Do Guinea Pigs Purr? (Why They Do & Meaning)

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Purring is a special behavior in cats, dogs, and rabbits. when it comes to Guinea pigs, you might be wondering if they also purr.

Do Guinea Pigs purr? having raised two Guinea pigs in the past and after consulting with the Vet, here’s what I found:

Yes, Guinea Pigs purr at a frequency of 20 – 30 vibrations per second. Guinea pigs purr for a variety of reasons, to express happiness, to exhibit fear as a defense mechanism, or to show they’re content with a deep relaxed purring sound.

What does a ‘Purr’ mean?

A purr is a tonal fluttering and attention-seeking sound made by some species of animals.

According to Wikipedia, “Purring is a soft buzzing sound, similar to a rolled ‘r’ with a fundamental frequency of around 25 Hz. This sound occurs with noticeable vibrations on the surface of the body, varies in a rhythmic pattern during breathing and occurs continuously during inhalation and exhalation. The intensity and length of the purr can also vary depending on the level of arousal of the animal.”

Although true purring isn’t obvious in all animals and pets. It’s exclusive to Felids and Viverrids.

However, mongoose, rabbits, squirrels, guinea pigs, and gorillas all produce purr-like sounds while eating.

Why Guinea Pigs (and other animals) Purr

Guinea pigs and other animals purr for a ton of reasons including:

  • To express happiness
  • Fear as a defense mechanism
  • To manage pain and soothe themselves (cats do this)

Some people have said that they can hear the guinea pig purring while they sleep, and others believe that they don’t actually make any sound at all.

Some believe that if the guinea pig isn’t given enough time to socialize with other guinea pigs, it will start making its own noises.

It’s possible that the guinea pig may become accustomed to the noise of other guinea pigs. A lot of people say that they don’t make a sound at all.

There are guinea pigs actually purr when they eat. The only way for the sound to be heard is by opening one’s eyes.

Some say that if a guinea pig is allowed to get too far from the nest, they will start making sounds. If the guinea pig is left alone in a room, they will make a loud sound.

Some people believe that if a guinea pig is left alone in a cage for a long period of time, they will begin to make noises.

Others say that it is the stress caused by being alone that causes the noise. Others believe that some guinea pigs are allergic to certain things that cause the guinea pig to make noises.

Others believe that the sound is made by the tongue. Many people think that the sound is created by the muscles in the throat.

Some say that if the guinea pig has a scrape on its skin, it will produce a sound. Some say that they can hear the sound even though the guinea pig is inside of a cage.

The sound may also come from other animals that are close by. Some say that the sounds can even be heard by people.

This is a very controversial topic, and many people wonder whether the guinea pig actually makes any noise at all.

Some say that a guinea pig that is sick will make a noise, and that it is not necessarily a sick guinea pig that is producing the noise.

Some say that the sound is produced by a muscle spasm, and that the sound is not coming from the lungs.

There are other theories on the subject. Some say that there are several species of guinea pigs that are completely deaf, and cannot hear.

Some scientists say that it is all in the mind and that the sound is nothing but a mental projection.

Those that know the facts about the sounds that guinea pigs make tend to believe that they do make noise.

They say that the sound is produced by their sense of hearing and that the sound is not produced by the lungs.

Others say that the sounds are produced by the muscles in the throat, and the ear. Some believe that the sound could be caused by the guinea pig’s tongue.

What does it mean when Guinea Pigs purr?

What does purring sound in Guinea pigs mean?

Here, we’re going to look at a few of the most common reasons why they do it and hopefully by the time you are done reading this, you will have a better idea as to why your pigs do this, and what it means.

The first thing that you need to realize is that in general, it’s not uncommon for your Guinea Pig to be more vocal than the average house pet.

They are very social animals and often spend a lot of time in the same cage with the same group of people or other animals. When they see one of their friends that they know well they can purr loudly, and in return it is often the other animals that get excited and start to purr as well.

This is a good thing to see for you as the owner because you may find that it is actually helping your pet learn a few things.

Something that you may also notice if you watch your Guinea Pig closely is that they tend to get excited much more easily than a normal cat or dog would. 

It’s not unusual for a guinea pig to startle and jump about, or make a high-pitched noise just before they urinate. You may find that it’s a sign that they are hungry or just getting ready to eat.

If you want to understand what it means when your Guinea Pigs purrs, you need to understand the behavior that they exhibit with their mates.

Like all animals there are certain times when a male will start to purr, and these times are known as courtship, and this can be very interesting and fun for the owner.

One other common reason that guinea pigs get excited and start to purr is when they are trying to establish dominance in the cage.

Because these pigs are always trying to show one another who the leader is, you should see them doing this at various times throughout the day, which is why it’s so important that you understand what they are doing and try to observe them more carefully.

Hopefully, now, you understand what it means when your Guinea Pigs purr, and you may even find that it helps you to understand some of their behaviors better as, well.

It’s a good sign for both you and the animal that it is a natural part of their lives.

Guinea Pigs behaviors

Guinea Pigs behaviors can be a little baffling at first but if you know where to look and what to look for, it will make all the difference in the world.

You may not want to adopt them from a pet store, and if you do, you will want to consider a few things before you make that purchase.

If your local pet store does not have a place to house these unique creatures, you may also want to look elsewhere.

Guinea Pigs Exploring New Terrains

One of the most interesting characteristics of Guinea Pigs behaviors is their tendency to explore new environments.

When they are first introduced to a new area or environment, they will often attempt to explore in every direction including going in small amounts of water.

This allows them to learn how to survive in an unfamiliar environment and may also provide them with the opportunity to get used to a new temperature and humidity.

Another thing that makes this group of animals unique is their curiosity.

While they are not usually social animals by nature, they will enjoy interaction with their owners and other animals.

If you keep a guinea pig in your home, there will likely be a number of different guinea pig behaviors that you will want to pay close attention to, including their ability to explore.

Burrowing Guinea Pigs

One other characteristic of guinea pigs that can be a bit confusing for some people is their tendency to burrow.

If you have decided to keep one of these animals as a pet, you should take the time to understand the reason that they burrow so much. In many cases, this is simply the way that they have to move around in order to keep from overheating.

One final thing that makes guinea pigs interesting and distinctive is their ability to eat both meat and vegetables.

While the average guinea pig owner may not care, some people do consider them to be a bit strange pets, as they are unable to eat a variety of different foods that other rodents are able to enjoy.

So, if you are considering owning a guinea pig as a pet, it will help to look at the things that make them unique in terms of their behaviors and habits.

There are several different ways to provide for these unique animals including buying them from a pet store or raising them on your own.

If you’re considering adopting one of these unusual creatures, you may want to consider visiting a local pet store or even a breeder to get a good idea of the types of things that they are interested in and the amount of knowledge that they have.


In general, Guinea pigs produce purr-like vocalization as a behavioral trait.

When they are happy, content, or in pain, purring is the best way (and often reflex action) to show what and how they feel.

Guinea pigs are lovely animals to keep as pets. They’re calmly, like to be cuddled, and they love being in or around their cages.

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