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Sierra

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Are guinea pigs nocturnal? Or are they awake when we are?
 

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Sierra said:
Are guinea pigs nocturnal? Or are they awake when we are?
The are not nocturnal. They don't have the exact sleep schedule we do because they nap on and off a lot rather than stay awake the whole day and then sleep the whole night. However, if you're around they'll wake up and hang with you.
 

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No, I'm pretty sure piggers are not nocturnal, unlike hamsters. But, it is true they'll move around at night, nibbling and sipping. Bascially, I'm trying to say the same thing as LiciaMommycott. :)
 

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They seem to be on a very similar schedule with us but having said that, they do move and play at night. I know I have heard them early in the morning and this morning, when I got up before 6:30 to get son #1 to school, Luna was running laps in her cage. But for the most part, they seem to sleep most of the night.
 

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i must agree with NoVeil. some people say that piggies are nocturnal but i think they kind of adjust to our schedules. i mean my piggies are most active at night time, but thats when i am with them in my room the most. not too sure with a definate answer. sorry
 

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Okay, thanks! I was just wondering, since I am used to staying up late with hamsters.
 
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What do you mean an hourly cycle?
 

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An hour to rest/sleep and an hour to play/eat, the way I understand it.
 
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yep, they are supposed to be diurnal
 

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They are, and to my knowledge always have been, diurnal animals. That doesn't mean they have the exact same sleep patterns as we do, but they definitely go to sleep for the majority of the night, and are awake for the majority of the day.
 

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Awesome, I was wondering if there was a specific name for it or something. So are we diurnal as well?
 

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Noct=night, di=day... any animal that sleeps at night and is awake during the day is diurnal; and of course, any animal that sleeps during the day and is awake at night is nocturnal. So yes, humans are diurnal.
 

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yep, i learned the term diurnal just a few months ago
 

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Yep, as long as you work days, you're diurnal. =P
 
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