Cats and Dogs are so mainstream. Everyone has a cat or a dog or a gold fish. If people are really adventurous, they may have a lizard or a snake. But what if you want something more… something different… something not all your neighbors have…
(provided, of course, you don’t live on a farm or in the country, or other places where livestock is fairly common)
How about a pet pig?
Does it GET any cuter than a pet pig? With its curly tail and cute sounds? And not everyone has a pet pig. You’d definitely be unique in your clique of friends.
But, is a pet pig right for you? What should you expect? Do they really roll around in mud? Are they as intelligent as we are told? Most importantly, will it ruin your love of bacon? And speaking of bacon, how many people name their pet pigs Kevin? (Seriously, if you have a pig named Kevin Bacon, we want to know!)
Here’s what you need to know about Keeping a Pet Pig
Obviously, first off, you need to check your city or state regulations regarding livestock ownership. If pigs are out of the question… we suggest you find another outside the box critter to keep. However, if a pet pig is legal in your area, then proceed to step two.
2. Health and Socialization
Like all pets, it is of utmost importance to keep your pig happy and healthy. Things to consider:
Pigs are highly social animals. You’ll need plenty of time and love and attention to provide for your pet.
You’ll need to train it and socialize it properly, or you could end up with an aggressive pig… and really, if we wanted bossy animals, we’d just get a cat. If you have the space and resources, consider adopting two pigs so they can keep each other company as well. The interaction will be beneficial for them. And entertaining for you.
Pigs are intelligent animals. This means they can be trained (yes, walked on a leash), but this also means they can be a bit mischievous, and can cause trouble if your home is not properly child proofed- pig proofed? Think of your three year old on the loose– and take up the precaution a notch or two.
Their health and instincts. Provide an outdoor area and plenty of activity for stimulation. Keep in mind, pigs, like cats and dogs, can live for a long time, so if you’re not ready to be a forever home, stick with something with a shorter lifespan. It’s not as easy to up and move a pig as it is Fido, so being able to provide a steady and stable environment is also crucial.
3. Go to a Breeder
Pigs, birds, and other animals are best purchased from reputable sources where lineage and health records are kept.
4. Love and Provide for Your Pig
They need an area to wallow to regulate a healthy body temperature. They need love and attention, and they like belly rubs!
5. Provide the Right Habitat and Diet for Your Pig
They like fruits and veggies. They like plenty of room to roam and graze. They root, so be prepared for the lawn maintenance. They need a covered shelter with hay to keep cozy.
Choosing a Pig
Piggies come in a variety of sizes and shapes, from the teacup variety to the potbelly variety. Size, space needs, and dietary needs will all factor in to your decision making, so consider all the choices before making your decision.
But, if you choose a pet pig, it can be a very rewarding experience. It’s like a dog… except totally different. And if you’re in search of something totally different, this may be the guy for you!