Pigs are very popular and adorable pets. The owner should take proper care of them because their needs are different from that of other pets such as cats and dogs. Especially it’s their food which requires attention. Their nutritional requirements need to be monitored well for their good health.
The main problem that one faces is that proper pig food is not easily available everywhere and pigs are likely to feed upon anything that comes their way which is not good for them. These are omnivorous animals so they need to have a balanced diet enriched with proper nutrients so that they thrive healthily.
Following are the food items that should be included in a pig’s diet:
• Green leaves and grains are rich in protein and pigs’ bodies require a good enough amount of protein. Therefore, it must be an essential part of a pig’s diet.
• Fruits like apple, grape, date, kiwi, lemon, jackfruit, nectarine, guava, mango, melon, papaya, orange, and raisins can be given in adequate amount. Grapes serve as a nutritious food for them because pigs do not perspire and grapes help them in severely hot weather to keep the water balance of the body fine.
• Pig pellets can be found in commercial shops and this is a good diet but it cannot be found everywhere, so a natural diet can also work if everything is given in an appropriate amount.
• Vegetables like radish, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, pumpkin, zucchini, cucumber, celery, asparagus, artichoke, and parsnip are good for a pig’s health.
• Water should be given to the pig frequently to keep its body hydrated since it does not sweat. Feeding water minimum 3-4 times a day is important for its wellbeing.
Following food items must be avoided:
• Dog food and cat food should never be given to a pig. Although these foods are easily available these are not suited for a pig’s body. Pigs’ nutritional needs are very different from those of dogs and cats.
• Seeds of plants such as apple and bear should be avoided. Also, raw beans contain a poisonous substance for pigs in them and should not be given.
• Salty foods must be avoided. Foods that are high in calories, sugar carbohydrate, and sodium content should be least given. These foods will make the pig gain weight and overweight causes serious problems to the health of the pig.
• Other foods that should be avoided are meat, bones, offal, milk, and fish.
• It is often believed that pigs can feed on the leftover food but pigs need a proper diet for their nourishment so leftovers should not be given to them.
Another thing that is very important is that it should be given food at proper intervals of time. Avoid overfeeding your teacup pig because that causes the pig to become unfit and unhealthy. Regular exercise is important for this animal. Also, pigs demand treats and at such times, they should be fed with something special they like to eat. If one takes proper care of the diet of one’s pig, it helps the pig to remain healthy and live a long life.
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