The most common guinea pig call, occurring with social interacitons and social or nonsocial general activity, to express interest, exploration and a state of contentment. TRANSLATION: "All is right with the world."
Characteristic of mildly unpleasant situations such as when a guinea pig is unreceptive to contact from another guinea pig or is in situations of mild discomfort or displeasure, such as when a mother doesn't allow an infant to nurse. TRANSLATION: "What's going on? I don't think I like this."
Typical of situations following prolonged displeasure, often following a period of chuttering that breaks into a whine. TRANSLATION: "Ok, I've had just about enough of this!"
Low whistle (or low "wheek")
Assosiated with the perception that food, water, bedding or attention is on the way, often stimulated by the sights and sounds of the caretaker preparing food or approaching the pen. May also occur in situations of mild fear, such as when guinea pigs are seperated from one another. TRANSLATION: "I think I hear dinner!"
Whistle (or "wheek")
Assosiated with the low whistle or wheek, often occuring together. Guinea pigs typically whistle or wheek in response to isolation from other guinea pigs and as a more excited expression that food or attention ar on the way. TRANSLATION: "I do hear dinner, I do hear dinner, where is it, where is it?"
Accidental injury or injury from a fight with another guinea pig often provokes the squeal. Also characteristic of guinea pigs that are being pushed away from food or a resting spot by a more dominant pig. TRANSLATION: "Ouch!" or "Cut it out!"
Often occuring after a fight has ceased and the losing guinea pig is injured, usually when the fighting pigs are not equally matched. Screaming can also occur as a respose to disturbance in environment, especially in young guinea pigs. TRANSLATION: "Help, help!"
This is a courtship sound, and often accompanies body language of courtship, such as circling and swaying. Guinea pigs may make this sound when mating, or when stroked by a human. Nursing infants also purr. TRANSLATION: "Oh yeah, baby! That feels good!"
Guinea pigs often drrr just before the freeze out of fear, or are otherwise startled by a loud noise or environmental disruption. TRANSLATION: "I'm trying very hard not to panic but it isn't working!"
Researchers haven't precisely pinned down the motivation for the chirrup. In the Leicester study, this sound happened during disturbances, mild alarm, separation from a litter of infants, and in some cases, for no apparent reason. TRANSLATION: Undetermined, but could just mean, "Hey!"
This sound is mainly confined to infants, when their mothers lick them to help them relieve themselves after nursing. TRANSLATION: "Thanks Mommy!"