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Are guinea pigs affectionate?

How can you tell if your guinea pig likes you?  Fortunately, guineas are very affectionate pets, and they have several ways of showing how much they care about you.  If it’s your first time parenting a guinea pig, you’ll recognize some of the behaviors below from some of your other favorite pets, too!

Licking

Many animals lovers with recognize being licked by their pet as a universal sign of affection.  Guinea pigs will lick, or groom, other piggies as well as their pet parents, too.

Kissing

Even though most people would consider licking to be the animal equivalent of kissing, guinea pigs actually give kisses a lot like a human!  It’s not quite nibbling, because they don’t use their teeth. Instead, they gently and repeatedly nip you with their lips for just a moment.

Nuzzling

When a happy guinea will brush its head against you or one of its fellow piggies, it’s known as nuzzling. Cats show this behavior, too, which is called bunting or allorubbing.

Purring

Perhaps their most cat-like behavior is purring.  After you’ve petted or tickled your guinea for a while, you may hear them squeaking.  However, when they’re really content they will emit a smooth, trilling sound. Some would describe it like a pigeon cooing, others say it’s like a cat’s purr.

Are you looking for someone to keep your guinea pig happy while you’re out of town? Hire a pet sitter!  Our sitters do more than just clean. We will pet and play with your guinea pig so that he or she will feel well loved while you’re away.  Drop us a line today!


Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

Image by Pezibear from Pixabay.

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