Micro pigs are a much-loved animal, but are they as easy to keep as pets as you’d hope? With their little trotters, cute snout, and tiny – albeit, not actually curly – tail, micro pigs are absolutely adorable, and are increasing in popularity as pets with every passing year. Surely they can’t be harder to care for than a dog or cat, right? Well, here’s everything you need to know about caring for a miniature pig.
Pigs are prone to obesity, so you need to make sure your micro pig never gets fed more than they require, as they will just keep eating, no matter how full they are. As everyone is well aware, pigs love scraps, but always make sure what you’re giving them is healthy, and never give them too much, or else you may be putting your pig at risk. They love scavenging for food, so bury vegetables in the yard, or hide them in boxes, and your pig will have fun while getting fed. Also ensure that any hard feed is made specifically for micro pigs because regular pig food isn’t going to be perfect. As with all pets, your micro pig will need access to fresh water at all times. Pigs can’t perspire – yep, the saying “sweating like a pig” makes no sense – and so water is essential to keep them cool and hydrated.
As if they couldn’t get any cuter, micro pigs love blankets and comfort. They will want a blanket – or two, or three – to sleep with, and many mini pigs actually drag them around the house with them, too. While you might be smiling at the thought of a tiny pig pulling a blanket around the house or yard, it’s very common, so blankets are a must-have. More than blankets, however, micro pigs love nothing more than curling up in bed with you, or other pets, so make sure you’re prepared for sharing before getting a pig. Like dogs, micro pigs do like to have their own space occasionally, so you’ll also need a dog bed or something similar for your pig to nap on when they want some time alone.
Micro pigs are actually incredibly similar to dogs. They’re intelligent and love to learn tricks. They adore going for walks and need potty training. Like a puppy, they will get into any cupboards and spaces, so make sure your house is pig-proofed. If bored or left alone, pigs can also become destructive, so always make sure they’re suitably entertained, especially if you leave the house. Child-locks and baby gates are a good idea to stop your micro pig getting into places they aren’t allowed.
If you’re looking to get a micro pig, make sure you’re prepared for puppy-like behavior for many years. Micro pigs don’t stay as small as you’d expect forever; nor are they as lazy and slow as you think. However, if you do your research, and know what they need, mini pigs can make the perfect companion.