Sunday, June 24, 2012

Help! My guinea pig won't stop wheeking!

Hi, humans, Lola here.

I'm cute. 
I'm going to do you a big favor and save you for weeks of headache, sleep loss and misery and explain something that will help you understand why your guinea pig might be wheeking in the middle of the night. 

You see, a few weeks ago, the humans decided that because the weather has been getting warmer, it would be a good idea to turn on the air conditioning unit in the living room. At night, they'd turn it on, feed us, and go to sleep in the human room (that one room of the apartment we are not allowed to enter).

Everything good so far, right? Wrong. The A/C makes a low humming sound that has been driving us absolutely bonkers. Nuts. Insane in the piggie membrane. We try to put up with it, but we can't sleep, and so on behalf of the rest of the guinea pigs I wheek and scream as loud as I can.

The humans wake up. Groggy, they stagger to our cage and throw some pellets our way. They check our water. They give is hay. The pellets usually distract me for a bit because, come on, pellets are awesome.

But they never address the root of the problem. And so we wheek again an hour later.

"What do you want from me?!" the humans plead. "Why are you doing this to me? I just want to sleep through the night without being woke up!!"

Yeah, well so would we! But that air conditioner is driving us crazy, and we can't sleep with it on! 

You would not believe how long it took the humans to realize what we've spent weeks trying to communicate to them. Stupid humans.

Anyway, now that they see how much we hate the sound of the air conditioner, they thankfully have learned to turn it off at night. Finally, we (all) can get some sleep.


  1. I want the guinea pigs of the world to know about this site...otherwise the dogs and cats will get all the top spots. A pet can become a Duke/Duchess, Earl/Countess etc. And the titles are associated to places e.g. a guinea pig could be the Viscount of New York and it would have that title forever...
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  2. HELP!! now my guinea pig really won't stop wheeking I gave her more pellets and hay but she won't stop wheeking. she is running around the cage like crazy she has a lot of water aready and the ac is off please HELP

  3. how do you tell if guinea pigs are domestic?

  4. All guinea pigs sold in the United States are technically domestic. The only non-domestic piggies are the ones bred for consumption in Pery, called "Cuy", and they are much larger than typical pet store guinea pigs.

    But out of the domestic types, there are over 10 different breeds:

    Lola and Broccoli are American shorthairs. Buffy is a texel.

  5. Have you tried giving your guinea pig supervised floor time? We try to allow one hour a day for floor time so that they can get exercise outside of the cage.