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Guinea Pig Language

Did you know there is a guinea pig language? When you hear your guinea pig squeaking have you ever thought it might mean something?

The table below gives a decribtion of what their different grunts, squeaks and body language means.

Behavior
What It Means
Touching each other nose
Greeting & acknoledgement /
checking for infection
Murmurs, gurgles & grunts
Contentment, comfort
Jumping
Happiness
Squeaking
Pain, fear, lonliness or begging for food

Cooing

Calming sound, reassurance
Sitting up or standing
Begging for food
Tilting the head at an angle
Signaling strenth
Lowering the head, growling
Fear, offer of peace
Rattling, hissing, teeth chattering
Aggression, warning the 'enemy', trying to impress
Mouth wide open, showing teeth
Female rejecting male's advances
Stretching the head forwards
Watchfulness, alertness
Retracting the legs under the body, pressing against a wall
Helpless, need for protection
Turning rigid
Playing 'dead' to distract the 'enemy'
Extending the head
Fear, could panic
Grunting
Friendly greeting
Stretching
Relaxed comfort
Growling, grunting, rattling
Male mating sounds