January 13, 2017

Guinea pigs sounds


Porcusorii de Guinea sunt foarte "vorbareti".


Pentru un incepator intr-ale porcusorilor sunetele pot parea identice, insa micul animalut poseda cel putin sapte sunete distincte, si mult mai multe care sunt dificil de diferentiat si recunoscut. Majoritatea sunt greu de descris si denumit insa cu ajutorul redarilor audio le puteti intelege. Postura corpului ofera un indiciu in plus asupra a ceea ce vor sa transmita.

- Guitatul:  va este probabil foarte cunoscut. Porcusorul il foloseste atunci cand se apropie ora mesei, este incantat sa fie hranit. Sau il puteti auzi atunci cand ii este foame si va semnalizeaza aceasta. Ar fi bine ca imediat sa va aratati cu ceva bun de mancare pentru el. poate guita si daca va aflati la frigider sau transportati ceva ce ar parea bun de mancare, sau orice altceva ce are legatura cu mancarea pentru el.

- Sunetul de cucerire:  este scos de masculi in sezonul de imperechere pentru a atrage femele sau atunci cand sesizeaza o femela in calduri. De asemenea un sunet asemanator este auzit si din partea femelelor pregatite pentru a se imperechea. Este insotit si de limbaj corporal adecvat: un dans in jurul femelei din partea masculului si ridicarea soldurilor din partea femelei. 

- Torsul: asemanator celui scos de pisica atunci cand se freaca de piciorul dumneavoastra. in functie de durata  si tonalitate, poate transmite mai multe mesaje, insotite si de posturi ale corpului adecvate. In general un porcusor toarce atunci cand este fericit, cand il mangaiati. Sunetele sunt scurte, repetitive, iar corpul este intins, relaxat.  Daca sunetele sunt mai inalte, mai ales pe final este semn ca ii displace ceva, probabil nu se simte confortabil in poala dumneavoastra. 

- Scrasnitul din dinti: este scos de porcusor atunci cand este stresat sau cand initiazaun comportament agresiv, e semnul ca” daca nu te indepartezi s-ar putea sa ripostez violent”. In general este auzit atunci cand sunt pusi impreuna pentru prima oara 2 porcusori (de obicei masculi). E semn ca se vor incaiera, asa ca este bine sa ii separati imediat. Este insotit si de afisarea dintilor catre oponent. Daca porcusorul scoate astfel de sunete cand va apropiati dumneavoastra, este mai bine sa il lasati in pace pentru moment.

- Tipatul: este un sunet de tonalitate inalta, ascutit. Daca porcusorul simte durere sau simte ca ii este amenintata viata scoate acest sunet. Poate aparea atunci cand porcusorul a fost ciupit de un coleg de cusca, un alt animal il ameninta sau la veterinar cand primeste o injectie. In eneral daca auziti acest tip de sunet ar fi bine sa va verificati porcusorii.

- Maraitul sau scancitul: este semn ca porcusorul este deranjat de ceva anume si se plange de asta. Poate fi vorba de vreun coleg de cusca care ii deranjeaza somnul sau vrea sa atenteze la mancarea lui. Daca va este adresat dumneavoastra inseamna ca trebuie sa va opriti si sa il lasati in pace, deoarece se simte deranjat din activitatile sale. 

- Murmurul:  putin mai greu de descris in cuvinte, insa explicit pe inregistrare. Este sunetul porcusorului fericit, relaxat, care este lasat liber pe jos sau care se joaca, singur sau cu alti porcusori. Ar fi bine sa il auziti cat mai des.

- Ciripitul: este un sunet scos foarte rar, a carui interpretare nu a putut fi  gasita inca. Insa este un sunet placut, asemanator celui al pasarelelor. Porcusorii care scot acest sunet stau ridicati, vigilenti, foarte concentrati pe  ceea ce fluiera.





Many owners don’t take the time to learn these sounds, so they never really know whether their pet is in distress, hungry, content or just excited to see you and/or food. Miscommunication between the pet and owner may potentially cause the pet’s health and happiness to suffer, which is the last thing we want. It’s surprising what a little effort in understanding guinea pig noises can do for your relationship with your cavy.
 
 

Wheeking

 

Wheeking is an example of an onomatopoeia, meaning it sounds like how it’s spelled. Don’t let that long, foreign word scare you. It’s easier to understand than you think. Let’s look at an example.


Example: If a dog will “roof,” a guinea pig will “wheek.” 


This common wheeking noise is usually associated with hunger or a desire to eat food. If you have a specific time that you normally feed your pig, you will usually hear them wheek loudest at this time of the day. Also, if they see you approaching them with food, expect them to wheek out of excitement in anticipation. Sometimes, you’ll even start to see their ears become really animated while producing such a sound. Other times, you can see guinea pig “popcorning” while producing such a sound. It’s really a cute thing to watch.
Wheeking is something that’s exclusively directed towards humans. How do we know this? It’s because scientists have concluded that guinea pigs never made these noises in the wild, probably because they never had humans hand feeding them pellets and treats. So through domestication, wheeking was learned.

Purring

This occurs when the guinea pig is vocalizing a low, constant sound. Whenever I would tell people guinea pigs “purr,” the consensus response is: They purr? …Like a cat? No, not like a cat.
The cavy’s purr isn’t the same as a cat’s high-pitched purr. In fact, it’s sort of a hybrid of a grumble of a dog and a low purr of a cat. The reason why it’s so difficult to describe is because this noise is unique and can only be made by the throat of a guinea pig. See the video below to hear for yourself.
Purring is usually associated with being content or happy. You will most likely hear it when you are gently petting your pig. However, sometimes when they hear a startling noise or suddenly feel threatened, they will vocalize this same noise but in short spurts. Depending on the situation and/or environment of your guinea pig, you can probably figure what kind of purring is happening.


Rumble

The rumble is similar to the purr, except with a vibrating effect and lower pitch. Owners with a single cavy will not likely get the opportunity to hear this; however, if you have a male and female, you may hear this frequently.
The male uses this sound when he is wooing the female to mate. In a way, it’s his mating call. He will start to wiggle his hips and walk around the female in a seemingly arbitrary pattern. This is often called the “rumble strut.” It’s really a funny, yet fascinating process to watch. And if you ever get the chance to see it, just leave them alone and appreciate this natural occurrence.
When the male isn’t trying to romance the female, the female may use the rumble to signal to the male that she’s in season and ready to mate. This noise isn’t exclusive to male cavies.

Growling

The Cavy’s growl sounds like “drrr, drrr.” Like with most animals, growling is the sound of distress, usually from being threatened by something nearby. This can also happen when there is suddenly a drastic change in their environment.

If you hear the growl from your guinea pig, just start petting them very gently to calm him or her down. In no time, the growl may turn into a delighted purr.


Sometimes, the growling can be directed towards another guinea pig in the cage. If that’s the case, then you may want to examine the cage  to see if there is too little space for two guinea pigs.

Teeth Chattering

This is when your guinea pig releases a rapid streak of squeaks. And, it usually means that they are angry, unhappy or agitated at a certain situation.
It’s common for chattering to occur when you first introduce a guinea pig to another, especially in a cage. They are simply warning each other not to interfere with each other’s territory or personal space. If chattering happens, separate the two before they start fighting and slowly reintroduce them after they’ve calmed down. Keep doing this until the chattering eventually goes away.
But if you plan to raise two males, chattering will without a doubt happen as they try to figure out some sort of  cage dominance. Just try your best to keep them from fighting, since they have to eventually learn to co-exist with one another.

Chuting

Also an example of onomatopoeia, chuting is a repeated streak of “chute” sounds. Now, this is a noise that you may or may not hear your guinea pigs make. As for some reason, only certain ones will make such a sound.
Like the purr, chutting happens when your guinea pig is relaxed, happy or content. Sometimes, while you’re petting your pet, you may hear them purr with some chuting in-between. Keep in mind, some guinea pigs live their whole lives only purring (no chuting) when they feel these happy emotions.
So if you do happen to have one that makes this rare noise, don’t be put off by it. Sit back and take a moment to appreciate this sound not too many owners get to hear.

Shrieking

Hearing a loud shriek may be distressing to you, but more importantly to your pet. It usually means your guinea pig is sensing immediate danger or is feeling pain and discomfort. If you’re doing a good job keeping an eye on them, this sound should be extremely rare. But it does happen. For example, if one of your guinea pigs bites another, you will likely hear a shriek. It’s important to immediately attend to the situation and figure out what caused such a sound.
Side note: if you’re taking them to the vet for the first time to get shots, expect to hear shrieking. I know it isn’t pleasant hearing your cavy make this sound, but the only thing you can do is be there to comfort them. They will eventually get used to the vet and stop shrieking if you go frequently enough.

Whining

A guinea pig’s whining sounds like a high-pitched moan. This noise is vocalized when the piggy is being disturbed or bothered. If you or a fellow cage mate interrupts his or her nap, you may hear this noise. Just step away, and let them be.
They can also use this sound to tell us if we are doing something they don’t enjoy. Pretty much, it’s the sound they use to complain to us.
If you are a guinea pig owner like myself, i strongly urge you to take some time to learn these guinea pig sounds and understand their meaning. It will truly go a long way in how you interact with them and I promise it will benefit both sides and enhance your relationship with your cavy in the short and long term. Happy cavy raising!

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