How Will the Cold Weather Affect Your Pot Belly Pig?

During the winter, it may seem like all your pot belly pig wants to do is sleep. Photo courtesy of

Just like many people, pot belly pigs do not particularly enjoy cold weather. They often become grouchy and hard to deal with during the winter months, whether they are living indoors or outdoors. Here are some things you may expect from your pot belly pig during the next few months and how to deal with them.

  • Your pot belly pig may be reluctant to go outside to use the bathroom. This is a battle you must deal with. If there is snow, make sure to shovel a pathway for them. Don’t leave a pot belly pig outside for too long when there has been a sharp drop in temperature.
  • Just like humans, pot belly pigs can catch colds. For this reason it’s a good idea to keep some antibiotics around just in case your vet is not available and your pig has fallen ill.
  • Watch for any changes in your pot belly pig’s eating habits. If they are not eating as vigorously as before, this could indicate an illness, such as pneumonia. Take your pig’s temperature and call your vet immediately. If treated early with an antibiotic your pig should start recovering within 12-14 hours.
  • Pigs often become grumpy during the winter months. They’ve been known to make grumbling noises and avoid interaction with humans. Sometimes it may seem like they want nothing from you besides a blanket and a meal. They also tend to sleep a lot more in the winter. Don’t worry they’ll snap out of their seasonal depression in the spring.

Now that you know what to expect during the winter months, it will make it much easier for you and your pot belly pig to make it through the season.


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