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What do their different noises mean?

shortlilcutie

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I was just wondering if anyone knew how to tell what our piggies different squeaks and squeals and other sounds mean? Is there any info on this? I'd love to know....TIA!
 

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There are websites that have audio of the various noises as well as what they mean.

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Thank you so much NoVeil! It's still hard to tell one from the other though....why do my pigs want me to stop what I'm doing when I'm holding them sometimes? How do I get them to be happy and just be comfy with me?
 

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shortlilcutie said:
Thank you so much NoVeil! It's still hard to tell one from the other though....why do my pigs want me to stop what I'm doing when I'm holding them sometimes? How do I get them to be happy and just be comfy with me?
I know what you mean about trying to tell one sound from another. I find myself constantly looking up guinea pig noises because I'm never sure! I'm starting to figure them out though. I still get worried when I hear them squeaking because I know some people say that just means they want food or attention but I've also read that it can mean they are really lonely or in pain!

To answer your other questions though:

Your guinea pigs probably don't like what your doing if they want you to stop or maybe they are a little unsure of your intentions. I would continue to gently pet them and cuddle while talking to them calmly. I think after they get use to you picking them up and holding them they will eventually be calm and enjoy it. I think to have them just be happy, relaxed, and comfy with you, you just have give them lots of TLC and attention. It all takes time, at least that's what I've noticed.

Good luck!

-Meghan
 

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It is quite confusing at first as a lot of the sounds are quite similar. What distinguishes one from another quite clearly when you get to know your guinea pig, is the body language. For example when you're petting them, if they like something they'll be all spread out and have a nice relaxed body. If they don't like something it'll be tense, they'll be turning their head round to your hand or they may bite down.

Just carry on spending loads of time with them and you'll soon get to know what their every chunter and purr means!
 

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Me too

I also have a very hard time. Lucifer lies pretty still in my lap while I'm petting him and he'll make a purring sound. But I've read there are two different types of purring...the happy kind and the leave me alone kind. And he'll make little squeaky chattering noises....so I'm not sure if he likes it or not. But sometimes, if I stop petting him, he'll squeal real loud, like he's scared or mad. So I just tell myself that he likes and continue to pet him.
 
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