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GUINEA PIG SOUNDS Ever wondered what all those squeaks, wheeks and purring noises mean? Guinea pigs exhibit a vast variety of behaviour and sounds which allows them to communicate their wants, needs and feelings to each other and you as a cavy carer.  Guinea pigs are very vocal animals and should be encouraged with a large environment and another guinea pig to talk to, which will allow them to express themselves at all times. Sounds Guinea pigs exhibit a myriad of sounds which are defined below:
Name	        	Sound	             	Description		           			Meaning 				          Example Wheek	  	 “Wheeek” A long, loud squeeking sound.  A guinea pig may move its  ears up and down whilst  wheeking Hunger - I would like food:  Usually a guinea pig will wheek when they hear a plastic bag rustle or a  door open  as this usually signifies feeding time.   Video by Jamienov81  Purring  “Purrrrrr” A deep rumble in the back of  the throat. A guinea pigs pur  will be prolong and not a  short “brr” like a growl.  Enjoyment/Pleasure: A guinea pig  usually makes this noise when they are  being stroked or petted. Guinea pigs  enjoy being rubbed behind the ears and  some guinea pigs under the chin.   Video by Soph7133   Growl “Drr” A short, abrupt growl. Similar  to a purr but shorter. It  sometimes sounds like a “drrr” sound.  I do not like this/scared:  Guinea Pigs usually growl when they hear  a noise they do not like or feel threatened.  Gently pet your guinea pig should they  feel scared, or place them in a safe,  familiar environment such as back in  their cage.    Rumble	 “Brrr” A low deep rumbling sound.  Usually a guinea pig will sway  its hips back and forth or may  rumble whilst patrolling the  cage or expressing dominance  over another guinea pig.  Dominance/Mating: A guinea pig may  rumble around another guinea pig in a  mating dance. Cavies can also rumble after a cage clean to show their  dominance over an area, or to show  another guinea pig they are “boss” Video by Pigs003 Chatter “ChCh” A guinea pig will move it’s teeth  rapidly with the jaw moving side  to side. Anger/Annoyance: A guinea pig will  teeth chatter when they are expressing  annoyance or anger. A guinea pig can  teeth chatter if they don’t like a noise,  being petted in a certain way or if they are  expressing dominant behaviour.  Cavies will chatter at each other to help  decide who will be the dominant guinea  pig in a herd. This may also accompany  yawning (showing their teeth)  Video by 0LoLis0  Shrieking “EEEEE” A very loud, high pitched shriek.  Danger/Pain/Fear: A guinea pig may  shriek for a number or reasons. The first  could be danger. If they feel threatened  they will shriek to warn other guinea pigs in their herd to be on alert. A guinea pig  may also shriek if they are in pain. A cage  mate may nip another cavy causing pain  which will cause a cavy to shriek, or a  guinea pig may get an injection at the  vets causing pain. Baby guinea pigs will  usually shriek if they are afraid or are  unable to see other guinea pigs. Some  babies do not like to be separated from  their herd and will shriek as they may feel  afraid/insecure.   Video by MrSonance  Chut	 “Chh” Chutting may sound like a  mumble or a series of low,  consistent wheeks, chuts and  grunts.    Happiness/exploring: A guinea pig may  chut whilst exploring a new area. It may  seem like they are happily chatting to  themselves.  Video by bosengel  Whining  “weeeek” A long, wheek which starts off  softer and may become louder.    Complaining: A guinea pig may be  annoyed if they are being petted  incorrectly, they are uncomfortable or  have been disturbed. A guinea pig will let  you know if they are annoyed by  moaning and whining.  Video by cetd27  Chirping  “tweet” A sound which closely  resembles a birds twitter. A  quick succession of chirps.  Unknown: To date there is no definitive  explanation for why a guinea pig may  chirp.  Some cavy owners believe their guinea  pigs are “singing”.  Chirping is very rare and many cavy  owners may never witness their guinea  pig making this sound.  Many other guinea pigs will stand still  and listen intently to the guinea pig  chirping. There has recently been noted  that a guinea pig may chirp as a signal of  a predator or danger to the herd. The  sound resembles that of a bird to disguise it and not alert the predator to the guinea  pigs presence.  Video by  linuteko
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Ever wondered what all those squeaks, wheeks and purring noises mean? Guinea pigs exhibit a vast variety of behaviour and sounds which allows them to communicate their wants, needs and feelings to each other and you as a cavy carer.  Guinea pigs are very vocal animals and should be encouraged with a large environment and another guinea pig to talk to, which will allow them to express themselves at all times. Sounds Guinea pigs exhibit a myriad of sounds which are defined below:
Name     		Meaning  				Example				           Wheek	  	 Hunger - I would like food:  Usually a guinea pig will wheek  when they hear a plastic bag  rustle or a door open  as this usually signifies  feeding time.   Purring  Enjoyment/Pleasure: A guinea pig usually makes this noise  when they are being stroked or  petted. Guinea pigs enjoy being rubbed behind the ears and  some guinea pigs under the  chin.   Growl I do not like this/scared:  Guinea Pigs usually growl when they hear a noise they do not  like or feel threatened. Gently  pet your guinea pig should they  feel scared, or place them in a  safe, familiar environment such  as back in their cage.    Rumble	 Dominance/Mating: A guinea  pig may rumble around another  guinea pig in a mating dance.  Cavies can also rumble after a cage clean to show their  dominance over an area, or to  show another guinea pig they  are “boss” Chatter Anger/Annoyance: A guinea  pig will teeth chatter when they  are expressing annoyance or  anger. A guinea pig can teeth  chatter if they don’t like a noise,  being petted in a certain way or  if they are expressing dominant  behaviour.  Cavies will chatter at each other to help decide who will be the  dominant guinea pig in a herd.  This may also accompany  yawning (showing their teeth)  Shrieking Danger/Pain/Fear: A guinea  pig may shriek for a number or  reasons. The first could be  danger. If they feel threatened  they will shriek to warn other  guinea pigs in their herd to be  on alert. A guinea pig may also  shriek if they are in pain. A cage  mate may nip another cavy  causing pain which will cause a  cavy to shriek, or a guinea pig  may get an injection at the  vets causing pain. Baby guinea  pigs will usually shriek if they  are afraid or are unable to see  other guinea pigs. Some babies  do not like to be separated from  their herd and will shriek as they  may feel afraid/insecure.   Chut	 Happiness/exploring: A guinea  pig may chut whilst exploring a  new area. It may seem like they  are happily chatting to  themselves.  Whining  Complaining: A guinea pig may  be annoyed if they are being  petted incorrectly, they are  uncomfortable or have been  disturbed. A guinea pig will let  you know if they are annoyed by  moaning and whining.  Chirping  Unknown: To date there is no  definitive explanation for why a  guinea pig may chirp.  Some cavy owners believe their  guinea pigs are “singing”.  Chirping is very rare and many  cavy owners may never witness  their guinea pig making this  sound. Many other guinea pigs  will stand still and listen intently  to the guinea pig chirping. There  has recently been noted that a  guinea pig may chirp as a signal  of a predator or danger to the  herd. The sound resembles that  of a bird to disguise it and not  alert the predator to the guinea  pigs presence.
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