Why do guinea pigs lick?


Have you ever noticed how your guinea pig likes to lick your fingers, hand or face? Have you ever caught your guinea pig licking itself or indeed another piggy? Well while this may seem a little strange, it's perfectly normal. In fact, in many cases it is a sign of affection!

Licking themselves

Guinea pigs love to groom themselves and licking is an effective way of giving themselves a little wash. No doubt you may have witnessed your piggy in an impressive yoga pose while attempting to hit the right spot! This is just like a human having a quick wipe with a flannel!

Licking other piggies

Being social little fur balls, guinea pigs also love to groom one another and again, this is perfectly normal. If this is happening frequently in your herd, this suggests they are very content with one another and enjoy each other's company.

Licking you

If your guinea pig starts licking you, this could be a very good sign that he or she likes you. It's generally regarded as a very affectionate gesture. In the same way that they show affection through grooming one another, they could well be attempting to groom you to!

Other reasons for giving you a lick

Guinea pigs may also lick you to lap up the salty taste on your skin. In this case, it's less affection, more exploiting your presence for a tasty snack! Likewise, they may detect the resonance of some food you may have been handling. Have you ever noticed how piggies may still be interested in your hand, even when all the herbs have been pillaged?!


All in all, guinea pig kisses, or licks, are a wonderful experience. Not all pets are so giving, so enjoy sharing this little intimate moment with your fur babies.