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Enjoying Pot Belly Pigs Pets

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on October 17, 2011 - 11:25 pm (442 views — 461 words)

The normal pet owner would really find the potbelly pig appealing because of its high intelligence, affectionate nature and lively personality. People care for them despite the fact that they would grow heavy as much as 150 lbs, and big as much as 18 inches and they have rooting instincts that would put any demolition team into shame. If you want to raise potbelly pig pets, then here are some tips that expert pet owners share with novice or starters.

Your potbelly pigs can stay either indoor or outdoors, it really depends on the owner. Just take note, do not be carried by the stereotypes of pigs, they are really clean animals; in fact they prefer to pee and poop outside of the house. You can observe and know when your pig wants to relieve itself by checking your potbelly pig pet's tail, if it stops wagging and becomes horizontal, then it is ready to unleash hell.

Potbelly pig pets usually eat twice a day, and their diet consist of commercially prepared foods for their kind. Ask help from the local vet on the quantity of the food you can feed you potbelly pig pet because they vary with age and weight. You should not overfeed your pig by monitoring its weight closely.

Your potbelly pig pet is highly trainable so if it has to live indoors, you can train it to use a litter box. The box should be placed away from its food and bedding area. Make sure that your line the litter box with items your potbelly pig pet cannot chew. Line your large cement-mixing tub with newspaper and pine chips; these are available in local hardware stores.

The indoor potbelly pig pet should be taken out everyday so it can get its exercise and it can also root to satisfy its natural urges. If you don't have ample space for rooting, you can use a children's swimming pool by filling it with sand, dirt and toys.

Make sure that your pig has ample supply of straws and blankets for it's bedding if you plan to let it live outdoors. They are very sensitive to both weather temperatures so make sure that they are shaded during the hot months and covered with blanket during the cooler periods. These pigs have sensitive skin so you should apply sunscreen on them when they cool off in their swimming area.

Vaccinate your potbelly pig pets once a year and have the hooves and tusks trimmed. Though your potbelly pig pets do not bite, they have sharp canine teeth that can cause unintentional accidents so it is wise to ask the vet to take them out.

Prepare for a commitment with your potbellied pig pet, because their lifespan can reach 30 years.