I see you have also been hooked on these adorable, endearing, lovable creatures. Maybe you have fallen in love with the idea of taking care of these rising famous and celebrity pets; I see you want to raise your very own, mini, or teacup piglets. If I am certain about my judgment, you are in the right place; as we will unravel all the basic raising tips for having your very own mini pig.
First, let us have a brief introduction about Mini pigs
Mini pigs, in all honesty, do not exist at all. Mini pigs, or popularly known as teacup pigs are piglets; and the term they are known originated from breeders that used it for advertising, and yes; we can see how it totally worked. But, they are not just for vanity and cuteness, they need to be loved and well taken care of; just as with any other pets we humans typically own.
They have lots to offer, including:
- Fairly low maintenance
As you are to keep your mini pig at home, you can keep them free and roaming around your house; but you are encouraged to give them designated space for their sleeping and downtime play sessions. You are also encouraged to act as if your mini pig is a toddler; as their intelligence accounts for their curiosity that will make them get into your cabinets, closets, bins. Make sure to install child-proof locks to your cabinets; and completely block off areas you would want your mini pigs to avoid. It is helpful to not have any sharp edges as they can injure themselves; and while they are young, supervise them when they roam around your house.
The best choice of food for mini pigs is high-quality pellets; which are significantly made for aiding mini pig’s dietary needs. Pellets are your best choice. Lean towards what your veterinarian suggests, as they know the best in aiding mini pigs nutrition.
You are also encouraged to stick to a feeding schedule, to establish familiarity; discipline and to avoid overeating, as mini pigs are at risk for unhealthy obesity. Aside from the pellets, vegetables are your best friends for giving them snacks. Mini pigs like to feast on kale, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, as well as nuts and seeds. These healthy snacks aids nutrition; and works well as treats too, that will come in handy if you are training them.
Also, supply them plenty of water every day; mini pigs do not sweat, contrary to other animals that is why it is even more important for them to be hydrated. Put several drinking stations in your house, and replace them with fresh water to avoid contamination of bacterias.
Mini pigs do not need to be washed daily; about once per week is enough to keep them hygienic and healthy. In doing their bathing, use shampoo or soap that is made especially for pigs, as they can react negatively to our own product of shampoo and soap. Since mini pigs are small, bathing them in a small basin will be effective. They love lukewarm water as it gives them comfort, and after finishing bathing them, you can apply a gentle lotion or baby oil to keep their skin shiny and bouncy.
When the moons are out and about, it is time for your mini pig to get its sleep fix. Mini pigs love to get all warm, cozy, and snuggled. To aid, you can put together a sleeping spot that is soft, with lots of small blankets and pillows. Your mini pig will love its own space, and adore it more if it has food, water; and its favorite toys.
Maintenance for Mini Pigs
- You are ought to feed them, two times a day
- Keep them dehydrated throughout the day
- Manage to give them a time of your day to pet them, belly rub them; or spend your downtime with their downtime
- Give them adequate time to rest and sleep
- Train them as much as possible
- Introduce them to your family, friends, pets, do not keep them alone.
- Spot clean their space, and clean all their feeding equipments
- Clean their space
- Give them a nice cleansing bath
- Groom their nails, check their ears, nose, teeth and skin, clean those area thoroughly
- Make adequate time for them and give them quality bonding time
- Check their health and condition
- Consult a veterinarian for ensuring your pig’s optimum health condition
- Celebrate their life
Isn’t raising a mini pig easy? It seems overwhelming as pigs are not the most typical pet we are leaning to; but it is possible, and with their adorableness? Who can say no?! If you plan on petting a one, endearing mini pig, I encourage you to do so. After all, you researching how to raise them says a lot about how curious you are, right? Advance, happy pet parenting, and make it a responsible and fulfilling one!