Guinea pigs are incredibly unique animals and are among the most popular small house pets. However, there is one interesting thing about them, and that is their activity habits. There is more to Guinea Pigs than just pellets and a cage. These adorable animals have some interesting habits when it comes to play-time or activities in and out of their cage.
Are guinea pigs active pets or are they pets that cuddle without much movement? It is a fact that these domesticated rodents have a normal pet behavior and moderate movements. They can be somewhat active, moving and running around, and at other times they might also be resting for long periods of time. In conclusion, the guinea pig has moderate, normal physical activity and movements that other pets have.
The Guinea Pigs can be considered perfect pets. Their behavior is incredibly suitable for a home environment. They could be running around energetically, especially when you change locations of their toys or food, or if you change something inside their cage.
At other times, they might surprise you with their relaxing and sedentary moods, especially when they cuddle in your arms and when they are less energized for running and playing. Having this as a pet comes with its own perks, since they are not high maintenance, and they are incredibly adorable and fun to have around.
Is There a Difference in Activity Between Male Guinea Pigs and Female Guinea Pigs?
When it comes to behavior and activity, it seems that both male and female can be extremely active, but at the same time they can be sedentary for many hours. The activity level of a guinea pig is not so precisely linked to their gender, as it is linked to their personality and the owner’s personality and behavior towards them.
The majority of people who have guinea pigs as pets claim that males tend to be somewhat active and even violent sometimes, however, this behavior is similarly seen in the females as well.
What is even more interesting is that some people noticed their male guinea pigs are quite lazy, when at the same time the females are extremely active and running around. This female guinea pig behavior is logical – females tend to be more curious, active and on guard due to their maternal instinct of protecting the offspring. In conclusion, the females tend to be more edgy and jumpy when touched because of this. Males tend to have a more lazy and sedentary moments compared to female guinea pigs.
Are Guinea Pigs More Active During the Night or Day?
The guinea pigs are quite similar to us humans. They are quite active in the daytime, and they rest at night. In comparison to hamsters which are nocturnal, the Guinea Pigs are resting and sleeping most of the night.
As an owner, you can freely interact and play with the guinea pig since their resting schedule resembles our own schedule. They behave similarly to us humans when it comes to sleep time. If you are away, they use that time to rest, and when you are at home, they are normally aware of this, even if they are not overly active.
Guinea pigs rarely get up during nighttime hours, and when they do, it is for their toilet needs and to nibble a bite or two, then they go back to sleep.
There is one thing to remember when it comes to their sleeping and waking hours – they get up in almost the same time every single day. For Guinea pigs, any sound you make in the morning is a sign for waking up. It can be TV or music while you get ready for the day, opening the fridge or preparing coffee, they see this as a time for waking up. In case you oversleep, you won’t notice them being woken up. They get easily accustomed to meal hours, so if you feed them every day at the same time over and over, they will adjust to this and even remind you when it is meal time. To let you know they are hungry, they will start moving more or running around the cage actively.
What Is a Normal Guinea Pig Behavior?
The guinea pigs are quite simple; they have a few patterns of behavior that an owner learns to interpret instantly.
When they need food, they make cute and sad sounds, like quiet weeping. Also, they stand up on their hind legs to move to signal urgency for food, and they look straight in the direction of their owner. Expect them to be very active and moving when hungry.
When a guinea pig is happy or wants something from you, it can’t stop moving; running laps, jumping a bit, turning constantly, and this is mostly seen in the younger ones, whereas the older ones like to rest more.
An interesting guinea pig behavior is ‘freezing’. They freeze without moving even a little bit when they think there is a danger or when they hear an unknown sound. When afraid, they are motionless and this is part of their defense mechanism in the wild because they need to be inactive, otherwise they are easy prey.
If the guinea pig is restless when you hold it, those movements signal a need to go to the bathroom, or perhaps they are held too tight. If it tosses its head back, the guinea pig is trying to tell you that it’s not in the mood for petting.
A really pleasant behavior of the guinea pigs is their yawning and stretching. They do these two activities at the same time, and it means they are relaxed, well rested and happy.
They sleep with eyes closed when they are 100% sure they are safe and relaxed, and rarely, you will notice they sleep with eyes half-open, to be alert for possible dangers, and this means they are somewhat active even when they sleep!
Can Guinea Pigs Be Hyperactive and Why?
Guinea pigs can be hyperactive and they display this in certain hours. Usually, they are most hyperactive in the morning because they associate this time of the day with feeding. However, they are often hyperactive before bedtime at night, because they are hungry or in the mood for playing. The nighttime hyperactivity does not last long, and they quickly cuddle up to sleep, alone or with their partner.
During the normal daytime hours, they are not so hyperactive and like to take naps every now and then. So, keep in mind, if you like to play with the guinea pig, and you don’t have time in the morning or during the day, the best time is the evening or right before bed. Then, their alertness is amazing at those hours.
In the daytime hours, they are also alert, but their energy levels are not too high and they are not so interactive with the owner. They should rest and nap in the daytime so that they get enough energy to play before they sleep at night.
The Guinea Pig Has a Unique Temperament and Needs Company
As we mentioned earlier, this animal is moderately active, with lots of movements and lots of resting at the same time. These cuties love socializing, even though they might appear lazy or a bit shy sometimes.
If you have just one Guinea Pig, have in mind that you need to play with it almost all the time, because this animal is really into socializing. It is even much better to keep 2 of them because they need a partner next to them for socializing. If you keep more than one, ensure they are both the same sex – in case you are not up for looking after newborns. The best thing you can do is have two males, but expect them to fight quite often unless you neuter them. The other great option is the two females that won’t fight so much. Eventually, you can have male and female both, but only neutered.
These animals have a normal temper and could be strange at first, but that simply means they are shy in their new home and with their new owner – this is normal in new and unknown environments, right? Sometimes, they could bite, but with proper care and constant playing, they’ll get to know you better and will become happy and comfortable with you.
The cute fluffy guinea pigs are quiet most of the time, and they rarely make sounds. However, when they do make a sound, it can be loud considering their small size, and it even sounds like calling out, which can be incredibly cute and funny. And, expect the guinea pig to be active at any time during the day or night, but mostly at dawn and dusk, so don’t be scared if they call out when you sleep or rest.
The good thing about these rodents is that they are perfect for kids as well, and every family member can play with them, but only with gentle movements and proper handling.