Just like dogs these pigs should have daily walks on the leash and or allowed to run through your house or yard for exercise, without this they will gain weight more than they should and over what they should. Watching what and how much you feed them, as they are pigs no pun intended, will eat endless amounts of high-carbohydrate unhealthy food if you do not balance everything out and keep track of their weight. So this also means that they will search for food, so will cats and dogs, which is why it is a good idea to keep them away from the kitchen and other pet foods or at least monitor them. They do love dog food, but it is not always a good choice to feed them as a meal. There is special pig feed that you can purchase in your pet store or you can even special order it from the local feed stores, but even they are starting to carry this special feed.
Your attention will be sought after, just like a two year old, when they are in your house. Just like a dog or child give them toys to play with and make it more like toys that kids would play with along the lines of blocks etc. (Wood is best or stuffed). By doing this it keeps them stimulated and active, plus you can get hours of amusements from them just by watching them play. Just like having to child proof your home, you must also pig proof your home like you would for a two year old. This is due to them being very intelligent and they do spend a lot of time trying to figure out things and how to get more food, a food ball you get for dogs would be a good idea to help to occupy this need.
What are the advantages of having a Teacup Pig?
- They have a long life span
- They are clean and odour free
- They are great for people with allergies as they are non-allergenic
- No fleas
- There is very little shedding
- They are quickly trainable
- No barking
- There is no destructiveness, like a dog or unhappy puppy may do
- Low maintenance
- Communicative, affectionate, and intelligent
Those are the advantages, so what are the disadvantages?
- You need to make sure you are zoned to own a pig, as you may not be
- There may not be a vet available that has the know how to treat potbellied pigs
- They can become very spoiled and manipulative
- They do require a commitment of time and energy from their owners
The number one thing you need to do when considering or getting a Teacup pig is making sure that you are zoned to own one. The other thing is that if you live in rented accommodation to check that the home owners association or landlords do not have any rules against having piglets in the location that you live. The joy of a pig can be great in the right circumstances, so make sure those circumstances work for you and that you are ready for a pet like this.