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Noises Produced by Guinea Pigs according to their Mood

Guinea Pigs Playing

Guinea pigs love to socialize, and the noises they make reflect their emotions. Some of the noises that Guinea Pigs make are

  • Whistling or Wheeking or squealing
  • Purring
  • Hissing
  • Chirping
  • Chutting
  • Rumbling
  • Teeth chattering
  • Complaining or moaning
  • Shrieking
  • Cooing
  • Sneezing
  • Breathing fast
  • Stomach noises

Whistling/Wheeking/Squealing

This sound indicates excitement, usually characterized by a high-pitched sound. You can often hear this sound when they are playing, eating food, and/or when they are around the people they like.

Purring

High-pitched purring means they are annoyed.
Short purring means they are afraid.
Contented guinea pigs will make low purring sounds.

Hissing

When they are upset about somethingor angry, they hiss. Guinea pigs are not aggressive, and they usually resort to fleeing when they feel there is danger. But sometimes, when they are in a very bad mood, they may hiss and act aggressively when you approach.

Chirping

“Chirping guinea pigs” sounds ridiculous, but they really can do it. It is recommended to have more than one guinea pig, and a group of them chirping will make you more aware of the phenomenon. When placed in groups and when they lost their partner, they chirp.

Chutting

Most people won’t recognize this sound, but a chutting noise is similar to frogs’ deep sound. When your guinea pig completes their routine, it gives them a feeling of peace, meaning they are happy.

Rumbling

Male guinea pigs produce this sound to attract a female guinea pig during mating season. If the female likes the male, she lets him near her.

Teeth Chattering

This sound is similar to hissing. Guinea pigs make this sound when they express aggression and are ready to fight. It’s best to back off when they make this sound.

Cute Guinea Pig

Complaining or Moaning

Guinea pigs spend most of their time in groups, but it exhausts them. When they make this sound, they indicate a need for alone time. It is not because they are sad; they just need to recharge themselves before going back in groups again.

Shrieking

Be attentive when your guinea pigs produce high-pitch shrieking sounds. This is because something is making them afraid – whether it be a predator or something unusual entirely. Check their body for any wounds and keep them safe by taking them indoors.

Cooing

This is a sound of love. When they love someone, they coo to show their affection. The more your pet grows fond of you, the more you will hear this when you approach.

Sneezing

Colds affect guinea pigs, so if they produce a high-pitched sneezing sound, they might be experiencing an illness. If it is because of a cold, take them to their veterinarian immediately. Symptoms include:

  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Heavy breathing
  • Coughing
  • Crackling sound from its chest
  • Half-closed eyes

Sneezing can also be an indication of an allergy. Avoid using deodorant, room fresheners, Aspen, and pine bedding around them, as these may trigger an allergic reaction. Dust also elicits sneezes.

Hyperventilating

Guinea pig’s heartbeat rates and breathing are higher than that of us humans. They breathe quietly and quickly, so if you notice a slight change, then it might be a sign of respiratory infections. Take them to the vet immediately.

Stomach Noises

This isn’t similar to the sound our stomachs make when we are hungry. For guinea pigs, it is because they produce more gas during digestion.

But sometimes, these sounds can be because of gastrointestinal tract issues. In that case, your pet can die if left untreated. Some of the symptoms of gastrointestinal issues include:

  • Bloated tummy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Hunching over
  • Constipation
  • Reduction in pooping
  • Poor fur condition

If your guinea pig has overgrown teeth,t is because of the lack of fiber content. This can cause a gastrointestinal problem called Gut Stasis. Take them to their veterinarian immediately and give them a lot of hay to chew.

Guinea Pigs Playing

Body Language

Guinea pigs can’t communicate the way humans do, so an important way to understand your pet is by observing their body language and knowing what these gestures mean. This includes the noises they make, too.

Freezing

If your pet refuses to move, then they are monitoring its surroundings. This usually occurs when they feelsomething unusual is present. Take a look around your guinea pigs’ playing area when this happens.

Sniffing

Sniffing is an indication of curiosity. They do this so they may know more about whoever they smell. 

Touching noses

When the guinea pigs touch each other’s noses, they are in love, and it is best not to separate them. They also rub their cheeks and sniff around their partner.

Strutting

Strutting occurs with male guinea pigs during mating season. This is done to attract females; when a male struts, he is giving the signal. BUT if you notice your guinea pig struts in the presence of their group, then they are angry.

Scent Marking

If your guinea pig rubs on you, they classify you as theirs. They rub against the objects or with the people they love to mark what they believe is theirs. They may also urinate on the objects to show their dominance to other guinea pigs to convey the message, “Do not touch my object“.

Fidgetting

Guinea pigs may fidget when they are about to poop. But if they do this when they are cuddling, it could also be because they do not like it.

Running away

Newly bought guinea pigs may run away from you at first. A newly bought Guinea Pig may run whenever you go closer to the. They run away from you. This is normal. Let them take their time to adjust to their new home. Be more patient and give them their space. Eventually, they will get used to you and won’t run from you again.

Guinea Pig

Emotions

Happy

If your pet is happy, then they willhop up and down, lick you, and if they like their partner, they rub their noses. Cute, isn’t it?

Anxiety/Agression

When they are scared, uncomfortable, or unhappy with you, they will freeze, fidget, or keeps their head up in the air. Teeth-baring, hissing, and strutting noises are among the common things guinea pigs do when they are aggressive.

Stress and Depression

A stressed guinea pig will be aggressive and show the signs listed above. They get stressed when you change their hutch or when something irritates them.

A depressed Guinea pig will be less energetic and avoid their partner. If your pet is either stressed or depressed, it is better to consult their veterinarian.