Tips on Taking Care of Pigs
Taking care of your teacup pig is not a small thing. He is not usual dog or cat. He is a special pet who has been reared specially for pet lovers like you. Did you know that an Englishman named Chris Murray spent 9 years in breeding these special pigs? He had to breed for 24 generations before he finally came out with the teacup pigs for your pleasure. They were reared only as a pet and that is why they are quite intelligent and learn things very easily. Today they are being sold on an average of $1000 per pig. Once you have brought such a pig home, it is time that you start learning about a few critical things about this pig. As they are special pets, their needs are special too. In the previous post, we discussed about the basic care and maintenance of tea cups. Let’s continue with the topic and learn a few more tips and tricks to keep your pig healthy.
•They need exercise, and a lot of it- Pigs have a strange tendency to overeat and gain weight. They have historically been known as mindless eaters who would hog up everything before their eyes. Some pigs are also known to finish all their food past and make their owner believe that they are still hungry so that they can spend more time with the users. While many teacup pigs are not freaky mindless eaters, they still have tendency to overeat. Therefore you must keep a strict check on their diet. More importantly, you should give them a lot of exercise. Your teacup pig must be taken for a walk at least twice a day, followed by some mild exercise. Also remember that this has to be a dally habit or your pig will gain too much weight to handle. •Training your pig- As mentioned earlier as well, teacup pigs are very intelligent and sociable creatures. They have quite a lot to offer to the owners when it comes to training. You don’t need special pet trainers as they can easily be trained at home just like a puppy. You can teach them many tricks like platform tricks. Your pig would get a lot of exercise this way and will keep healthy. You must also teach him where his place is and which bowl of food or water belongs to him. On top of that you can also ensure that the pig realizes that his playground is at a small corner of the garden or the backyard and he doesn’t have to ruin the whole garden by digging mud everywhere. The better you are able to teach him, the lesser pig like qualities he would have. •Sociability- Teacup pigs are never sold alone and they always come in pairs. The biggest advantage of this step is that the pigs never become overly greedy and they always stay engaged with each other. When there are two pigs, they would spend more time playing and fighting with each other, rather than demanding you continuous attention. Therefore, you must make sure that your pigs become sociable. No matter the number of teacup pigs that you have at home, you can always introduce them to the other members of the family and especially the children. With children they become very interactive and they get playmates as well. Therefore, think deeply about this factor and if you have a choice, you must always buy them in pairs. •Vet visits- This is the most important part of caring for your teacup pigs. There are many varieties of teacup pigs around and you must know the lineage before you buy any teacup pigs. It is because teacup pigs come from many different varieties of breeds and not knowing this important information can create a problem for your vet. Although, there are many specialist teacup vets around, no doctor would be able to help you unless he knows the family that the pig is coming from. To avoid this, you must learn about his family. This is an important step in the maintenance of your pig as teacup is still not a stable breed and the breeding process ended very recently. Therefore, the vets are still not confirmed about what diseases could hit your pig and what would the remedy be. In any case, whenever you feel there is a change in the behavior of your pig and he feel fatigued and lethargic, you must rush him to the vet. Keep all his documents handy so that there is no confusion in the mind of the vet and he can give the right treatment to your pig. Additionally, schedule regular checkups with the vet so that any problems arising in his body can be detected before they happen and that he gets to live a very healthy and long life.