For most people,
keeping pigs in their house is out of the question because of the
image they have. However, keeping pigs as pet is possible and could
be a pleasant experience as long as you take proper care for the
animal. A pot bellied pig is an excellent pet because it doesn't
take too much space in your home like other breeds. The size of a
fully adult pot bellied pig is comparable to a medium to a large
Why would anyone think
keeping pigs as pet is a good idea? Pigs have
a lot of good qualities. They are highly intelligent; according to
scientists, they are just behind chimpanzees when it comes to
intelligence. This means that pigs are smarter than dogs and cats by
quite a large margin. Since intelligence is a good way to measure
learning abilities, this means that pigs can be trained.
Domesticated pigs can be taught where to relieve themselves and pigs
kept outside have been documented to use a specific spot in the yard
as their litter box.
Pigs are also affectionate, playful and usually well-behaved,
especially when they are neutered. They like having their bellies
rub and will show you affection as long as you are kind to them.
Pigs are also very sensitive animals. In fact, they are so sensitive
that if you don't treat them well, you will hurt their feelings.
Feeding your pigs will not be a problem since they can eat your
leftover table scraps. However, this doesn't mean you should always
feed them your excess food. Pigs need proper nutrition, just like
all animals do. Some pet stores and groceries may sell feeds for
pigs. You can also buy pig feeds on stores that sell farm supplies.
Never ever use dog or cat food if you plan on
Despite popular belief, pigs are not filthy animals that love to
roll in the mud. In fact, pigs are quite clean and odorless. The
only reason pigs spend a lot of time in the mud is because they
don't sweat and therefore can't regulate heat on their own. If you
plan on keepings pigs as pets, you should make them a pool where
they can cool off. Pigs also hate the cold as much as they hate the
heat so you'll have to make sure you give them adequate bedding
during colder seasons.
These are just some of the desirable qualities pigs have that makes
them a lovable addition to the family. If you want a pet that is
intelligent, affectionate and is well-behaved, then keeping pigs
might be your answer.