Getting a Pet Pig? What you should know.

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Some shocking predictions made by a psychic pig just as the World Cup commences built up the hopes of many Nigerian football fans. Mystic Marcus, an eight-year-old black micro pig with a 100 percent track record of predicting sports results had predicted Nigeria to be one of the semi-finalists for the 2018 World Cup. However, Marcus’ insight was flawed. The reaction that follows on Nigerian cyber-space revealed that miniature pigs are not a common sight and not so much is known about it; Nigerian netizen would slaughter and make a delicious meal out of this cute creature.

Some of us will agree that in an era of robotics, artificial intelligence, space travel and smart objects, it should be a criminal offense, punishable under the law for one to be unacquainted with certain information. So quickly, what is a pet pig and how can it be kept?
Miniature pigs are small breeds of domestic pigs such as Pot-bellied pigs, Juliana pigs, Choctaw Hogs, etc., they are also referred to as teacup pig, micro-pig, mini-pig. Mini-pigs can live for up to twenty years, taking up to five years to reach their full size and weighing 150 – 180 pounds at full size. Notable features that distinguished most mini-pigs from other pigs include possession of small, perked-back ears, a potbelly sway back, chubby figure, rounded head, short snout, legs and neck, and a short tail with thick hair at the end.
It is interesting to know that pigs are the world’s third most intelligent animal (following dolphins and chimpanzees). Mini-pigs are hypoallergenic pet, making them a perfect pet for animal lovers that are allergic to dog or cat’s hair. They quickly learn tricks and are easily litter box trained. They also eat a lot.

Keeping a pet pig comes with its own challenges, special consideration needs to be given to feeding, home environment, neutering, vaccination and deworming.
Mini-pigs have a huge appetite and can easily become obese if they are over-fed. Specially formulated pig food can be purchased at a feed store or pet store. ½ – ¼ cup of pig feed for every 25 pounds of body weight divided into two and given in two separate meals is appropriate. The diet may be supplemented with a small salad of fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. Also, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, peas, and boiled eggs may be included. Each pig is different regarding water intake. They should have access to water at all times.
Vaccination and deworming policy should be determined by a veterinary. However, Ivermectin is a good choice of drug for deworming.
Neutering and Spaying of male and female will inhibit the exhibition of the foul odour in male and prevent the development of Pre-menstrual Symptoms (PMS) associated with the female monthly menstrual cycle.

A controlled environment should be created for mini-pigs, they love warm, soft blankets to burrow themselves to. Access to plenty of outdoor services is needed, they should be taking out to perform natural behaviours like rooting and grazing. Due to their high social needs, mini-pigs will thrive when they can also hang out with their own kind.
Finally, where the home pigs are kept should be piggy-proof to prevent the destruction of household items.

References:
http://www.three-little-pigs.ca/why-adopt-a-mini-pig-canada
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_pig
http://www.squealsonwheels.us/pig-care-faq/
https://animals.mom.me/list-things-need-mini-pig-7834.html

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