One of the fascinating things about goats is that you’d rarely see them sleep. This is a common question that leaves newbie farmers, livestock owners, and pet owners wonder if their goats do sleep or do goats sleep standing up. It may seem funny but that’s actually the case. If they do not sleep, how can they regain their energy that sustains their daily activity? If they stand up during their sleep, how does that seem to work with their legs?
The notion of the many that goats do not sleep is not at all true. Goats sleep several hours a day and takes a nap several times for several minutes all throughout the day. They are just very tricky when it comes to showing it. Goats usually finds a blind spot where it is very hard for us to see and choose the time of the day or night that there are no other animals present. The place they choose is not just hard to see but is usually a sheltered spot that they find comfortable to sleep.
In addition, goats sleep lightly. They do not experience or undergo hard or heavy sleep. Small and light sounds that they find instinctively a threat wakes them up right away. This is also one of the main reasons why it is very rare to find a goat sleep as they can hear you approaching from a distance and wakes up at an instant. However, the behavior of their sleep or their sleep pattern is based on the wild. Domesticated goats, on the other hand, sleeps longer than wild goats. That is because of the change in lifestyle and environment that they became comfortable with other farm animals as well as their caretakers that they aren’t getting bothered by the sounds created or produced in the area.
Do Goats Sleep Standing Up?
This is a cute and amusing notion or thought that people think about. Do goats sleep standing up? No!! Goats lay down on the ground with their body on an upright position. This makes it easier for them to move if they wake up from a threat, especially with other wild animals. They also prefer sleeping with their companions. If you really put some effort into looking for a sleeping goat, you might find them cuddling with another goat. It’s one of their cutest characteristics and behaviors where you’d find them lovable, adorable and cuddly.
Here is a short video of a group of goat cuddling together as they sleep:
Furthermore, goats can barely take on life alone. They’d often get lonely and depress without a companion. That is why it is highly suggested by expert farmers and livestock owners to always get a pair of goat for starters. It is the same with getting a goat at home as pets. A depressed goat loses their appetite to eat, to move, etc. This will lead to a goat getting sick and eventually losing their will to live. But of course, there are rare goats that could survive alone. Most of the time, this happens to goats living at home as pets as they have adapted to the situation and are happily living alongside their human owners. The usual goat pet would be your small breed goats varying from either milk, meat or fiber breed.
The stressful part would be that goats have some behaviors that you might want to tame or train. It includes their excessive chewing, biting, headbutt, indoor urination, and pooping. The case of excessive chewing however is just normal as goats are naturally born to feed with plants, grass, shrubs, hays, etc. These foods are very hard to digest and they usually bring the food they swallow back up to their mouth for further chewing and grinding. The food being brought back up to the mouth from the stomach is what you call “cud”. That is common with other farm animals such as sheep, cows, camels, etc.