If you are considering buying a pet pig, these tips will help you care for a micro, mini, teacup or pocket pig.
1. Check local regulations to make sure keeping a mini pig, even a small pig, is legal in your neighborhood.
2 Be sure you have the means to keep a mini pig healthy and happy.
Mini pigs are very social, so you need to be able to spend time interacting with them, and you need to be able to assert yourself as the leader (much like with dogs) or else you'll end up with a spoiled, pushy and possibly aggressive mini pig, which could be dangerous for children. Consider getting two mini pigs or teacup pigs so that they can keep each other company, as well.
Remember that mini pigs and teacup pigs are very smart and curious. Once they learn how to do something (open the fence door, and so on) they won't forget, and you need to stay one step ahead of them. Mini pigs can also be very sneaky, not unlike a toddler who'll try to manipulate you to get their way. It's important to keep a miniature pig preoccupied and stimulated, or else they can be destructive when bored.
Part of micro, mini, teacup and pocket pig care should be providing them with an area outside where they can exercise their rooting instinct. If this is not possible, then a rooting box will suffice.
3 Adopt or buy a mini pig from a reputable miniature pig breeder. A piglet from a pet store or farm might seem cute, but it might also turn into an unhealthy and unsocialized nightmare. Visit the breeder's facility and ask to see the parents of the prospective piglet (the boar and the sow) so you can judge their temperament and know what to expect with yours. 4 Love your mini pig! These small pigs, like most pets, enjoy interaction with their 'person' and it is not unusual to see a micro mini pig or teacup pig lying down for a tummy tickle.
5 Miniature pigs love a kiddie pool to cool off in hot weather because they don't sweat and this is the only way that they can stay cool.
6 Be careful of the free range method as pigs 'root' and can turn a reasonably large area into a plowed field in no time. We have found a daily supplement of Selenium with vitamin E will stop the rooting altogether.
7 Be sure you to allow your mini pig access to plentiful grazing and feed your pig a varied and satisfying diet then the problem of rooting can be lessened.
8 Feed your miniature pig special Mini Pig Food, which is especially designed for the miniature pig. They will enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables too. Never feed your pet mini pig feed intended for a farm pig, other farm animals or dog food.
9 If your mini piglet will be primarily an outside pet, make sure he or she has their own dry and sheltered sleeping spot where they can enjoy hay as their bedding. Miniature piglets burrow into a deep litter of hay to stay warm. An adult pig will be satisfied with wood shavings (not sawdust).