Reasons Why Teacup Pigs Are Not Pets
There really is no such thing as a teacup pig, micro-mini.
Miniature pigs are mini compared to a domestic farm pig that can reach 600-plus pounds.
So-called teacups are actually potbellied pigs who are either underfed to stunt their growth or who are sold under false pretenses.
Teacup pigs are really baby potbellied pigs
Potbellied pigs can be as small as 8-10 pounds but that is not small enough to qualify as a teacup pig.
It is virtually impossible to change a teacup pig’s size within 12 months of its birth. An immature teacup pig is about the size of a pony.
Teacup pigs are NOT pets and therefore should never be considered as a pet.
Teacup Pigs DO NOT need to be taught how to eat, play, or behave A teacup pig is not a dog, cat, rabbit or any other pet.
They will never be domesticated and don’t want to be.
Teacup Pigs should not be given solid foods and should have only 2-3 hours of kibble/hay/shredded cardboard/insecticide treated foods a day.
They need an unlimited supply of free choice, high quality foods and they should be able to graze all day long with no fear of pain or injury.
Keeping pigs is more expensive than you may think
To have a pig of your own, you’ll have to decide whether you want the real deal — a pig for slaughter — or if you want the smaller, easier to care for pet version.
For an adult, pig, you’ll need a big pen, food, water, food, shelter, fodder and of course hay and a piglet you’ll need a lot of supplies to raise.
You’ll also need a veterinarian, proper equipment, medicines and eventually possibly a male pig.
Also read: Pied Piper In addition to all the costs that come with pigs, there are other, unavoidable expenses you’ll need to account for.
Pesticide use is a huge expense. Pigs are social animals and require proper social interaction.
Many piglets die from not being able to socialize and bond with humans who are unfamiliar with the creatures.
According to To farm or Not To farm, The Humane Society of the United States’ online education site, people who buy mini-pigs from pet stores do not get the full “pig experience.”
They may believe they are purchasing a pet, not a pig. Piglets that reach the 500-pound mark are destined for the slaughterhouse, according to the organization.
The organization maintains that many of the potbellied pigs that are housed in condos and caged outdoors in cities across the U.S. are then transported to slaughterhouses in Canada.
In 2004, just one farmer in Canada slaughtered 7,000 pigs.
Consumer Reports Magazine says “compassionate breeders sell [miniature pigs] in ‘homes’ where the pigs lead happy lives. If you’re looking for a pig, look for a mini-pig, and keep looking.