Teacup pigs have been gaining a lot of popularity in recent times. Many celebrities have owned mini pigs and hence, these mini creatures are getting admiration. Their appearance and actions are unignorably and they will become your best companions.
Lifespan and Size
Teacup pigs live for 12-18 years, depending on their body’s condition and physical strength. There are different varieties of pot-bellied pigs and have classification as per their size. The breeders generally name them as ‘teacup pigs’ because they have a smaller size than the farm versions of the pigs. The height and weight of pigs is a factor in determining their body’s status. Make sure that the pig you’re purchasing is not malnourished or underfed to achieve that appearance. The pigs will grow in size until three years of their age. The pig can have a maximum weight of 100 pounds and size similar to a medium-level dog. The lifespan of the pigs will be reduced only to a few years if they are not fed properly or the breeding is done inappropriately. There is much debate in the world of pigs and their associated breeders. There are many varieties of pigs having a small size and knowing about your pig in detail is important to keep them in good health.
Appropriate Diet for Pigs
Pigs can be overfed easily as they always demand food. Many fully-grown potbellied pigs become obese due to overeating. There are some key signs that the pig is going out of the track. Your vet will help in determining the right size for your pig as per its height and body condition.
Piglets must be taken from the breeder only after they become 4 weeks old. They can be given pig food or seasonal fruits/vegetables as per the instructions by the breeder and their veterinary expert. There are certain starchy vegetables and sweet fruits which are not preferred for the pigs. There are basic guidelines to feed your adult potbellied pig:
• Low fat, protein and high fiber food (bran or hay)
• Non-starchy vegetables and less sugary fruits
• Multivitamin (chewable) as referred by the veterinary expert
• Untreated soil for rooting, containing iron and selenium
Remember, overfeeding can be dangerous for the pig. Don’t feed them with cat or dog food as it will not work out for them.
General caring tips
• Potbellied pigs are indoor animals but require time for rooting and running outside. It will help them in amusement and prevent many health issues.
• Pigs living indoors have to be treated like toddlers. They need a sleeping box and special blankets for playing and cuddling.
• In the case of any indifferent activity or condition, take your pig to the veterinary doctor and discuss the same.
• Indoor rooting for the pig is feasible with 2-3 blankets for them to move around and rest.
• All the pigs should be spayed and neutered for keeping at home. It is a small surgical procedure and could be done before bringing the pet home.
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