Guinea Pigs – Communication
Guinea Pigs communicate with both body language and sounds. If a young or adult Guinea Pig squeals loudly, it’s hungry or just needs human contact. Also a loud squeal may be an in danger warning. Squeaks, grunts, and coos are the sounds of contentment and pleasure. The angry chattering is the precursor to a fight or a bite. The low constant rumbling rattle is a sexual behavior. If a Guinea Pig leaps straight up into the air, it’s the sign of a healthy and happy animal. Rising up with legs stiffened or showing teeth means threatening. Stretches are the signs of comfort and relaxation.
Guinea Pigs – Senses
Guinea Pigs possess very acute sense of hearing and hear sounds beyond the human limits. They soon become conditioned to sounds related to feeding. They can even have preferences in music. Guinea Pigs sense of smell is better than humans, but not as well as dogs. They recognize each other by smell. As for the eyesight, Guinea Pigs’ eyes are mounted on the sides of the head, giving them a large angle of vision. They cannot see clearly at a distance; they have no depth perception; and their ability to assess distances and heights is limited. But they have color-vision and are able to notice the slightest movement.
Guinea pigs do not like a dirty environment. It is therefor very important that you keep their things really clean. Below you can watch a video to see how you can use your automatic washing machine to clean your guinea pigs rags and how to get bad guinea pig smells out of fabric.
Guinea Pigs – Diet
Guinea Pigs are vegetarians. In captivity they can be fed with prepared guinea pig food, supplemented with carrot, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, peas, green leaves, but not lettuce, it causes colic. Sometimes a treat for your Guinea Pig can be fruits. Also, Guinea Pigs should be provided with a salt ring and “chews” to gnaw on them.