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10 Signs Your Guinea Pig Loves You

Guinea pigs have many little ways of showing how much they love you. They may not be as obvious as dogs or cats in this respect, but once you know the signs they’re actually quite easy to read.

Your Guinea Pig Likes Being Held

GPs are timid creatures by nature, so it takes a lot of confidence for them to come to you for stroking or holding. You can interpret that confidence as affection. To reach this stage you need to hand-tame your pet with care and patience. Once they’ve built the trust, they’ll bond with you. They won’t approach everyone in this way – it’s just you they love!

Your Guinea Pig Likes Being Hand-Fed

It will take a little while to reach this stage. Rather than holding a tasty treat in your hand and hoping for the best, it’s best to train the guinea pig in stages. Leave a little trail of treats, and call to your pet gently. Eventually they’ll make it to your hand, and once they’ve become accustomed to this contact, the special bond between pet and owner will be complete.

Your Guinea Pig Follows You Around

By nature, a guinea pig wants to hide from humans, freeze on the spot or run away. It’s a sign of affection when they become so comfortable with you that they happily follow you around. Even if there’s no treat waiting for them, at this stage in the relationship they’ll stay with you simply because they like you and you make them feel safe.

Your Guinea Pig Doesn’t Bite!

This may sound like an odd demonstration of love, but it’s actually a sign that your pet feels very comfortable in your presence. If the GP is in any way afraid or nervous, it will bite if you try to make contact. There are ways of getting round this nervous reaction; and before you know it, the instinct to bite will have been replaced by an urge to nibble your toes…!

Your Guinea Pig Nibbles You, Very Gently

Yes, nibbling is a sign of affection! It’s something these animals do to each other as part of their guinea pig grooming and bonding. Nibbling your shoes or finger ends will come naturally, once they’re comfortable with you. It’s very different from a bite – so don’t simply stick a finger into the cage hoping for a nibble and getting a nasty surprise instead!

Your Guinea Pig Climbs On You

When a guinea pig loves you, you become one of its favourite ‘safe places’. Sit down with your furry friends and they will climb into your lap. Lie down, and they will climb onto you and explore.

Your Guinea Pig Comes To Say Hello

When your guinea pigs first arrive, they will run for cover when you approach their enclosure. Familiarity takes time and patience, and you have to lead the taming process yourself in a hands-on way. Start by holding your guinea pig correctly and comfortably. Continue with a bit of treat-training, and they’ll soon be running to greet you whenever they see you approach.

Your Guinea Pig Responds To Your Voice

Guinea pigs can’t recognise their own names, but they can come to recognise your voice. You should talk, quietly and gently, from the moment you first get them. Always chat to them during hand training and feeding. They will soon come to associate that voice with all that love, and will love you back by coming when you call – no matter what you actually call!

Your Guinea Pig ‘Talks’ To You All The Time

You’ve been talking to them constantly, and they will soon return the compliment. A Guinea pig that chatters to you is very happy indeed in your company.

Your Guinea Pig Just Can’t Stop Playing!

A happy affectionate Guinea pig will dance around your feet, or will perform what is known as ‘popcorning’. This involves jumping in the air, and then running in circles, turning, and repeating the whole wonderful exercise. What better way to demonstrate love than with a good helping of popcorn?

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25 replies on “10 Signs Your Guinea Pig Loves You”

Jeanne montis says:

Delightful photos/videos w/ info about Ur g.pigs!

Lisa Ross says:

Sooo cute I could just die!

Lisa Ross says:

Love love love to die for!?

Maddy says:

My guinea pig does every single one of these.he is just the best guy someone could ask for ❤️❤️❤️

. Cathy says:

My Guinea is the best pet I could have ever asked for. I never thought I could love something so much.

mary emerick says:

Does anyone know and can tell me why my guinea pig actually ate the tip of my toe off literally ate the tip of my toe off I really love her she’s such a sweet but I’m diabetic and now am at risk of an infection I don’t want to have to get rid of her but I can’t have her eating me either of anyone can please email me and let me know

Kimberly booke says:

I just got 2 Guinea pigs today! And one of them seems to love me!!! Sits on my lap for hours and lets me pick it up and hold it all the time ❤️

Anonymous says:

This helps so much and now I know how much my guineas actually love me

Sad Human says:

My guinea pig doesn’t do any of these now I know she hates me T_T

Angelica guzik says:

I have 3 little guys at home and the first piggie I ever got is super rambunctious and he loves being pet. He doesn’t run and I just love how secure he is with me. He doesn’t like being held so much but that’s just his nature. He doesn’t like to be held back from what he wants to do… love my chip

Chuck schell says:

My daughter got me a guinea pig and I love her so much , she gets her treats and cuddle time

Lily says:

My two little guys do everything on here, especially the little nibbles and climbing all over me lol

Em says:

My guinea pig licked my pregnant baby bump, beat that!

Tricia says:

I purchased a baby guinea.. She is so cute.. She loves her cage clean and popcorns and runs when I’m finished cleaning.. So cute

Shakia Peterson says:

I love my Bruno. It was love at 1st sight. He popcorns, he gives me kisses, and a few hours ago, (approximately 1:47am), he started purring when i picked him up. It made me feel so special. I love my bruno!

anna says:


anna says:

smores licks me every night when i read to her

:) says:

I just got a new Guinea Pig a few days ago and he already does nearly all of these. I love him so much already. He will also lay on his side on my chest and fall asleep and if he’s on any of my other family members and I sit next to them he immediately climbs over to me?

Dre says:

My Guinea pig lets me hand feeds her and nibble on me but starts to climb on me then stops I love her so much but I want to hold her and I’m a little nervous what should I do

Pavel says:

My Guinea pig liz Taylor def loves me! She loves her treats and kisses daddy (me) gives her. Loves play time and brings me so much joy ? love reading these posts!!

Christine Clarke says:

My two fur-babies are great! They definitely start “shouting” when its tea-time! One especially goes crazy running and jumping around his cage!! They both give me kisses and talk to me and one gets his self comfy and falls asleep on my chest

Cappuccino my guinea pig says:

My Lil piggies doas all or at least most of these he’s so sweet my little Angel! He’s on my lap rn!

Carole says:

My little man, Hudson, is so attached to me. I am retired and spoil him rotten. He loves it when my husband gives him attention, but let him hear or see me and it’s all over. He cries for his mom (me)!

Sarah Lynn says:

P.B. James and I have a fantastic relationship. He knows when he is getting his salad when I use a certain tone and he squeals and popcorns all around his cage. He doesn’t bite or nibble me. He climbs on me all the time. When he is scared he runs straight to me during his out of cage time. I never thought I’d love a GP as much as I love this guy. He really does make our house a home, and he brings so so much joy into my life!

Doreen Weed says:

My piggies was 2 years old when I adopted him. It didn’t take long to realize that he hadn’t been socialized. It took me 6 months to get him to accept me as his new ” mommy” but since he was my 3rd fur baby I got him to trust me in baby steps. Now that I’ve had him for 2 years I can say that keeping to a routine was helpful because he knew what to expect. I also got him a couple of toys to hide his favorite treats in gave him something to do as piggies can get bored easily and even get depressed like people. He especially likes it when I hold his romaine lettuce for him. I call him ” my little lawnmower “. If you’re thinking of getting a piggies do your research and make sure you want to make the commitment because they get very attached to their owners and adopt. There are hundreds of piggies shelters around the country because people think that they’re a pocket pet and they’re not. Love and patience goes a long way. I don’t know what I would do without him. He has brought me so much joy. I call him ” my little lawnmower ” because of the speed at which he eats his romaine lettuce out of my hand. I hope you have found this helpful.

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