There is a lot to consider when possibly acquiring a micro mini pig as a pet. But with research in the right places and working with a good breeder, you can make the proper, informed decision. Make sure to do some research before approaching the breeder to get an idea of what to expect.
It is a good idea to visit your micro mini pig breeder in person. This will allow you to meet your potential new piggy ahead of time, allowing you better choose which one you would like to take home. This will also allow you the opportunity to meet the new piglet’s parents and sometimes even their grandparents. You can also ask the breeder questions live in person.
You should also check into the breeder themselves before making a purchase or leaving any deposit money. A good breeder will put the health of the animal ahead of making a profit. Many bad breeders will underfeed and encourage you to underfeed the pig in order to make it appear smaller due to malnutrition. This is not the right way to have a mini pig. Instead, you should check to make sure that the micro mini pig breeder is breeding actual healthy, mini pigs. This is where visiting the breeder in person will come into play and reveal if anything is amiss. Finding out ahead of time will save you money, headaches, heartaches and also will help discourage future breeders from taking this fraudulent path.
A good breeder will also help you find the proper mini pig food along with providing you detailed instructions on how much to feed them through the pig’s different life stages. They can also tell you which fruits and vegetables are safe to feed to the mini pigs.
Like their bigger size breeds, micro mini pigs love food! They will spend a lot of time looking for it in any place that they can. So, it is important to piggy proof your home. Many of the same methods that are used for baby proofing your home will also work for pig proofing. They will open up cabinets and anything else they think that they will find food in. If you have cleaning agents around, your new little mini pig may try to eat it, thinking it’s food without knowing how dangerous those chemicals really are.
Micro mini pigs can live comfortably indoors. But despite this, it is recommended to let them play outdoors for at least four to five hours a day. If you live in a single family home, this can mean the back yard or front yard. For condos and apartments, you can find a pet friendly park where you can take your pig.
You can even get your micro mini pig used to a leash and harness so that it can go with you on walks. If you decide to use a leash and harness on your teacup pig, be sure to start as young as possible to get them used to how the harness feels. After a while, they will be comfortable with it and then can go anywhere with you.
It will be very important for you to form a bond with your micro mini pig as early as possible. Bottle feeding is quite effective for a first step in this process. The bond will be quite important as they are social animals, much like how bonding is important for us human beings and other creatures like dogs.
Teacup pigs like a lot of soft fabrics such as fleece. You will find yourself at awe watching your mini pig snuggle in their blankets or be amused as you watch them root around in their blankets with their noses.
You may be surprised to find out that, unlike cats and dogs, micro mini pigs don’t really collect fleas or even lice. While cats and dogs have a lot of fur to provide warmth for fleas, pig hair is spread thinly. The cooler temperature is very unfavourable to the fleas and lice so they will not stick around for very long, if they land on the mini pig at all.
The typical weight range of a micro mini pig is ten to forty pounds with their height usually not exceeding seventeen inches at the shoulder. Their life spans have the same range as a small breed dog with the range at fifteen to twenty years.
It is also highly recommended that you acquire some books that are centralized on micro mini pigs. You can likely find some good ones in a book store or perhaps even online. You can check with your local breeder on what mini pig books they recommend for you to read.
Also, be sure to check with your local authorities on any laws regarding your potential new piggy before you make your purchase. Micro mini pigs are considered swine and in many cases, a farm animal. As such, they are subject to local ordinances regarding swine and farm animals. These can include a range of things, including but not limited to housing, transportation, licensing, leash laws, vaccinations, waste disposal and limit on figures.
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