What does guinea mean in guinea pig?

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Guinea is a country in West Africa. However this animal originated in South America. It is possible that the name of Guinea got mixed up with Guiana (which is in South America). Or it is possible that, when the animal was introduced to England or North America someone used the name Guinea because the though it was appropriate for this new import from a faraway and strange place.
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What does it mean when your guinea pig sneezes?

It doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong. Sneezing for guinea pigs is just like humans. I would say that if there isn't any other symptoms then it is just normal clearing of the nostrils. But if they do have other symptoms like coughing, lack of vitamin c, and they're not eating, then that (MORE)

What does 'in coat' mean on a guinea pig?

the term 'in coat' is used in the guinea pig fancy by those breeders who wish to show the animal in competition. If a long haired breed has had its coat trimmed by the owner or even if it has been chewed by another piggie, as sometimes happens, then that animal would not be eliglble to be shown in i (MORE)

What does it mean when your guinea pig vibrates?

While I can't speak for every guinea pig, I know that my guinea pig does something similar to a cat's purr which may feel like a vibration when you pet the guinea pig. It's general a sign of affection, but they sometimes do it as a fear response to sudden loud noises.

What does it mean when a guinea-pig squaks?

Gui9neas are facinating and intelligent critters who make about 20 separate noises.. all which indicate its mood or need and much pleasure can be gained by knowing what its saying to you!! When it squawks.. usually GP people say wheeps, this is its most common normal noise and means several things. (MORE)

What does it mean when a guinea pig growls?

It either means the animal is angry or in pain so make sure you check it to make sure it's ok but it can also mean it is happy and it's another way of them squeaking. if you are stroking them and they start growling it probably means they're happy.

What do guinea pigs sounds mean?

Guinea pigs are herd animals, and sounds are their primary means of communication and maintaining social rank. There are many various sounds which they produce, but most common are: . wheeking (anticipation, excitement) . rumbling (fear, anger) . bubbling and purring (happiness) . chutting and (MORE)

What does it mean when your Guinea Pig growls at another guinea pig?

It mostly means that they wont be friends. You should separate them so they don't hurt each other. They could be scared of each other or they don't like one another. If their 2 males they are probably going to fight. ----- It depends on many factors. If they are displaying dominance (gender is no (MORE)

What do guinea pig sqeals mean?

Guinea Pigs are vocal little guys. Mainly, they make noise when they are happy, angry and excited. They make a low grunt when fighting though. SO, if you hear them a lot when its dinner time you know why, most pigs go crazy for any food.

What does it mean when a guinea pig squeals?

You are referring to what is called ; Wheeking It sounds like a squeal.. It could mean it is happy, But usually the wheek is when they are hungry , they are just trying to let you know.. But it could also be another sound with a different meaning.

What does it mean when your guinea pig nips you?

If she nips you out of anger, then that could mean that she's just a bit scared, you should give her some time. My guinea pig has kind of tried to chew my finger. I think it's because she tastes the salt our body produces, or maybe because she just feels like doing it. If this sounds like yours, th (MORE)

What does it mean when your Guinea Pig growls to you?

This is a good question. When Guinea Pigs growl, they usually are telling you to back off or to get away. It does not mean that your pig hates you though. It also might mean that the Guinea Pig wants to mate... That's probably the most common. Hope this helps :)

What does it mean when your guinea pig squeak?

it means they u or something or someone is hurting your guinea pig *not usually... they squeal for attention, food, treats, and to communicate with other guinea pigs! It really means that they are either hungry, talking, or trying to get more food after they just had a feast!

What does it mean when your guinea pig coughs?

don't panic there is nothing to worry about if your guinea pig coughs a little. It probably has little bit of food stuck in its throat. But if it coughs a lot and dosen't eat or drink anymore then you should take it to the vet.

Your guinea pig is cooing what does it mean?

guinea pigs do this for a number of reasons. check its food, water and if it is doing it excessivly, pick him/her up and and check that it has no cuts or lumps. they do this sometimes however, just out of boredom.

What does it mean when a guinea pig purrrr?

if it sounds like a low rumble- if you have two it's a threat or one of them wants to dominate the other. i can also mean like it's enjoying a petting from you depending on whats happening.

What does it mean when a guinea pigs bumps you?

A Guinea pig will bump you or push your hand with its head if it wants you to stop stroking or touching it. It's their way of telling you to stop and let them relax. Bumping or pushing your hand away can also be a way that your guinea pig is trying to inform you that it needs to pee.

What does it mean when a guinea pig cries?

It can mean anything from pain to happiness. Our guinea pigs used to cry or "whee" when we brought them food. They would run up to us wheeing out of excitement for their food and would stand on our feet eagerly. They would also sometimes whee when we put them in their running cage and they had to t (MORE)

What does it mean when your guinea pig grunts?

If it is a gently squeking this probably means your guinea pig is happy if they are teeth chattering they are getting annoyed, if the are squeking really loud for a long time they are probably hungrey or thursty, if while you holding one it suddenly yelps high pitched squel you hurt it and need to t (MORE)

What is the meaning of guinea pig- idioms?

Calling someone a guinea pig means they are the first to try something. The idiom came from animal testing- guinea pigs are often the ones that medicines are tested on before human trials.

What does it mean if your guinea pig coughs?

It doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong. Sneezing for guinea pigs is just like humans. I would say that if there isn't any other symptoms then it is just normal clearing of the nostrils. .

What does the chirping of a guinea pig mean?

Depends. It can mean lots of different things. If the chirping is loud and high-pitched, it's most often pain, anger or when the pig is trying to tell you something like go away or leave me alone. If it's repetitive and faint it's probably contentment, or guinea pig talk, because pigs like to chatte (MORE)