Guinea pigs often keep their eyes open while they sleep. They do sometimes close them during deep sleep or while particularly relaxed and comfortable. Keeping their eyes open while sleeping helps guinea pigs stay alert and safe from harm.
Guinea pigs do not sleep for long periods at a time, preferring short naps throughout the day. When they sleep, they typically rest their heads on their front paws and may stretch out their hind legs, then remain motionless. Eye injuries and infections are common in guinea pigs, so a guinea pig that closes its eyes too frequently or shows signs of eye irritation should be examined by a veterinarian.Learn More
Guinea pigs are natural swimmers but may not appreciate being put into the water. They will swim if forced by being placed in water but often find it distressing.Full Answer >
Guinea pigs, also known as cavies, do not have tails. They have round-shaped bodies and short legs, and are furry and sociable creatures. There are a variety of different guinea pig breeds with different coat lengths and colors.Full Answer >
Guinea pigs can safely eat apples. Because apples are acidic and contain natural fruit sugars, they should be fed infrequently and in small amounts. An appropriate portion is one slice of apple once or twice weekly.Full Answer >
Bananas are on the list of safe foods for guinea pigs to eat. Because bananas are high in sugar, they should only be occasional snacks, however.Full Answer >