Pot Bellied Pigs Can Make Great Pets with Proper Care
- October 16, 2019
- Posted by: Dr. Diaz
- Category: Pot Bellied Pigs
If you’re searching for a pet, and you’re thinking about getting a pet that is out of the ordinary, the options can become overwhelming. However, getting a pot-bellied pig seems to be quite popular among people looking for a unique pet. While it might sound disgusting for a lot of people, getting a pot-bellied pig can be a fantastic pet. The two primary things pet owners need to know about their pot-bellied pig is that it’s a very affectionate and intelligent pet.
Secondly, pot-bellied pigs don’t provoke any allergies. Therefore, people who have to deal with allergies or asthma can get a pig without any problems. However, before you pick up a pig as your pet, you need to understand that they need plenty of care and attention. Also, they need large rooms and space where they can develop and grow. If you live in an apartment, it’s probably not the best idea to get a pot-bellied pig as a pet.
The total weight of a pot belly pig can get over 240 pounds. Although these animals have a long life, when you get a pot-bellied pig, you need to commit to take care of it and love it. Their life usually goes up to 15 years or sometimes longer. Pot-bellied pigs are clever animals so if you invest time into them and you are patient with them, they can be taught to do tricks. In a lot of cases, if a dog can do the trick, a pig can be taught to do it as well.
Taking Care of Your Pot-Bellied Pig
A pot-bellied pig needs plenty of attention from its owner, or they start to destroy things in your house. Pigs do this when they get bored, so you need to keep them busy. Another thing you need to do is recognize how to take care of your pig’s diet. Ideally, you should provide them with food that is low in protein and fat.
As with any pet, taking the necessary steps to nourish and care for your pot-bellied pig properly can necessarily be the difference between a pet with a long and healthy life and one with consistent health issues. Fortunately, the Exotic Animal Hospital of Orlando is here to provide basic tips on how to give your pot-bellied pig the best life possible.
What to Feed and Not to Feed Pot-Bellied Pigs
While pot-bellied pigs have healthy appetites and will generally eat anything you present to them, they are also prone to obesity, which can result in foot and joint issues and other health problems. Furthermore, pigs can even learn to open the refrigerator in their quest for snacks. To avoid these potential health risks associated with your pig’s diet here is some advice when it comes to feeding your pig.
- Make sure to feed your pig a diet high in fiber and low in calories, and buy food formulated for pot-bellied or mini pigs.
- If you’re unable to find pot-bellied specific food at your local store, you can find it online.
- In addition to the formulated diet you feed your pig, also provide plenty of fresh veggies in its diet. Some of these vegetables should include celery, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, leafy greens, sweet potatoes and green beans. However, it’s essential to restrict the number of starchy foods like potatoes you provide for your pig.