Skip to main content

How to tell if your guinea pig loves you – some ways may surprise you

These are the signs your guinea pig loves you as much as you love him

We know how much we love our pets. The question is if they love us, too. It can be tricky to tell how animals feel since they can’t tell us about their moods. But that doesn’t mean we can’t ever figure out what’s in the minds of our furry friends.

Guinea pigs in particular make a lot of interesting noises and show postures that help us decipher their thoughts and feelings. By paying close attention to your little guy and learning a bit about how he thinks, you can get a pretty good sense of his inner goings-on. And you won’t have to watch very long to confirm that your guinea pig loves you.

Mom and daughter play with their guinea pig

Watch how he reacts to you

There’s one easy way to tell if your piggy loves you: he’ll squeal with delight when you walk in and rush to your side. Once you’ve bonded with a small pet, he looks to you for treats and snuggles. He’ll want your love and affection just as he gives it in return. You should be able to figure out if he enjoys being held and stroked — look especially for him to climb onto you and attempt to follow you, either with his body or with his eyes if he’s securely in his cage.

Guinea pig eats a cucumber from his human's hand

Pay attention to his sounds

You can learn a lot by listening a little. Guineas in particular make some weird noises, many of which are counterintuitive. A quick series of purrs, for example, often signals stress or anxiety, while a long humming purr conveys contentment. Every critter is different too, so after you study up, you’ll need to pay close attention to your particular pet to get a good sense of who he is. In general, though, a guinea pig who seems to want to talk to you loves you. A lot of chatter is a good thing, even if it’s a bit much sometimes.

Little boy pets his guinea pig while it sits on his lap

Monitor his habits

We know that owning an animal companion means wading through a lot of bathroom material. As with many other creatures, you should track his digestive system (both in and out, unfortunately) to look for signs of illness. You’d be surprised how much this will tell you about your pet since even a little stress can cause him to suffer poo problems. Giving treats will bond the two of you and keep him happy to see you, so his response to his snacks should give you some good intel, too.

A happy guinea pig hangs out in the grass

Watch him play

A happy pet is a playful pet. Seeing your animal engage with his toys and enjoy exercise indicates that he’s happy and well cared for. Along these lines, keep him well-stocked with objects providing enrichment like chew toys, tunnels, and balls. It doesn’t take long for our tiny friends to get bored, which is why we have to frequently offer them new objects and mix it up for them. When they feel good, they’ll chew quickly through every new offering — that’s OK. It just means they’re acting like a normal guinea pig.

Guinea pig lies on a bed with a bow on her head

Give him space when he needs it

Even the best of friends sometimes want a little space from each other. Don’t take it too hard if your furry friend wriggles out of your grasp every now and then — just give him a minute to hide in his cage until he comes to you on his own. Still, do watch for signs that your piggy has not acclimated properly to human touch. He’ll need to be handled every single day to maintain his love of people and his bond with you. Lastly, while very gentle nips might be affectionate, a biting pet requires more serious intervention and training. 

A brown guinea pig sitting on a table near purple flowers

Give it time

Bonding with an animal takes time, and he might not take to you instantly. In fact, we recommend giving new additions to your home some room for the first couple of days while they acclimate. Then start approaching with food and offering your hand for a few pats after his meal. Eventually, you’ll graduate to full-on petting and holding (although some small pets don’t like to be picked up, ever). Pretty soon, your animal will adore being held and will rush to be let out of his cage every time he sees you come in. Then you’ll be sure that he loves you.

Editors' Recommendations

Rebekkah Adams
Rebekkah’s been a writer and editor for more than 10 years, both in print and digital. In addition to writing about pets…
Disgusted by the idea of adopting a pet rat? 8 facts that could change your mind
Pet rat sits on little girl's shoulder

Not into the idea of a pet rat? Hear us out. While they might not be at the very top of your must-own list, rats can make fantastic pets for the right person. They have great personalities, learn quickly, and bond to humans. One day you think you would never let vermin in your house, and the next you find your place overflowing with rodent treats. If you're willing to put aside your preconceived notions for a minute, take a look through these eight reasons to adopt a cute rat into your home.

Are pet rats just like hamsters?
Well, not exactly, but they do have a lot in common. For starters, they both belong to the rodent family and share many traits, especially those big chompers. However, you will discover a few key differences. One thing that might surprise you is that rats are easier to train and can learn some pretty extensive tricks that might elude your hammie. 
How long will a rat live?
Like a hamster, a rat will live for about two to three years, but it really depends on how well you take care of the little critter. Of course, that's assuming you get a Norway rat, since there are lots of other kinds that are sometimes kept as pets.

Read more
Is my rabbit pregnant? 5 telltale signs you should know
Look for these signs to confirm your rabbit will soon have babies
Baby rabbit being held by owner

What's better than one pet rabbit? An entire litter of bunnies (as long as you're prepared for them, of course). If you've been wondering, "Is my rabbit pregnant?" now is the time to find out for sure. After all, you don't want to be caught unaware and suddenly have a whole new colony of animals in your hutch.

Sometimes, lady bunnies can take on the behaviors of expectant mamas, but it's actually a false pregnancy. The best way to find out if your rabbit is pregnant is to take her to the vet and have them confirm it. However, when you're figuring it out herself, these are the signs that a rabbit is pregnant. If you see these behaviors, be sure to call your animal doctor.

Read more
Can rabbits see color? The answer just might surprise you
Woman holding white rabbit

We know that rabbits see extremely well, but does your bunny see in color like you or at all? Even though it's quite tricky to decipher rabbit affection signs so as to bond with them, a lot of people still like to get themselves this pet because they're furry little wonders. And if ever there was an animal who has a 360-degree view of the world, it’s the rabbit. These sweet, cuddly creatures have eyes strategically positioned high on the sides of their head so they can see what’s going on around them. Except for a small blind spot directly in front of its nose, rabbits have an enormous field of vision.

But is a rabbit’s vision similar to ours? When they look around, do they see images with clarity and color like we do? Not really. Although we’d like to think our furry friends relate to the world visually like we do, rabbits’ eyes function differently -- and that includes how they see color.  

Read more