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Guinea Pig Sounds and What they Mean

Updated on December 29, 2016

Communication between animals is just as important as communication is from person to person and although their method of communication is quite different from ours, it is still for similar reasons.

One little animal we are familiar with is the beloved guinea pig and we all know those little critters make a lot of noises and sounds, from high pitched squeaks to low pitched grunting noises, but we may as ourselves, what do these Guinea pig sounds mean?

Well although not a vast amount of money has been invested into scientific evaluation into these guinea pig sounds, most guinea pig owners will agree on the same or similar meanings of these sounds and sometimes the guinea pig actions following these sounds just emphasises their meanings.

Below I will discuss a few guinea pig sounds and what they mean.


Rumble

The Rumble sound occurs when a male guinea pig is courting and romancing around a female guinea pig. The Rumble sounds like a very deep purr, almost vibrating and is continuous. The male guinea pig will move his body, especially hips region, from side to side while doing this rumble sound.

Now although this action seems quite cute, if you do not want your male guinea pig to get busy with your female pig, then you will have to separate them.

If your female guinea accepts his offer and is in heat she will let him do his business and will inevitably become pregnant.

If she doesn’t accept this ‘mating dance’, then things can get ugly and the first action she will make is the ‘Teeth Chattering’ sound/action that is mentioned below.


Teeth Chattering

This sound/action will occur as mentioned above, when a female guinea pig does not accept the male guinea pig’s mating call, but it also can happen if two mature male boars are placed in the same vicinity or cage or more generally if one guinea pig dislikes another.

When teeth chattering occurs you will hear a distinct sound of teeth banging off each other rapidly plus you will be able to observe the guinea pigs mouth moving.

Guinea pigs must be separated for a short period of time or indefinitely if this teeth chattering occurs as things will get very ugly soon.


High Pitched Repeated Squeal

This squeal is a very common and recognizable guinea pig sound and can mean your guinea pig is Uncomfortable, Nervous, Hungry or Lonely.

As the title suggests the sound is high pitched and repeated, sounds familiar to a pig’s squeal and normally happens when you pick up your guinea pig, when your guinea pig gets a fright from some sort of stimuli such as a loud noise and also when your pig is hungry.

I’ve also noticed that this guinea pig noise occurs at first when you separate baby guinea pigs from their mother during weaning. I remember the young pigs constantly made this noise when placed into their new cage during weaning and although this was a very uncomfortable and sad scene to watch, it had to be done.


Guinea Pig Purring

Guinea pig purring can sound very alike the guinea pig rumble, but is in a higher pitch plus there is no swaying of the body. Your pigs will purr when they are generally happy, comfortable or when they are enjoying you petting and pampering them.


Guinea Pig Muttering to themselves

This muttering sound you will hear constantly as your guinea pig is in its cage wandering around. This guinea pig sound seems to be guinea pigs talking to themselves or speaking their thoughts and they generally do it when they are relaxed and happy in their surroundings, or just when they are eating their yummy guinea pig food.

I’ve also noticed guinea pigs making this sound whilst they are in the company of other guinea pigs, maybe they are having conversations amongst themselves.


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      Eric Prado 6 years ago from Webster, Texas

      Adorable

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Interesting article that is well organized and presented,thanks for sharing.

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      Iontach 6 years ago

      Thanks for your kind comments guys! :)

      Cheers,

      Iontach

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      Serena Zehlius 6 years ago from Hanover, PA

      So cute! Very useful information for guinea pig owners as well. :)

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for a very interesting hub. I loved being able to hear the sounds that you described, and the guinea pigs in the photos are adorable. I've taken care of guinea pigs for a short time but have never owned any. They are certainly lovely animals.

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      Emily40 6 years ago

      Thanks for the info.. They are too cute!

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      Iontach 6 years ago

      Thanks for the comments Puppyluv, AliciaC and Emily! Yes they are so cute! I have 5 of them here, 2 girls and 3 boys. I must put pics of them up as well!

      Cheers,

      Iontach

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      gitrdun4444 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I just love this hub. You are so right on all accounts. They are adorable, funny and loving little critters. I've worked with animals for years now, and Pigs are truly entertaining. It would be nice if they didn't shed so bad though. Thanks, I really enjoyed your hub.

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      Iontach 6 years ago

      Awwww cheers Gitrdun4444!

      I'm glad you think i'm right on all accounts! :) Finally someones agrees with me. haha.

      What an unusual name by the way, and it's not everyday I see someone with a monkey in the pic with them. lol.

      Iontach

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      Iontach 5 years ago

      Thanks LittlePayday,

      Maybe If I keep listening I'll decipher more of their language. haha

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      Ramzeed 5 years ago from Maryland

      Very nice article. Makes me want one ahaha.

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      Iontach 5 years ago

      Thanks Ramzeed! You should get one, they're adorable and easy to keep. :)

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      joekreydt 5 years ago

      this is fantastic. and the pictures are adorable.

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      Iontach 5 years ago

      Hay Joekreydt! Thanks for your comment! Yes they are very cute indeed :)

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      Aimee Cherie 5 years ago from Philippines

      Guinea pigs are one of the cutest in the world! love this hub, really funny, this really made my morning.

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      Iontach 5 years ago

      Hay Aimee! Aww thanks for the sweet compliment :) Glad it made your morning.

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      invitationwrite 5 years ago

      So cute!

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      funmontrealgirl 5 years ago from Montreal

      I had one as a kid. I didn't know any of this. But it makes sense. Cute. Gave you a useful and interesting. :)

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      Iontach 5 years ago

      @Invitationwrite, I know, they are so cute :)

      @funmontrealgirl, Thank you for rating my hub! :)

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      blairtracy 5 years ago from Canada

      Haha yes! This is actually something I have wondered every time I came in contact with a guinea pig.

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      Iontach 5 years ago

      Hay Blairtracy! Thanks for your comment:)

      Well now you'll know what they are saying the next time you're around one...lol

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      Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      When I was a kid our family had a guineu pig named Jose. Every morning at the exact same time, he would do his squeal until someone got out of bed to feed him. We loved him a lot. Great Hub.

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      Iontach 5 years ago

      Hi Lambservant! Thanks for the comment :)

      Awwww that sounds adorable! They love to eat. Sometimes they also squeal when they miss you or another guinea pig. Especially baby ones.

      p.s. Jose sounds like an adorable name for a guinea pig, I think I'm going to steal it for the next guinea pig we get!

      Cheers,

      Iontach

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      Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

      Great adorable Hub! I used to raise guinea's myself and what fun it was. I remember all those squeals and sounds. Mine loved carrots and I think they all do and if she didn't get a carrot a day she would let me know in no uncertain terms...

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      Iontach 5 years ago

      Ello ello Naomi! Thanks for the compliment.

      Ye mine love their carrots too, but they are even more obsessed with their red and green peppers! I think they have a lill Mexican in them. lol

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      angemac23 5 years ago from Canada

      Ah...this is so cute!

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      sabrina 5 years ago

      My guinea pigs name is blueberry. ( cuz she's shaped like one) and she was squealing. For an hr straight an as soon as I read dis I figured out she was juz hungry:/ I was mad at my self thank god for ur hub:) very helpful:) she fell asleep after she ate :)

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      Iontach 5 years ago

      Hi Sabrina,

      Aww blueberry is a nice name. lol. Was she resting her front paws on anything and looking upwards? Mine do that while squealing when they are hungry.

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      Haley 4 years ago

      I have 2 Guinea Pigs named Blaze and Princess i always wonder what there saying when they make their noises and i just guess by spoiling them a lot but now i now what they are saying to me thanks to you! :)

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      Akarime31 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Hi Iontach I love your hub! I have a very adorable guinea pig myself and he rumbles when I pet him, he also does the side dance thing as well but I think he does it because he knows I'm his momma! When my boyfriend and I argue sometimes, my guinea pig starts shattering his teeth in disapproval. We both think it is so funny that we actually stop arguing.

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      C C Chillingworth 4 years ago from West Palm Beach, Florida

      Great hub and really excellent links with the sounds. I always have trouble finding good recordings of sounds to show people so I can explain how I know if my pigs are happy or hungry.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Thanks for the information! And adorable guinea pig photos- the first one is my favorite!

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      MAGICFIVE 4 years ago from New York

      Guinea pigs speaking their thoughts...that's cute! I like that!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      I had guinea pig pets before (and they had babies on their own, born straight from our cages) but I didn't hear them purring... maybe it's reserved for their kind that humans didn't notice, I guess. Very informative hub :)

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      That's cute! I wish to see a guinea pig muttering to itself and speaking its thoughts. Hehehehe.

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      mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      This is a really neat hub and I'm glad you provided some links to audio files so I could hear the sounds you described. One problem... my CAT seriously makes the sound like when I listened to the "Happy" link... In fact, my cat was off in the living room or something and when I played that audio, he came bounding over to my computer room lol Happy Pig met Happy Cat I guess haha. Thanks for sharing!

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      Havana 4 years ago

      thanks for that because my guinea pig ha had four kids and their dad is always that romancing sound but the mum always says no because the dad has got the mum guinea pig pregnant twice and the second time he got her pregnant was the same night the mum had the first set of guinea pigs.

      Anyway that was really helpful about what guinea pigs are saying because now know what they are saying

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