Those who own guinea pigs may have noticed that they are very active little critters, either eating, drinking or running around. When they do take a break, it isn’t for very long, and most of the time their eyes are open!!!
So when do guinea pigs sleep?
Guinea pigs aren’t nocturnal or diurnal, they are crepuscular which means that they come out at dusk and dawn. Since domesticated guinea pigs don’t have to worry about predators too much, they are often active at different times of the day, night 🌙 and mostly sleepy at noon. Guinea pigs only sleep for a few minutes at a time and on average manage about four hours each day.
Sparkles is completely relaxed because his eyes are half closed, even though he is out of his cage and I am nearby!
Do guinea pigs sleep with their eyes open?
In the wild guinea pigs would need to watch out for predators and keep on alert all the time. Therefore they needed to keep their eyes open while they slept. Guinea pigs secrete a milky white liquid which keeps their eyes moist and benefits them in which they don’t have to blink or to close their eyes while they sleep. Some, however, will close their eyes while they sleep and this means that they are completely relaxed! 👓
A piggie that closes its eyes while it is with you or out of its cage is a friendly, completely tame guinea pig.
Why don’t guinea pigs sleep like people do?
Guinea pigs are herbivores and herbivores must eat most of the time in order to gain enough nutrients to sustain them. A guinea pigs body is built in such a way that it has to eat to sustain itself and as such it must take short bursts of sleep to get enough of both. So between sleeping, eating and playing, and guinea pigs day is taken up! 🌞