Do Guinea Pigs Sleep With Their Eyes Open?

Guinea pigs are popular pets all over the world. They are adorable and cuddly and need a minimum amount of care overall. But one thing about them might be confusing: do guinea pigs sleep with their eyes open?

Do Guinea pigs sleep with their eyes open?

As a whole, guinea pigs can sleep with their eyes partially open due to their unique eye structure, which allows them to stay alert to potential dangers in their environment. However, they still need to close their eyes and enter a deeper state of sleep to get the rest they need. If you notice any unusual behavior, consult with a veterinarian.

Read on to learn why and how guinea pigs sleep with their eyes open.

Do Guinea Pigs Sleep?

Yes, guinea pigs do sleep and need several hours of rest each day to stay healthy. They often take short naps and longer sleeps, especially during the day

It may appear that guinea pigs do not sleep, but this is not the case. Small naps that only last a few minutes at a time make up guinea pigs’ daily sleep schedule. Guinea pigs usually doze off while standing on their hind legs with their eyes open.

If you observe your guinea pig and see that he is standing in the same place without moving, he is most likely dozing off while standing on his feet.

Guinea pigs will occasionally take a short nap by lying down or burrowing in their bedding, but only if they are sure that no harm will come to them. In order to keep an eye out for predators, they have developed a habit of sleeping on their feet.

Guinea pigs have a lot of energy while they are awake. Therefore, they must sleep to maintain this activity level throughout the day.

Guinea pigs take short naps both during the day and at night. In between these short naps, they are awake and busy. A guinea pig living with you for an extended period may eventually become used to your routine, becoming calmer and more submissive in the evening and preferring to sleep when you do.

When they fall asleep, guinea pigs sleep either standing up or in a posture that makes it easy for them to get up and move about rapidly. They keep their eyes half or fully open and will notice any nearby movement that might rouse them up and cause them to run.

They won’t be so curled up and fast asleep if they don’t feel comfortable and secure. If guinea pigs are housed in a cage with one another, they may choose to sleep curled together because doing so allows them to draw strength from one another and helps them feel more secure.

Why Your Guinea Pig May Feel Unsafe?

If your guinea pig sleeps with its eyes open often, it doesn’t mean that something is wrong or feels unsafe. It only indicates that they believe it beneficial to be alert in the circumstances in which they find themselves.

You can’t change a lot of things about your environment. For instance, your guinea pig could be upset at the sound of sirens passing across the street, but there’s not much you can do about it.

However, there are many more aspects that are mostly under your control. The following environmental elements can reduce guinea pig stress. If you do that for them, you can give them the impression that they are safe enough to sleep with their eyes closed from time to time.

1.     Maintaining a Warm Environment

The fact that guinea pigs can tolerate a wide variety of temperatures does not indicate that they enjoy such temperatures. The ideal temperature range for cavies is between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so aim to maintain that in your house.

2.     Minimize Noise

It is not necessary to soundproof your home, but it is helpful to be aware of noise levels in your environment. You should try to maintain the cage for your guinea pig in the most peaceful portion of your home. Also, remember to keep the door closed to minimize the additional noise that enters.

3.     Healthy Diet

When it comes to happiness, nothing beats a pig with a full belly. If your guinea pig isn’t getting enough food, it can make them more anxious and stressed.

4.     Give Them a Safe Space

The world is a huge and complicated place. Therefore, they need a shelter or some other hiding place within their dwelling where they may go to feel protected and safe.

Can Guinea Pigs Blink?

Yes, guinea pigs can blink, which is an important reflex for protecting and moisturizing their eyes. However, due to their eye placement, they may not blink in the same way as humans.

Your guinea pig blinks occasionally, but you may not notice. When their eyes dry, they blink to restore moisture and wash away the dust.

They blink far less frequently than humans and less frequently than certain other animals do. This is because they have eyelids and eyelashes, both of which serve to keep their eyes moister for a longer period while also protecting them from dust and debris.

Do Guinea Pigs Sleep With Their Eyes Open?

When Do Guinea Pigs Sleep With Their Eyes Closed?

On occasion, you can notice that your four-legged friend is closing his eyes, either entirely or partially. Guinea pigs can close their eyes, and they will do so if they are convinced that they are in an environment that is both secure and pleasant. In other words, if your pet sleeps with his eyes closed, he trusts you.

What’s The Duration of Guinea Pigs Sleep With Open Eyes?

Guinea pigs usually sleep for a few minutes with their open eyes. Their body stops moving, and they take their nap.


It is normal for guinea pigs to have their eyes open. They also sleep with their eyes closed, much like people do (in rare cases). The truth is that they naturally have the capacity to sleep with their eyes open. This phenomenon can help them to avoid any predators.

Rick Matthews

Hello, I am Rick Matthews, I have helped raise 100's of pets in my life living with my Father who while we did not live on a farm, raised all sorts of animals to sell them to families. We had so many different pets we all quickly became experts intending to them and helping them stay healthy. Back then we did not have the internet to look up thing on how to take care of their kids. As my kids got older, they wanted pets and of course, I did not want to have as many as we did when I was a child, but wanted to share my experiences. Many of these articles are written to help educate families on what to expect when looking to get a new pet for their children.

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