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Guinea Pig Daytime and Nighttime Behavior

Find out the best time to handle your guinea pig.

By Audrey Pavia

Guinea pigs are most active at night. That’s when they do most of their eating and exercising.

This doesn’t mean they sleep all day, though. They will take long naps during the day, but will wake up and eat and interact with you or their cage mates for a while before going back to sleep.

The best time to handle and play with guinea pigs is in the evening. This is when they are most alert and receptive to interacting. You can also handle guinea pigs during the day when you see they are awake, although they may be less interactive at this time.

Posted: April 2, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT


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our piggies sleep when we sleep and play during the day.
meghan, saskatoon, SK
Posted: 3/30/2012 10:57:07 PM
My guinea pig likes to be held in the morning right after I wake up. That is when she is the calmest and the easiest to hold. After I go to Bed I can hear her drinking, squeaking,and running around.
HELLO, Hello
Posted: 10/25/2009 10:53:11 AM
Yep...my pig is a LOT more friendly in the evening. Great article!
Pet lover, Peoria, IL
Posted: 7/8/2009 12:07:35 PM
this was a interesting article
crystal, mililani, HI
Posted: 12/2/2008 12:25:06 PM
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