we can open up our minds and soul to their own words, jumps, and body language, thus allowing us to give them the best care and the chance to develop an even stronger bond with them. Concurrently, in this guide we will look into the 12 most common guinea pig behaviors, giving the possibility to decode the meaning behind their astonishing deeds.

1. Popcorning Behavior of Guinea Pigs


Have you ever been excited, like your guinea pig, and once in the air, it startled a happy chirp? That’s called Popcorning! They vent these moods with an energized jump that consists of twists and turns which is their way of experiencing pure happiness. They also fall prey to the eager mode when the pet feels extra vigorous, getting ready for games or receiving a delicious meal. 

Otherwise, they may just be simply happy in their environment. In the future, just in case you see this on the shelves, this is like a smiley face and a happy weigh-in for a pork. 

2. Guinea Pig Purring/Rumbling Behavior


A happy noise which sometimes sounds like purring is more often seen in a fit guinea pig. It exacts this very same meaning at times of tranquility and contentment, usually during the gentle brushing of a hand or when munching on a favorite food. 

Nevertheless, the episodes of purring can also be a symptom of the disease, as lethargy or hunching are some of the usual accompanying signs of the disease. In case you are confused about what the purring is about then watch their activities closely and go to the pet doctor in case you have worries.

3. Freezing Behavior of Guinea Pigs


If your guinea pig seemingly stops in the middle of its squeal and looks at you frozen in place, you might consider it reacting either in fear or confusion. This may happen due to some loud sound, some unknown individual, or even any sudden movement. In their natural habitat, guinea pigs are pulses. 

Therefore, they use blanking or blending as a strategy to avoid danger. The main rule is to “mind your surroundings”.  Recognize your environment. If you discover them immobile while you are picking them up for playtime, it’s unlike the situations that arise during vacuum cleaning.

4. Guinea Pig Teeth Chattering Communication


Actually that seemingly harmless clicking sound coming from your guinea pig is not something that you just hear and smile about. When sharks are puzzled by their surroundings or even show aggression, twelve tiny managers that are called teeth become the way they communicate. This dramatic vision is usually paired with the hunched-up posture that puts your hair on edge and therefore ends up making it seem larger than they are. 

They can use it quite efficiently to express “sorry but not now” or “I am not ok with this, like a strange situation or another guinea pig going into my zone”. 

5. Guinea Pig Excited Wheeking Sounds


Wheek is a kind of chattering noise that a guinea pig makes the most. To understand what your weeK! is communicating, you might want to have a little fun of it. The range of them depending on the environment can be as wide as the number of different emotions for them. A chirpy wheek will be the first sound that you hear as you walk towards their rat run, while you might feel a longer and more desperate wheek as their way of asking for a sweet treat. 

They, typically, peep while playing or probably wheek out of fear if they feel fright, imitated by others. By noticing the body language and the situation that they’re in, you would be so smart in how to understand the language that your guinea pig uses to talk to you.

6. Chattering Teeth Behavior of Guinea Pigs


Guinea pigs usually share their well-developed ability to click teeth. Keep in mind that the two modes of clicking are different. This growl that we have to mention may be followed by very gentle teeth chattering which can be heard only at very low noises. This could even indicate satisfaction or being at peace with one’s self as one rests safely. But the teeth chattering we’re dealing with now is rather a very shrieky instance. 

It is fast stomping of the teeth and sometimes, accompanied by a chuffed-out posture and a frown. This is a thud film as the announcing of a clear warning or a more serious threat. Unlike the moderate conversation, this sound indicates that they are imminent defense, so are completely dangerous and prepare.

7. Guinea Pig Whining for Attention

Guinea pigs Whining for Attention in the room

The happiest wheelchairs even when they are not happy express this excitement in the form of a whine. Though sometimes this can also show unhappiness. In contrast to the short, fast week, a whine is rather a drawn-out, often higher-pitched sound. If he is submissive then it’s sometimes called the “please” position in which the guinea pig shows that he is angry or that he is in pain.

 If there is whining, the first thing that you do is to look out for any symptoms. You can do this by holding the guinea pig in your arms and softly observing for any sign of injury or sickness. Attentively look for back curving, appetite loss, or deployment issues. Locating health issues at an early age and, a possible trip to the vet, can save your four-legged pet’s life.

8. Guinea Pig Social Grooming Behavior


The neat squirms are a routine experience for sure when you raise guinea pigs. Nevertheless, hair deserves more than just efforts to clean it up for the cleanliness. Furthermore, it is similar to contentment and signifies bonding. People who spend time adjusting their hair and clothes while grooming themselves often feel serene and calm. 

But even more touching, they might accept you as part of their team by grooming you. ‘Chewing on fingernails. ‘ or ‘light brushing on the hand’ is their loving way of praying for your wellbeing and an intimate act of bonding.

9. Guinea Pig Affectionate Licking Behavior


Believe it or not, those prickly things that feel like sandpaper are tongues. Comfortable, calm, and happy.  She’s your guinea pig showing her affection. Licking, to some extent, is an important medium for them to indicate themselves. This way, it might be a consequence of the socialization of the CILs, which makes them realize that you’re a part of those people in their social circle. Most importantly, it signifies trust among the two individuals. 

Allowing you to get as close as possible to the tongue, is their way of “showcasing” that they feel secure and comfortable in your company. Indeed, why you will next time, your guinea pig will send you a kiss (also it can be a lick) take into consideration these as a great sign of their love and affection.

10. Guinea Pig Standing Alertly Up


Surely, while their small legs may not appear so important to us, guinea pigs can indeed stand on their rear legs abruptly, and the reason is none other than curiosity! If your pet pal, by any chance, is standing erect, it usually means that he is trying to look straight to view something better. 

Whether a pacifying snack is within their reach or a mesmerizing sound has caught their interest, these sensory elements are often the culprits behind the back-and-forth movement of little creatures. It’s also conceivable that bipedalism was acquired for better observation of the environment by looking around and studying whatever unusually caught their attention.

11. Hiding Behavior of Guinea Pigs

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As a prey animal by nature, the negligence of a guinea pig is expected to seek a nice place to hide if danger is seen or when stressed. They could be scared by loud noises, new and unfamiliar humans, or change of the cage. When noticing that your guinea pig goes into hiding regularly, your task is to find and cure the source of fear. 

Make sure you equip their space with soft hiding houses or caves where they can feel enclosed and cozy. It is noteworthy that tranquility and quietness can bring a great amount of peace to your pet that will make him or her comfortable and self-assured.

12. Guinea Pig Begging for Treats


They shy away from making a big fuss, but when they gently tap you with their nose, you know something is on their mind. ‘What do you mean?’ he asks staring at his guinea pig shamelessly (literally or figuratively?!) begging for food or sharing it with other guinea pigs. Horses are avid beggars, who would do anything to gain easy access to their best (hay). However, it is important not to be confused by manipulative techniques of begging into thinking that there is a real food shortage. 

During their overwhelming cuteness, they should be trained with treats, whilst in the long run, it is not easy to give in to every cute plead. If you comprehend their begging tactics, then you know what kind of foods to give to your canine friend so that it remains healthy and happy without you providing too much food.

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