Teacup pigs have been a very popular choice of pets in the United States and Canada since the late 20th century. Their small size, lovable and witty nature fascinates the people and they tend towards adopting this animal. However, this animal is not a good buy for everyone. There are many things one has to look upon before buying this animal.
Why buy a Miniature Pig?
• Pigs have a very long lifespan that ranges from 15 to 20 years and in some breeds, even up to 25 long years. This shows this animal can serve as a constant companion to its owner for years.
• Pigs are considerably more intelligent than other pet animals. They understand humans well and are even known to share similar genetic structure with humans. They love watching television shows and listening to music with their owners.
• This animal is known for its cleanliness. It can be trained well as to where to pee and defecate. Special litter boxes can be made for this purpose. This animal learns such traits quickly.
• It does not make any noise and does not cause a disturbance, unlike dogs and cats.
• It has very smooth and fine hair on its body which does not shed at all. This feature makes it a safe pet even for the ones with skin allergies or breathing-related problems.
Why not buy a Miniature Pig?
• Owning a teacup pig does not mean that it will remain small in size forever. In its lifetime, it can grow up to be very large in size. Many people render it homeless after it grows large in size. This should be taken care of before adopting the pig.
• Pigs remain childish forever. Their presence is equal to the presence of a toddler in the house for years and years. The owner must be prepared to take care of a small child for a whole lot of 20 long years before buying a pig.
• Pigs demand a lot of care, time and attention. For people with a busy lifestyle, this pet is certainly not a good choice since pigs can grow excessively aggressive if they are not given the love they expect to receive.
• Since these pigs are childish, they tend to open up and search refrigerators for food, scratch walls, and carpets and also resort to breaking various things.
• These pigs are a result of cross-breeding different breeds various times. This makes them devoid of any clear genetic account. Due to this, doctors find it hard to cure certain unknown diseases they incur.
• Many cities and towns in the United States do not allow keeping pigs as pets. If one keeps it as a pet in such a locality, it can become a difficult task to find a vet for the pig if in any case, it acquires some health issue.
From this, we conclude that owning a pig is not as easy as it seems to be. There are certain pros and cons associated with the same. Therefore, the decision of adopting a pig must be made very wisely keeping in mind all the risks associated with it.
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