Guinea Pig Sounds
Purring – It’s a happy sound. Pigs can make this sound in three situations: during the copulation, while eating favourite treats, while being pet.
Wheeking – Pigs show their needs by making this sound:
– Calling other piggies;
– Demanding food (during feeding or when they hear characteristic sounds or smell);
– Demanding the attention. A pig could start wheeking, when it is ignored for a moment, while sitting on its owner’s lap. If in spite of stroking the piggy doesn’t stop wheeking, it means that it is calling other piggies and wants to come back to its friend in the cage.
Whining – Can mean dissatisfaction. However, there are so-called grumblers, which make this sound very often, without a serious reason. Some pigs are whining when they try to tell us to put then back to the cage, because they need to pee. If a pig stretches on your lap and is whining in the same time, that means the pig is a grumbler.
Mutter – means satisfaction. The sound is made during petting, exploring a flat/house or eating.
Silent whimpering – medium satisfaction.
Shrieking – a cry for help and a reaction to pain. None of our piggies have never had a reason for making this sound. It resembles a loud and long whistle.
Teeth chattering – indication of aggression. The sound isn’t made often towards people, but very frequent towards stranger piggies. It’s similar to grinding of teeth. When a piggy has an aggressive purpose it is bristling and squinting its eyes.
However,guinea pigs are eager to bite clothes. Pigs do it with great determination and they are able to destroy the most expensive shirt 🙂
Personally I agree with view, which proclaims emotional character of this behaviour. A pig licks your fingers when:
– it wants to reciprocate caresses and to tell you it loves you,
– it wants to apologise you – for example: when it bites you by mistake,
– it wants to get to know somebody. Some piggies lick fingers of strangers, but only very friendly guinea pigs do it.
Stretching out – Piglets stretch out, when they are petted, while they are asleep or relaxing.
Running and jumping up – it is a form of fun for little piggies. It can have an interactive character – the pig can play with other little piggies. Pigs chase each other and nudge one another with snouts. Adult pigs don’t play like that.
Fight – Males can fight for females. Females fights are caused mostly by territorial claims during pregnancy (a pregnant pig should have its own accommodation). They are able to bite the opponent quite hard and the human, who tries to separate them may be also bitten.
Breaking free – little piggies struggle more often than adult ones. Very energetic pigs often try to break free from their owners’ hands, without a reason. This kind of a piggy doesn’t want to sit calm on your hands. Some piggies are struggling even