Why Does My Guinea Pig Lay Flat?

Guinea pigs are normally very active pets that love to move around a lot inside and outside of their cage.

But have you ever noticed one of your guinea pigs take a break from running around to lay down flat for a while? Why do guinea pigs lay flat?

Guinea pigs lay flat because they feel safe and comfortable enough with you and their surroundings, and they just want to lay still and relax for a while.

Most of the time there’s no problem with a guinea pig lying down flat because it just shows that it’s peaceful enough for them to be able to relax out in the open.

However, there are other times when lying down flat can signify that there’s an issue with them and you may have to step in and take some action to keep your guinea pig happy and healthy.

Those times a rare, but I’ll still cover them in this article so that you can notice the signs.

Why Do Guinea Pigs Lay Flat?

When you take a look into your guinea pig’s cage and see that they’re lying down flat on the ground you have to wonder why they’re doing this.

Most often guinea pigs will lay flat and stretched out when they are comfortable.

This usually only happens when they’re used to you and their surroundings.

Guinea pigs are naturally prey animals, so that means that they get scared often.

But when you see your guinea pigs in their cage lying down flat, that means they are not scared of much at the moment and they want to relax.

It’s even really good to see them lay flat while you’re in the same room because that means that they’re comfortable with you being around or at least they’re starting to become comfortable.

How Normal Is It For A Guinea Pig To Lay Down Flat?

When you see your guinea pigs lying down flat just know that it’s totally normal behavior for them.

Most if not all pet guinea pigs will display this behavior from time to time if they feel like it’s safe enough to do so.

It’s even normal for them to do this multiple times throughout the day if they’re comfortable enough.

Sometimes they’ll even lay flat for a long period of time and that’s perfectly normal too.

That just means that they are comfortable enough to lay flat and vulnerable.

What Does It Mean When A Guinea Pig Lays Flat?

As I said before when a guinea pig lays down flat on the ground it means they’re comfortable with their surroundings and feel safe enough to do that.

Some other reasons that guinea pigs will lay flat are because:

  • They want to sleep.
  • They’re trying to relax.
  • They want to rest for a while.

So if your guinea pig feels safe enough to lay flat and rest, sleep, or sleep on you then you should let them do that without disturbing them.

They are enjoying themselves, so let them relax and have their fun in these peaceful moments.

Eventually, they’ll get up and go back to some of their other normal activities.

Should You Be Worried If Your Guinea Pig Lays Down Flat?

So it’s normal for guinea pigs to lay flat but should you be worried if they do that all the time?

If your guinea pigs are healthy and doing that all the time then there’s no reason to be worried.

Try not to bother them too much when they’re lying down flat and let them enjoy a peaceful moment to themselves.

So generally you shouldn’t be worried if your guinea pigs lay flat, but are there any times when you should be worried?

When Should You Be Worried If Your Guinea Pigs Lay Flat?

When you see your guinea pigs lay flat it’s usually a good thing, but there are some situations where it’s not and you’ll have to step in. Some of those situations are:

  • If they’re not keeping up with their normal diet.
  • If their sleeping behavior has changed.
  • If you notice any physical injuries.

If you notice your guinea pig isn’t consistently keeping up with their normal diet and they’re lying down flat on the ground, then that could mean there’s something wrong with them.

Anytime a guinea pig doesn’t eat and drink as much as they normally do, that could signify that they may have some health issues.

If you pair that up with lying flat on the ground then something might be seriously wrong.

If that’s the case, then take your guinea pig to the vet so they can help determine the reason why.

Another situation to look for is if they’re not sleeping as much or not sleeping in their normal location, but they lay flat in other parts of their cage.

That can mean that they’re not as comfortable with their current sleeping arrangements.

If that’s the situation, then try getting a bigger cage or a bigger hut for them to sleep in so that they’ll be more comfortable.

One more reason that you should be worried is if they’re lying flat and you notice any physical injuries. If they are doing that and have physical injuries than you’ll need to take them to see the vet and help them recover.

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Where In Their Cage Is It Normal For Guinea Pigs To Lay Flat?

When guinea pigs lay flat in their cage it’s normal for them to do that almost anywhere.

Most of the time they’ll lay in a random spot for a while and then get up and go lay flat somewhere else.

Sometimes though, a guinea pig will find a certain spot that they really like to lay down in.

When they do find that area, you’ll notice that most of the time they’ll only lay flat in that one spot.

However, every now and then they will try other places where they want to lay down as well.

So if you notice that your guinea pigs seem to lay flat in their cage all the time, don’t worry too much about it. It means that they feel comfortable and are just enjoying a peaceful moment to themselves.


Hey, I'm Guliana. I really love animals, especially small ones. I grew up having gerbils and guinea pigs as pets and know a lot about them. That's why I'm passionate about writing everything I've learned about them over the years.

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