how do guinea pigs sleep

How Do Guinea Pigs Sleep?

It is easy to think that guinea pigs sleep like humans do.

But the truth is that they do sleep but in a different way to us.

Guinea pigs are not nocturnal animals they do not have long sustained periods of sleep.

How long do guinea pigs sleep for?

how do guinea pigs sleep

The periods guinea pigs sleep for are very short ranging from a few minutes to a few hours during the day or the night, they don’t usually discriminate.

These periods, are like human power naps, and then they wake to eat and drink before sleeping again or waking

They have to get up to eat because their bodies are built in such a way that they need to continuously eat.

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So how do guinea pigs sleep during this time?

Guinea pigs have the ability to sleep with their eyes open or closed.

But the thing is that they only sleep with their eyes closed when they feel totally safe.

Most of the time they will sleep with their eyes open because of their natural cautiousness. This is because they are prey animals, so they naturally expect the worst and are always keeping alert for any predators. It’s the way they survive in the wild.

Quite often if you see a guinea pig lying down in their cage, they may well be sleeping with their eyes open especially if they are very still.

So how do guinea pigs sleep with their eyes open?

They have naturally taught themselves to do this to be in a state of concious alertness despite being in a light state of sleep. This is so they can be ready to run in case of any approaching danger.

The thing I can relate it to is my wife has an ability to hear our children at night despite being asleep and wakes instantly she hears one of them cry. I, on the other hand, have totally switched off! She has a maternal alertness to them.

If you happen to catch them with their eyes closed this is a great sign that they are relaxed and feeling comfortable in their surroundings.

A complement to you!

28 thoughts on “How Do Guinea Pigs Sleep?

  1. My guinea pig’s first day.
    sir,
    i have a cage..
    n nothing else..
    how long should i take her out???
    n i cant arrange hay for her right now..
    is there some other subsequent for her teeth???
    pls pls pls do reply.
    thank u

    1. Hello,
      To answer your questions…

      .if you recently bought your guinea pig let it stay in the cage for 3-5 days to get used to it
      .its always better to have 2 guinea pigs because they will not be as happy alone
      .hay makes 80% of their diet and if they don’t get that their teeth will get longer which will lead them to a disability to eat which leads to death, you can find hay at your local pet store
      I Hope that helped you,
      Thank you,

    2. They have chews for the teeth. They are usually around 3- 5 bucks for 3. Its not good for their feet not having anything on the plastic. A blanket or towel could help them. Guinea pigs are social animals and need some attention. It is good for them to be out of the cage at least 15-20 minutes depending on how much time you have.

    1. What breed of piggie do you have? Shaving a piggie is not advisable as their hair is their natural way of keeping warm

    1. Well there are many tips you can find on the Internet. You didn’t specify what you want help with so just look up what you need.

  2. How do i know whether my guinea pig is a she or he? And then what is the best vegetables and pellets should i gave to it?

    1. Well to know if yours is a boy or girl look under it .
      and I prefer carrots apples and celery to.
      Hope this helps
      I hope you have a happy and healthy piggie!

      1. Check out the guinea pigs for beginners page one the site, which will give you some basic tips on feeding and taking care of your gp

  3. Hello,
    I’ve had my piggie for almost two months. He looks like he is gaining a lot of weight and I’m not sure if I’m feeding him too much or not. He gets a bowl of mixed food, handful of hay twice a day, two cupcake cracker treats and two or three yogurt treats. Do you think I should cut back on somethings? I don’t want him to be hungry.

    1. ur clearly feeding him too much treats. don’t feed them treats/sweets everyday. maybe twice or trice a week. I don’t feed my guinea pigs treats at all. just fruits twice or trice a week. but their fine. and make sure to give ur gp fresh vegrtables everyday.

  4. This is in respond to Luna. Yes my piggy gained weight too.. but … when I got her she was adopted by me. She was in bad shape and very stressed and underweight also. Not so today but I have noticed she is pretty chubby. I have asked about this and have been told its better to be alittle overweight rather than the other way. I am feeding my Squeakie exactly what you are. She is not much for separate treats but she goes crazy for veggies such as carrots, cucumber slices …she even likes seedless grapes and will eat a grape tomato if its broken up. If your piggy is getting plenty of water and a little exercise or playtime … I am sure he will be happy for a lifetime. By the way I am convinced a piggy makes a awesome pet that appreciates the love you give it.

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