Sleeping pigs...

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Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2002 2:56 am

Now, this may seem like a monumentally idiotic question, however, I´ve been wondering, do guinea pigs sleep with their eyes open or closed?

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Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2002 5:56 am

CLOSED!!! But... it´s hard to catch! Good luck! LOL

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Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2002 8:20 am

I think it depends on the pig. Some pigs never seem to close their eyes -- others can be caught sleeping with their eyes closed. I remember someone from CG calling it "ranger sleeping" -- always keeping some awareness of what is going on. I guess the pigs that Pinta found playing dead (to the world) weren´t too concerned with what was going on around them.
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Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2002 10:33 am

One of our pigs was dead to the world a while back, and it kind of scared me, but she was just sleeping. Eyes closed - something I had never seen before.


Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2002 11:56 am

LOL..... I had to chuckle at this one because I´ve WANTED to ask the question but I could see everyone´s eyes rolling and thinking, "Pahlezzzze Girlfriend!" Then one day, my goodness! I was snuggling with my little ChiChi before I got her a playmate and while she was purrrrrrring, she closed her little eyes and sweetly drifted off to sleep. Awwww... it was so sweet. HOWEVER, now that I have a second "daughter" who is a total little minx and forever getting into mischief, I haven´t seen ChiChi close her little eyes since then!! Both of them seem to keep a very OPEN eye on me all the time now, like maybe that´s going to stop me from catching them for my hugs and smoochies I rarely get now!! LOL....... :)

Tara Kate

Post   » Sat Jan 05, 2002 9:17 pm

ah they indeed sleep with thir eyes closed.


Post   » Sun Jan 06, 2002 1:25 am

How cute!

Thanks for the comments and not making me feel like a total looney!



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Post   » Mon Jan 07, 2002 11:02 am

Mine sleep with their eyes closed, but sometimes they seem entranced and I wonder if they´ve nodded off but are still "alert" or pretending to be, eyes open.

It´s so cute to watch Jules fall asleep. Just like a baby.


Post   » Mon Jan 07, 2002 3:21 pm

I´ve never caught the girls with their eyes shut, but my first pig would often completely flop out, eyes closed, and not move until you were right next to him freaking out because you thought he wasn´t just asleep.


Post   » Sat Jan 12, 2002 12:05 am

I´ve never seen my piggies with their eyes shut either. To be honest, until reading this topic I didn´t know they did close their eyes!


Post   » Sat Jan 12, 2002 6:38 pm

Horse sleep while they stand up when they just take a nap. When they want to sleep "hard", they lie down.

I guess it´s the same with pigs. Most of my pigs sleep with their eyes open when I´m doing stuff around, but you can tell they are still somewhat alert. When they are in a deep sleep, their eyes are closed.

One of my pigs (he died last summer) used to freak me out. He always slept like a dog, all curled up with the chin resting near the back legs. Sometimes, he´d roll over a bit, his eyes would roll in the back of his head and his tongue hung out to the side of his mouth. Do I need to tell you how freaked out I was when I turned around and he was like that? The poor pig probably died from a heart attack after I woke him up screaming and shaking him so many times.


Post   » Sat Jan 12, 2002 7:05 pm

LOL - E that is a very graphic image couldn´t help but picture it. I´ve done the same thing with my Pug Dee-O-Gee as they sometimes stop breathing and he is a very old dog.


Post   » Sat Jan 12, 2002 7:21 pm

Yeah, Evangeline, that makes sense. That´s why I was a little curious because there are times when they are just spacing out and I´ll pet their head and all of a sudden they jerk and realize I´m petting them, and then they´ll run away! And then there are other times where their eyes are closed, chin resting on the ground, fast asleep.

I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Sat Jan 12, 2002 8:48 pm

Ollie has scared me almost to death many times. One of his favorite sleeping positions is on his side, with his leg sticking straight out, eyes closed. I came in one morning and thought he had died and rigor mortis was already setting in. I yelled. Nothing. Opened the cage, nothing. Shook him and he finally snapped to. Scared the heck out of both of us.
It seems my more relaxed pigs close their eyes. Some of my more timid pigs I´ve never caught before.


Post   » Sun Jan 13, 2002 4:30 am

Never have caught any with their eyes closed. But they lie down frequently. I´m sure i wake them up before i catch them. Light sleepers perhaps. LOL E!

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Post   » Mon Jan 14, 2002 6:22 pm

My piggies have a free-range set up in the room that *used* to be my office. My favorite activity upon coming home from work is to stretch out on the floor on my stomach facing my boys and watching them drift off to sleep (after much eating and excitement at fresh food, of course). They lay under the bookcase (about 10" off the ground) or inside one of their wood boxes. They watch me and I watch them and all our eyes blink slower and slower and droop more and more until eventually we all take a nap. Although being a big lazy human I sleep longer than them and wake up to find piggy gymnastics going on around my head and feet.

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Post   » Mon Jan 14, 2002 7:30 pm

Ricky thats so cute I can just picture them running and jumping all over the place my peanut and chewie do allot of that especially with my neice´s little piggie! Yep my boys sleep with there eyes shut and my Clint is a very deep sleeper he just sacks out anywhere he wants! Clint is in the back that is my Amigo in the front!
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Post   » Tue Jan 22, 2002 12:57 am

I swear, our first pig NEVER slept. But, our second one sleeps all the time. A friend of ours´ pig sleeps quite a bit, too. I haven´t caught our 2 babies sleeping yet ;)

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