Before we decided to get Oscar, we didn’t consider mini pig sleeping habits and whether a mini pig would be a good fit for such an important part of our lives. We prefer a quiet house and value our sleep, so it’s important that we have pets who sleep quietly through the night. On the way home from picking Oscar up for the first time, I realized I hadn’t even considered if mini pigs slept through the night, if they were loud sleepers, or how much they slept in general.
Of course I expected some sleepless nights while Oscar was really young and was potty training, but I hoped after that he would sleep quietly and not keep us up a lot throughout the night. I have been pleasantly surprised by Oscar’s sleeping habits! Aside from the first few nights when Oscar needed to go outside in the middle of the night, he sleeps quietly until morning.
What’s even better is that Oscar sleeps in! When Oscar was really young, I woke him up first thing in the morning to take him outside, and I learned that he hated being woken up. I started letting him sleep for a while longer, and now he just lets me know when he’s ready to get up. In fact, I usually get up a few hours before Oscar and get some chores in before he’s awake, giving me more time to focus on him once he’s ready to start the day.
On a normal day, Oscar goes to sleep a little after 8 pm on someone’s lap and then moves to his crate when it’s time for bed. He goes immediately back to sleep and then gets up around 8 in the morning. He has started napping more throughout the day, but when we first brought him home he avoided napping as much as possible. My guess is that he’ll continue to nap more as he gets older.
Although we didn’t initially consider how a mini pig’s sleeping habits would fit in with our lives, I have zero complaints. Oscar sleeps longer and quieter than our dog, and aside from the faintest, cutest little snore, he doesn’t make any noise while he sleeps. He sure is a noisy little guy during the day, but he is a champion sleeper!
Update: While Oscar still sleeps quietly throughout the night, he no longer sleeps in and is up and ready for breakfast most days by 6:30 am. Read more about his new waking time in this post.