Do Guinea Pigs Like Music?
Guinea pigs have been our trusty house pets for centuries, but the question remains – do they like music? There is no straightforward answer when it comes to guinea pig preferences, but we have some good insights into their attitude towards music.
Various studies have been conducted to investigate guinea pigs’ reactions to music. Scientists have found that these animals seem to be quite sensitive to sound and there has been some evidence to suggest they will respond to musical pieces.
In The Real World
Due to the small sample size of research into guinea pigs, we turn to observed behavior in order to really understand if our beloved pet rodents love music.
Generally speaking, most guinea pigs seem to enjoy the sound of music if it is played in a calm and soothing way. They often appear to become relaxed and even seem to snuggle up when a soft song is playing. This suggests that guinea pigs may enjoy being calmed by music.
How Do They React?
When it comes to music and guinea pigs, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. We can, however, make some generalizations based on observed behaviour:
- Classical Music: Guinea pigs have been seen to be generally less active and more relaxed when listening to classical music.
- Rock Music: Rock music can often be too loud and aggressive for guinea pigs – making them pay more attention, but not in a very positive way.
- Loud Noises: Guinea pigs don’t generally like loud or sudden noises and this can cause them to become scared or distressed.
The jury is still out on whether or not guinea pigs enjoy music, but our observations and research have suggested that they may not dislike it. At the very least, music may soothe them and act as a form of comfort – particularly when soft and calming classical pieces are used.