If you've ever owned a guinea pig, you know they make a lot of noises. But what does each sound really mean? Find out here!
|Sound||What it Means/What is Happening|
|Chirp||A call of warning/distress.|
|Chutt||Normal activity, exploring.|
|Chutter|| Usually accompanied with a whine, it is discomfort.|
1. Happy when being petted.
2. Can be a sign of aggression towards other pigs.
3. Male trying to impress a female during heat.
|Growl|| Threat or fear|
|Grunt||A sound used in dominant males; an attack threat.|
|Purring|| Males make this noise when fighting with each other.|
|Scream|| Fear, losing a fight, or is being cornered. |
|Squeal|| Being in pain.|
| Tooth Chatter|
Can mean being content while being petted, or possible
threats/fear (depending on circumstances).
|Tweet|| The noise a mother makes while cleaning her babies.|
|Whine|| A defense sound, or trying to avoid a situation. |
|Whistle|| Calling for their owner/ wanting attention. |
When two males fight, a variety of purrs and grunts will be used. Not all males fight, but most fights are over dominance or a sow.
Sources: I used The Guinea Pig Handbook, By Sharon L. Vanderlip for reference on the various sounds. The picture of the two fighting males I found at DK images.