Like their bigger counterparts, teacup pigs are adorable in every way. They are very cute especially when they are just a couple of months old wherein they can literally fit inside a teacup. Having mini pigs as pets is quite unusual, because most of us are used to seeing dogs, kittens, and birds in the household. Today, it is no doubt that these cute, four-legged friends have increasingly become popular as extended members of our family.
Miniature pigs are not your typical pigs which can grow up to several inches and pounds. The largest of them would grow about 40-60 pounds. They are weaned at about a month and 1 week and can be sold to any interested pet owner when it is about six weeks old. Upon reaching the age of two to three years, they become full-sized adults.
The good thing about these pigs is that they are very intelligent and can easily be trained. Teacup pigs are known to be very affectionate. With this nature, it is easy to bond with them. It is like taking care of a puppy but unlike puppies they are much gentler. They do not shed or chew things they ran into. If you are looking at having these pets in your household, here are some important tips on how to take care of them.
The first you need to know is to set a specific place in your lawn to make it your teacup pig’s home. By doing that, you are already setting boundaries for your pig so that she will not intrude in your family’s spaces. You can have it fenced if you want to but be sure there is enough space for your pet to roam around. Fill this home with a bed enough to make her comfortable. A compartment which has all the things she needs like food, water, towels, and rugs should be kept at a close distance.
By nature, pigs love to eat food any time of the day and anywhere and it goes the same with these teacup pigs. The next thing you need to know is when to feed these micro mini pigs. Establish a schedule preferably early in the morning and in the evening. Along with this schedule, you must set a certain amount of food to be given to them and this amount must be consistent every time you feed her.
Over feeding these pigs might lead to excessive weight gain. To avoid that problem, veterinarians have especially crafted food and a diet for them that are very easy to follow. There are foods that can be found in pet stores, livestock feed stores, and online retailers all over the country.
Lastly, do not forget to enlist the help of a veterinarian who can walk you through the step by step process of dealing with miniature pigs. He would know what is the best food to eat to keep them healthy, the vaccines that are to be administered, and the care that you should put into your home to make it an ideal environment where your pet and your family can coexist.
The most important thing about taking care of mini pigs is to have time to bond with them. Forming a bond with your pet will take months and it has to be nurtured each and every day. Bonding moments can include walking with them around the curb, playing with them in the house, or dressing them up with ribbons. For these micro mini pigs, your care will go a long way. They certainly appreciate the loving and caring hand of someone who is ready to welcome them to a warm household.