Guinea pig won't stop squeaking


Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:03 am

I got a guinea pig five days ago. her name is Koochi. she is 2 months old.
at first she was very shy and she wouldn't even come out of her hide place. but now it appears she's got used to us and comes and goes out of her hide place.
for the first few days, i put food in her cage in a bowel and she would eat them all. I would also hand feed her and she would eat food from my hand too.
but now she doesn't eat food from her bowel at all and she only wants to be hand feeded. and bcz of that, she won't stop squeaking!she's constantly squeaking. i think it is only related to food, cause when i want to give her attnetion and touch her, she rans away as usual.
everytime she hears footsteps, she starts squeaking.everytime sometimes comes into room, she starts squeaking. she's just unstoppable. at first it was cute, but now that I haven't slept in 2 days, it's losing its charm.
what should i do to get her to stop squeaking and whistling?

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Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:16 am

Can someone please move this to Cavy Chat?

She is probably squeaking because she is hungry and it sounds like she is not getting enough food. Guinea pigs need to eat 24/7. Does she have plenty of grass hay at all times? What kind of food were you feeding her in her bowl? Maybe the food has spoiled, or become moldy?

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Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:26 am

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Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:28 am

she has plenty of grass.
the food in the bowel contains tomato, carrot, cucumber, veggies. they're not spoiled. i've changed them. but still she barely eat from them and instead spend all her time squeaking around.

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Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:29 am

Are you feeding pellets as well?

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Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:51 am

Do you have access to hay and guinea pig pellets there in Iran? If you do, they would be better than giving too much fresh produce.


Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:12 pm

I actually don't have access to pellets. but i give her a lot of hay. yet she always starts whistling as soon as she hears footsteps or sees someone enter the room. and i've realized she won't stop unless i give her lettuce. but i don't want to give her too much lettuce, cause i've heared too much wont be good for them. but she's leaving me no choice! today at 7 am while my father was going to work, she heard his footsteps from outside the room and started whistling and woke everyone up. she didn't stop till my father gave her a lettuce. I've tried giving her other things beside lettuce, but she doesn't eat them therefor those things wont stop her from whistling.

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Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:36 pm

Well, you're the one who gives her the food -- she can't go get the lettuce herself. But if you're going to continue to do that, start saving money now for expensive vet bills, as her molars will overgrow and trap her tongue if she doesn't get enough hay. And I'm guessing that rodent dentists are nonexistent where you are.

If you had a child, would you give it candy everytime it cried for it? I didn't think so. Neither should you give this pig lettuce every time it wheeks for it. If you feed veggies on a regular basis at the same time of day, she'll learn the schedule, and stop wheeking so much.

But I still say you should totally stop the vegetables until she learns to eat hay. And you should definitely be supplementing her with vitamin C.


Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:05 pm

as I said, she has unlimited suply of hay. but that doesn't stop her from squeaking. when she sees someone or hears footsteps, she stops everything she's doing and whistle as much as she can.
will try feeding her on schedule and not giving her lettuce.
also, if i stop feeding her veggies, how can i supply her vitamin c?! (& she really dislikes tomamto) seeing the way she is now (not eating anything beside hay and lettuce and only some kinds of vegtables) i doubt she's ever gonna eat vitamin c pills.

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Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:27 pm

Crush a plain vitamin C pill, roll it up in a bit of lettuce, like a cigarette, and feed it to her.

It will take her a while to stop wheeking for food, because you've taught her to wheek by feeding her every time she does. Just ignore the wheeking and only feed her on a schedule. And feed her VERY few, if any, veggies until she starts eating hay.

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Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:00 pm

What kind of hay are you able to get? Does she have a constant supply of fresh water? It sounds like she doesn't have a cage mate. Could she be missing having a guinea pig friend?

I have my girls on a schedule like bpatters is suggesting. They only beg for greens and pellets in the morning and the evening and are content for the rest of the day. They do have unlimited hay.

Try giving her the greens at a certain time 2 or 3 times a day and offering a handful of hay if she begs at other times.

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Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:25 pm

Do you only have one guinea pig? When I got my first piggie (only several months ago! But I've learned a lot with help from this site), she was alone, and used to squeak a ton whenever I came in the room, and whenever I tried to leave. I would try to placate her with food, but it didn't work too well. I finally realized she just seemed anxious and lonely--the behavior stopped as soon as I got her a larger cage and a friend to go with it :). If she's not just wheeking for food, she may just want more attention in general (even if she still runs away from you).

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Post   » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:07 pm

I agree with Red252 it sounds like she is lonely, and instead of just socializing with her (which is probably what she wants is to see a familiar face) you're feeding her lettuce. Well of course she will stop squeaking because now she has a distraction away from her trying to communicate to you that she's lonely and stressed out. My advice would be get her pellets, some toys to chew on, give her plenty of lap time to get to know you, get her a friend, and feed her on A SCHEDULE. Whatever you do, don't feed her at any time between those feedings for a while, I say give it a few months. My girls know exactly when its time to eat and when its not time. They may be little, but they know what they want.

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Post   » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:21 am

If you give her lettuce to quiet her down every time she hears footsteps, you are enforcing the very behavior you don't want. I learned this the hard way by giving my first guinea pig (Rufus) a treat every time he chewed on the cage bars. Soon he was chewing them all the time, expecting a treat! He even had us getting up in the middle of the night!

I agree with PiggieMom56 about feeding on a schedule. I have been doing this with all of my pigs since Rufus and it works quite well. Now they only wheek at feeding time. When they are young they get more excited and wheek more often and louder, in my experience, so she may calm down as she ages too.

Also, I agree about getting her a friend to keep her company and distract her from the footsteps.


Post   » Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:09 am

For all you saying its her fault for not having a feeding schudule I find that to be dishonest

I have had my piggy since he was a baby he is about 4 months old and I only feed him fresh veggies twice a day. He always has pellets and always has hay. He squeaks whenever he hears someone.. specially plastic bags lol

I came online to see why he never stops chirping and beggin for food he already has.. to see this forum... I do not think its due to lack of schudle

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Post   » Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:45 am

"For all you saying its her fault for not having a feeding schudule I find that to be dishonest"

Calling the posters on this thread, "dishonest" is a faux pas on your part. This forum is for people to share their experiences with others. What works for one, may not work for another, but no one is intentionally deceiving anyone else here. Obviously, giving a guinea pig treats every time he/she wheeks for food, is the way to have him/her keep wheeking until he/she gets what he/she wants, thus promoting more wheeking.

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Post   » Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:43 am

Yes. This is a psychological issue. Behavioral conditioning, I think it's called. It happens with people and also with animals (has been scientifically proven).


Post   » Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:50 am

Mine are on a schedual for greens and pelits. They have unlimited hay. I dont have any issues with wheeking for food as a result. My pigs are a pair called chock and spike. Finding chocks cage mate really braught him out of his shell and he has someone to play and snuggle up with when he wants to for when i cant always give time if i have a busy day.


Post   » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:44 am

Luckily, this is something I've gone through, but kinda in a different way. First of all, you should invest in some pellets, my guinea pigs loved it so much, that I had to take it away just so they would eat the hay again. Secondly, to me, it sounds like you have one guinea pig. I would highly recommend bonding it unless you want to take the risk of a guinea pig death. I say this because I hear if you have another guinea pig, and they like to eat hay, it should influence the first one to eat as well, just from the habit of "I want what they have".
Stop feeding it lettuce, it is not good for them is it becomes a main food supply. Beg your family to put up with the squealing because if you respond to the negative behavior, the guinea pig thinks it's fine and knows it can have lettuce whenever it wants. instead of spoiling it, ignore it. Even though it might be annoying, I've been there to, and it was worth it in the end.
If your guinea pig prefers to be hand fed, I think that's awesome, they must love you and trust you, so do what is best for them. Get some pellets, stop feeding them lettuce And other human vegetables, and hand feed them if needed.


Post   » Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:55 am

Since this also relates to the topic, can someone help me?
My guinea pig is non stop squealing, her original cage mate died just a bit more than a week ago, we took so long to get a new one because on the third week I changed my mind on rehoming her, but now I have a new one, 8 months old. We bonded them, I already knew my original one, whose name is Chippy, would be the non-dominant, and I was right, because the 8-month-old baby, S'mores, was very bossy. There was no fighting because Chippy was submissive, but ever since we changed the bedding and put them both in the cage, Chippy has been nonstop squealing. Their water is full and they have easy access to it, they have pellets, and they have hay. Chippy and S'mores sit next to the hay all day, and I'm not sure if they move unless to get water. Has anyone had something like this happen, because I am beginning to lose sleep over it, and I do have school.

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