Archive for July, 2010

FAQ: Do Pot Belly Pigs Get Along With Children and Other Pets?

July 30, 2010

Pot belly pigs tend to get along great with cats. Photo courtesy of: DogBreedInfo.com

If you are thinking about buying a pot belly pig, but have other pets and/or children, it would be wise to read the following information before you make your final decision to add a new member to your family.

Pot belly pigs and children: Pot belly pigs and children do not always mesh well together. Since pot belly pigs are herd animals they have the natural need to establish dominance over who or what they see as weak, which may translate into your small child. If your pig attempts to become the “dominant” pig of the house, he or she may be more stubborn when it comes time for training. Also, small children have a tendency to hit or mistreat pets because they think it’s playing and they don’t know any better. Some pets can handle this, but pot belly pigs cannot. Pigs are highly intelligent and they will remember that your child hit them, which could definitely ruin a chance of a future relationship, not to mention that they will likely not listen or obey that person.

Pot belly pigs and dogs: Since dogs are natural predators and pigs are their natural prey, this relationship does work well. It is not recommended to have both a pot belly pig and a dog in the same household, but if you must, never leave the two alone together. There are many stories of pot belly pigs getting killed by dogs, whether it was a neighbor’s dog or a situation where the pot belly pig and the dog lived together for years. If you have both a pot belly pig and a dog, never feed them together in the same room. Most disputes between a pot belly pig and dog are over food, and although the pot belly pig may initiate the fight, the dog will always be the winner.

Pot belly pigs and cats: Most of the time pot belly pigs and cats get along great. If they were raised together, you won’t have any problems, cats usually love pot belly pigs and pot belly pigs could either care less about the cat or they could become great companions. If the cat and the pot belly pig were not raised together, the cat may be frightened by the pot belly pig at first, but he or she will be curious and eventually warm up to the pig. If you must have any other pet and a pot belly pig, a cat would be the best choice.

How to Keep Your Pot Belly Pig Cool on a Hot Summer Day

July 23, 2010

Pot belly pigs love playing in kiddie pools. Photo courtesy of Pigs4Ever.com.

The summer can be tough for pot belly pigs because pigs do not really sweat. Sometimes you may see a few droplets at the top of a pig’s nose, which is their only way of “sweating.” When it’s extremely hot outside they tend to become lazy and don’t want to go outside and be active because of the high temperatures. You need to help them find a way to keep cool and active unless you want a restless, grumpy or lazy pot belly pig on your hands. Here are some ways to keep your pig cool during the hot summer months.

Get a plastic kiddie pool. They usually only last for one season because the pigs will destroy the cheap plastic kind, but if you fill the kiddie pool with water and make sure it’s low enough that your pig can hop inside, he or she will thank you for the cool relief from the heat.

Make a mud hole. Some owners may not like to do this because it means getting their pig very dirty, but rolling around in the mud will instantly cool your pig off. Plus caked on mud keeps bugs from bothering your pot belly pig’s skin and also acts as a sunscreen. Remember, pot belly pigs need sunscreen just like we do, especially light colored pigs, so remember to slather it on before letting him or her play outside.

Keep clean, cool water nearby at all time. You want to make sure in the summer months that your pig always has access to cool water so he or she does not become dehydrated.

These tips will help to keep your pot belly pig cool, healthy and happy during the hottest summer months. Encouraging your pig to stay active, even in the hot weather, will help him or her lead a longer, healthier life.

Communicating With Your Pot Belly Pig: Learn to Interpret Pig Sounds

July 16, 2010

Learning to interpret your pot belly pig's language will help you be the best owner you can. Photo from PotBellyPigs.com.

If you’re a pot belly pig owner, you know your pig makes certain sounds and gestures when it is trying to get its point across. Pot belly pigs each have their own personality and if you’re a new owner, spending time with your pig is the only way you will get to know each other and come to understand each other. Pot belly pigs are very smart and have very advanced communication skills. To help you understand your pot belly pigs needs, here are some examples of pot belly pig “speak” from PotBellyPigs.com and what the gestures and sounds usually mean:

Vocal communication:
Grunting: Usually the noise a mother pig makes when feeding her young.
Barking: A warning of danger nearby.
Squealing: A sign of anticipation (usually when about to be fed) or a sign of pain.
A quiet, hot panting: Usually the pot belly pigs way of saying “hello” or being friendly.
A rough coughing noise: Usually means your pig is annoyed about something.

Body Language:
According to PotBellyPigs.com, a happy pig rarely shows body postures because they are usually related to showing a dominance level on the social ladder. A spoiled, challenged or unhappy pig may however, change its ear set, face off, throw its head and click its jaws. These activities are usually in response to a bad situation or another animal invading its space.

Now that you know common ways your pot belly pig may vocally and physically express itself, you will be better able to give your pet a happy life, which will make your pot belly a better companion for you and you family.