Guinea Pig Behavior

By nature, guinea pigs are inquisitive and curious. They make entertaining noises. You might hear a sound called “weeking” when he is looking for a treat, or he might purr when you hold him. To strengthen the bond with your guinea pig, interact with him tenderly on his level—the floor.

Guinea pigs are creatures of habit, so changes in things like feeding and routine can cause distress. For that reason, it’s important to introduce changes slowly. Your guinea pig is most active at dawn and twilight. He looks forward to finding a quiet corner for a nap during midday.

Some of your pet’s behaviors can seem strange. You might notice your guinea pig eating his own poop, for example. This is a natural behavior essential to good health, because it provides extra nutrition.