Why does my guinea pig jump and twitch

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Hamster and Cheese by Colleen A.F. Venable

Theres a sandwich thief in Mr. Venezis pet shop, and everyone is a suspect, from the chinchillas to the goldfish. Never fear! The worlds fluffiest detective on the case: Sasspants, PI(G). By day, Sasspants is your average book-loving, gizmo-inventing guinea pig. By night she solves pet shop mysteries with the help of her sidekick, Hamisher the hamster. Our furry little heroes will stop at nothing to find the sandwich thief! This is the first book in the Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series.
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My Guinea pig is twitching

Not unlike some cats do after a snort of catnip, guinea pigs -- without pignip -- will sometimes up and zip around their available space really fast, be it their enclosure or a secure pen. Such behavior could indicate a number of emotions, from pure joy to apprehension.
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By lauramottram April 23, in Sheffield Pet Owners. It means he's a very happy piggy It is scary, when I first saw mine doing it I thought they were fitting! Guinealynx describes it as - Young guinea pigs will often break out in a joyous bouquet of romps and jumps, prompting some owners to wonder if their pets are experiencing seizures. The hind legs are thrown skyward and the little pigs jump crazily about. As your pig gets older, the jumps and hops will lessen but an old pig can still give an unexpected twitch if it feels like it. Years ago I studied biochemistry, and was particularly interested in the chemistry of serotonin and it's precursors, including something called 5-HTP, which is turned in to serotonin in the body. One story I heard and later read it in a book by a chap called Harold Klawans was that when guinea pigs were injected with 5-HTP, they bounced.

No verb is missing. Have you ever been so happy that you jumped for joy? These can happen in mid-stride while running or from a standing position. Often the guinea pig changes direction and squeaks. They can look like a bucking bronco sometimes. When people see it for the first time, some think that the guinea pig is suffering a seizure.

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'Popcorning' is the name for an unusual behaviour that many guinea pigs exhibit, which A common question asked by owners is 'why do guinea pigs jump?'.
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Some cavies will throw themselves straight up in the air, while some will alternately kick their front and back legs out, almost like a bucking bronco. Often they will make a squeaking sound at the same time. Popcorning is particularly common in young babies, and is something that both boars and sows do. Adult guinea pigs popcorn as well, although generally not as often, and they don't jump as high as the youngsters. The name comes from the fact that when your cavies are running and jumping around suddenly, they look a lot like a piece of popcorn bursting in a pan! Other names for it include pogoing, pronking, pronging, and stotting.

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