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Behind Guinea Pig Noises

Find out what the sounds your guinea pig makes mean.

By Audrey Pavia

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Guinea Pig Zak/© Courtesy Anne Lima
Guinea pigs can vocalize to communicate.

Guinea pigs make noises to communicate their feelings to other animals and humans.  Here are some of the sounds a guinea pig might make:

Cooing: Guinea pigs sometimes coo to their babies or to each other. This sound is a sign of affection. Some guinea pigs also use this sound for their favorite humans.
Gurgling: A sound like gurging is used by some guinea pigs to express happiness and contentment. Guinea pigs use this with each other and with favorite humans.
Squealing: This high-pitched sound is loud and is meant as a warning signal that danger is approaching. It’s also a sound of pain. On occasion, guinea pigs will use it to get attention too.

Teeth Clacking: When a guinea pig chatters its teeth, the animal is warning another animal to stay away. If the warning is not heeded, the guinea pig may follow with a bite.

No sound? If your guinea pig is being quiet, it’s probably sleepy, relaxed or just has nothing to say at the moment.


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My piggy is very vocal, especially when she hears the hay bag!
charlotte, Aberdeen, NC
Posted: 9/2/2012 5:36:29 PM
When a guinea pig vibrates it means there relaxed and happy.
kelsey, wentzville, MO
Posted: 4/23/2012 6:00:38 PM
my guinea pig vibrates and then does a wee 5 seconds afterwards
Erin, salisbury
Posted: 11/13/2011 3:34:50 AM
My guinea pigs always got real noisy any time
that I went near my fridge..
Barb, New London, WI
Posted: 6/8/2011 4:46:24 PM
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