Nom nom NOM! Just look at those piggies enjoying their healthy lettuce snacks.
If there is one thing in the world that is so satisfying to watch, it’s to see piggies and their healthy appetite for healthy food.
Notice those little squeaky sounds that they make? This simply goes to show that these little piggies are having the time of their life and enjoying the simple comfort of munching on a snack. (Like, who wouldn’t??)
So what exactly is that noise they make? Let’s see!
If guinea pigs could stand on their hind legs and clap at the sight of food, they probably would. But since they can’t do what we do when we see a bag of popcorn, they do resort to the next best thing. They wheek.
Guinea pigs are, without a doubt, smart creatures. Part of what makes them smart is their ability to communicate. (1)
Guinea pig sounds come in different ranges and volumes. Loud squeaks may mean discomfort or danger. (2)
Then there are those soft, contented sounds like the one in the video known as wheeks. Wheeks are your guinea pig’s way of showing excitement or anticipation towards a fun activity.
And who’s to disagree that eating is fun?
Eating Makes Guinea Pigs Happy
Guinea pigs have a voracious appetite. In fact, a happy piggy is one that eats and munches most of the day.
Guinea pigs get the munchies because that’s the only way they can keep their digestive system going.
Remember that a piggy that doesn’t get the munchies is a stressed, if not sad, piggy. If your piggy doesn’t wheek or look forward to this favorite pastime, chances are he may be sick or he may have dental issues.
Maybe We Should All Take After Our Piggies?
Take it from these two little piggies to know what it feels like to leave all your cares to the world. Hakuna matata and just munch those woes away.
1. Grimsley JMS, Shanbhag SJ, Palmer AR, Wallace MN. Processing of Communication Calls in Guinea Pig Auditory Cortex. Hausberger M, editor. PLoS ONE. 2012;7:e51646.
2. Zarbock M. Why Do Guinea Pigs Squeal? [Internet]. Lafeber Co. – Small Mammals. 2017 [cited 2022 Aug 30]. Available from: https://lafeber.com/mammals/why-do-guinea-pigs-squeal/
Hi there, I’m Johanna a writer, cat cuddler, and all-around animal lover! 🐈 I have two furkids of my own – a blue-eyed Siberian cat named Karakita, and a Siberian Husky Sundance who is the boss of us all. A lot of my motivation comes from my love of animals and want them to be treated with respect