Guinea pig finger holding

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Hello - I’ve tried to find info about this online but literally can’t find a thing.
More recently my guinea pig will run up to the side of the cage when he sees me and if I put my finger through he holds it in his mouth shortly - not even nipping just holding it.
Is there any significance to this behaviour. I’m not worried at all just curious if it’s a common thing or not :)
 

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Hi!

It is one of these personal quirks which make piggies so endearing characters. It is obviously his very own way of greeting you.

Finger tweaking (controlled biting without breaking the skin, or just) is generally a gesture of dislike/protest with a dominance note attached to it. During lap time it can also be used to signal the need to pee.

More information on this:
" Biting" And What You Can Do (Biting, Tweaking, Nibbling and Nipping)
Who is the boss - your guinea pig or you?
Thank you for this! I just read the article about tweaking before I posted - I wondered if it was that but he doesn’t do it to hurt me. Simply just holds it for a few seconds. I did wonder if perhaps it was just his way of saying hello 👋🏻
I’m going to read the second article now! Guineas are such interesting creatures.
 
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