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GUINEA PIG BEHAVIOUR In addition to the sounds guinea pigs make, they also express themselves with different types of behaviour. Analysing a cavies behaviour allows you to understand your guinea pig and enable you to provide your cavy with an environment in which they can express themselves fully. Behaviour Guinea pigs exhibit many different types of behaviours which are defined below:
Popcorn	  	 	  	 A series of leaps, bounds and jumps. A  guinea pig will jump around the cage,  moving its head rapidly and sometimes  kicking with the back legs.  A cavy may popcorn due to a new toy, food  or after a cage clean.   Happiness/Extreme Joy:  Named “popcorning” or “popcorn” as a  guinea pig will jump around much like corn kennels whilst being heated up. Popcorning  occurs when a cavy is extremely happy.  They just can’t contain their joy!    Begging  Guinea pigs will stand on their hind legs.  They may stand against the cage with their front paws upwards or may stand up  without leaning on any other object around  them  Hunger/Begging for food:  Cavies will beg for food. They may wheek  and stand on their hind legs hoping for a  tasty treat.   Sleeping  Guinea pigs will sleep throughout the day  and at night for short periods.  Relaxing: As they are prey animals they will  often sleep with their eyes open.  Sometimes when a guinea pigs feels very  safe and secure they will close their eyes  when sleeping. Cavies are most active early  in the morning and evening.    Stretching	 A guinea pig will often stretch to get more  comfortable and relaxed just like people.  Stretching is usually preceded by a wide  yawn, teeth tapping together and the front  paws being stretched out in front of  the body.    Comfortable: A guinea will often stretch  when getting into a more comfortable  position. Often during lap time or whilst your  guinea pig is being petted they may stretch and yawn.    Video by  aurora1793              Video by Becca234  Video by dougydude Yawning  Guinea pigs will yawn by opening their  mouth wide showing their front incisors.  You may also be able to see the tongue.  Often occurs whilst stretching or after  sleep.  Relaxing/Intimidate: A guinea pig will yawn  for two reasons: 1) They are yawning as they feel relaxed or  are preparing for sleep 2) A guinea pig may also show their teeth at  another cavy by yawning. This is a form of dominant non aggressive behaviour.  Video by nakedbodybutter Licking Guinea pigs will turn their heads to lick each  other or will look up at your hand or face and  lick a person.  Affection/Grooming: Guinea pigs may tend  to lick people as they may like the taste of  salt on our skin however only some guinea  pigs will do this.  This begs to offer the question of how guinea  pigs can show affection for their owners. Many  owners believe that their guinea pigs are  showing affection by licking or giving “piggy  kisses”.
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