The Compatibility Factor
Are you compatible with the basic nature of a pig? These inherent qualities are permanent, inseperable elements that form the essential defining character of a pig and can't be changed. You already know some of these traits by common sayings.
Pig Headed - Pig have a tendency to be stubborn. Are you willing learn training techniques to avoid "stubborn" issues? Squeal Like A Pig - Pigs squeal and grunt, would these sounds bother you?. Root Like A Pig - Pigs love to root. Would you have a problem with a pig rooting the lawn or even you? Eat like a pig - Pigs are sloppy eaters with voracious appetites. Can you handle their messy never ending quest for food? Fat as a pig - Pigs are prone to obesity. Can you maintain a feeding schedule, diet and exercise for healthy weight? Like a pig to mud - Pigs wallow in mud. Can you handle a pig that tracks mud through the house?
These traits can't be changed. What are the opinions of your family members, friends and neighbors area regarding pigs and their traits?. Do they think a pet pig will be great or gross?
Do you have the finances, home, time and physical ability to care for a pig?
TIME: .Pet pigs are time consuming. It takes time to feed, exercise, let out to potty, groom, bath, vet and train a pig. Pigs need you to spend time with them every day just like a child. They don'tt like to be left alone for long periods and can become anxious, bored and potentially destructive. Pigs bond strongly and need the companionship of their human family. You have your friends, relatives, work, hobbies and activities but your pig only has you.
INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ENCLOSURERS: (AKA pig pen) for playing, grazing, rooting, sleeping and other piggy activites.. A pen safely confines, controls rooting and protects the pig from other pets, dogs and predators.
ADDITIONAL COSTS: A pig needs regular routine and preventive veterinary care, deworming and vaccinations. Feed specially formulated for mini pigs along with fresh vegetables, roughage and treats is essential.. They require bedding, food and water bowls, litter, toys, harnesses and leashes. Hygiene products for bathing, skin and hoof care, brushes and trimmers are necessary also..
Factors to Consider:
• Do you own your home? If renting, will you landlord allow you to have a pig?
• Do you have a vet that will treat mini pigs in your area?
• Do you have someone to watch your mini pigs while you're away?
• Do you have other pets and children? How will they react to a pet pig?
• Do you own dogs? Will your dogs be a threat to a pig?
• Are you prepared to keep the mini pig and dog separated if necessary for the pig's safety?