7 Things You Can Do Today to Better Care for Your Potbellied Pig

Give your pot bellied pig a wading pool to cool off in during the summer.

Owning a pot bellied pig is definitely a commitment. However, caring for your pot bellied pig doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes to successfully raise a pot bellied pig is some tender love and care. If you’re a new pot belly pig owner and you’re feeling a little lost, these 7 tips can help you care for your new pet.

In the beginning, decide if you want you’re pig to be an indoor or outdoor pig. Pigs can be trained to use a litter box or go to the bathroom outside, so decide which you would like to teach your pig. Many people little box train pot belly pigs when they are very young and then teach them to go outside when they are about 6 months old. As your pig gets older, you can tell if he or she is an outdoor or indoor pig by nature just by noticing how often your pig wants to be let outside.

Pig-proof your home. Pigs are very smart, this makes them naturally curious, which could get them into trouble. Restrict access to electrical cords, cleaning chemicals and anything else you don’t want your piggy getting into that could harm him or her. Use toddler gates to block off parts of the house that you don’t want your pig entering.

Make a personal space for your potbellied pig. It could be either a whole room, or just a large bed (pile of blankets) for your pig. If you have an outdoor pig, he or she needs a waterproof shelter, such as a shed. Pigs are private animals and like to have their own area to sleep and eat.

Spend time with your potbellied pig every day. Since pigs are very smart animals, they tend to get bored easily. Provide toys for your pig and spend quality time playing with him or her every day. If it’s nice out, let your pig go outside. Even an indoor pig needs to spend some time outside to exercise and root in the dirt.

Provide the proper food for your pot bellied pig. There is specially designed pig feed to give your pot belly as well as fruits and veggies. Don’t give your pig dog, cat or human food.

Find a qualified veterinarian that can see your pig for regular check-ups and shots. Make sure they’ve had experience with potbellied pigs before to ensure they’ve had the proper training.

Get a wading pool for your pig to go in outside. Pigs only sweat on their snouts so it’s very easy for them to get overheated in hot temperatures. A pool will let the cool down and feel more comfortable.

As you can see, owning a pot belly pig does take work, but the kind of companionship your pig provides is unlike any other reward. Enjoy each other’s company, spend time together and provide your pig with the proper food and shelter and he or she will enjoy a long healthy life.

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