Why do Guinea pigs purr?
Guinea pigs are small animals belonging to the species of rats or rodents. Otherwise known as cavy, its name does not at all relate to its origin. This highly domesticated animal is not found in the wild portions of nature and is primarily enjoyed by many Western societies as their pet. As early as 5000 BC, guinea pigs were already domesticated in the land of Andes in South America. As the existence of guinea pig dominated through the ancient history, it served many purposes. In Peru, guinea pigs were deemed to praised and worshipped as part of their artistic culture of animal belief. In Spain, the varied breeds of the animal became a source of food while in some customs; guinea pigs were given as gifts, as part of religious practice, used in metaphors and even in healing practices. As the animal was transported to Europe, they were considered exotic animals that they became pets of royalties in the place.
As guinea pigs were observed and extensively studied, it was discovered that this animal prodice several kinds of sounds. Among the identified were wheeking, rumbling, purring, shrieking, whining, muttering, teeth chattering and chirping. However, many have been interested on its purring sound. A purring sound is produced by guinea pigs when they are in a state of enjoyment or pleasure. This may sound like a mating noise or called as rumble sound but this sound does not necessarily entail that the guinea pig is mating. Eating can also cause the guinea pig to purr since it has satisfied its hunger and is happy and contented of what it has ingested.
Today, many people have been opting to make guinea pigs as their pet because taking care of this animal is easy, fun and definitely interesting.