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Guinea pig noises and their meaning


Squeaks, brummels, chirping - guinea pigs make a lot of different sounds and noises. Most of them are used for communication with others of the same species, but even for us keepers, the cute rodents have a few extra notes in store. Here you can learn more about the spoken language of guinea pigs. Guinea pigs not only communicate via body language, but also through spoken language - Shutterstock / Miroslav Hlavko

Guinea pig sounds are a science in themselves. You can learn to differentiate between the different, sometimes strange, sounds and find out how your guinea pig is doing, what it wants and what it doesn't. Below is a selection of the main sounds of guinea pigs and what their meanings might be.

Brommeln: Guinea pig noises during courtship

Please what? Yes, brothels! This means a humming sound that mating guinea pig owners in particular use to attract women to the bride. A rodent that drums, usually wants to show off its qualities as a lover. Most of the time, the male moves his butt, pushes the legs through and lowers his head while walking around the female.

However, the drumming and this type of posture can also be a threatening gesture. With the help of the special hum, guinea pigs also determine the order of rank, for example in a pure lump group. When female guinea pigs are brumming, they are usually hot, so they are ready to be mated by the lovable rams.

Chirping: A guinea pig sound when stressed?

When a guinea pig chirps, it almost sounds like there is a bird in the apartment. The sound that the small orchestras emit for up to 20 minutes, while the whole body trembles, is one of the rodents' loudest sounds.

However, the meaning of the sound has not been clarified. However, it is assumed that guinea pigs chirp when they want to cope with stress, for example due to social overload, ambiguities in the ranking or in the event of pain, illness and death of an animal. When the rodents chirp, they are usually insecure and nervous.

Cooze: Sounds to calm the guinea pigs

Guinea pigs coo when they want to calm down. They coo when they feel pressured, for example, when fellow species become intrusive or when people do something that the animal does not want - such as lifting the guinea pig.

Cooing sounds a bit like purring in the rodent, but it mostly expresses well-being and only accompanies stress, fear or pain in special cases.

Squeaking or screaming

Loud squeaking can stand for several meanings. The guinea pigs squeak when they are hungry. The mostly intermittent noise can also stand for fear, panic and pain - then it usually sounds more shrill.

In addition, it is believed that rodents squeak to find themselves - for example, when an animal has moved away from the group and wants to return.

Guinea pigs: food and feed for rodents

The diet of tame guinea pigs should be as little as possible from their habits ...

Mucken: A sound for well-being

You can assume that your guinea pigs will feel good if you mow quietly or squeak quietly and quietly. A quiet moan is often heard as a feel-good sound even when guinea pigs relax or eat happily next to each other.

Chattering teeth: warning signal and threatening gesture

Teeth rattle often occurs in the context of ranking disputes. It is a sign of posturing and serves to threaten. Chattering teeth in guinea pigs is often the first step to a real argument. If your rodent snaps at you, you should interpret the sign as a threat. It can be assumed that the guinea pig wants to be left alone.

In the video you can hear the three sounds of bromble, screaming and chirping:

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