What to Feed Your Teacup Pig
The diet of your new pig is going to be very important to its quality of life. Pigs will eat nearly anything in their path and are always hungry, so take care when planning their diet.
Overall, a healthy and well balanced diet will keep your friend happy and healthy for years to come!
What Your Pig Should Eat
Your pet piggy, just like any pet (or YOU for that matter), should get a balanced and well maintained diet. Now, they can't eat the same foods as other pets, but their diet should be consistent.
About a quarter of their diet should come from healthy veggies. These include leafy greens, potatoes, cucumbers, and celery. Depending on your pig, he or she may even like peppers, but stick with something mild, like bell peppers. Grains such as wheat and hay also play an important part in your piggys diet.
There is also food that is specially formulated for teacup piggys on the market that will balance the right amount of fats, proteins, fiber, and other nutrients that your pet needs.
Lastly, always remember to make sure that your pig has plenty of cool water, especially on hot days. Remember to change the water if it gets dirty, or just sits out too long.
What Your Pig Shouldn't Eat
Just as there are groups of food that are good for your piggy, there are certain foods that they shouldn’t be fed. Some of them aren’t healthy for your pig, where others will make them flat out sick.
You want to keep your pet away from generally unhealthy foods, such as dairy and cheeses, fatty meats (it should go without saying, but NEVER feed your piggy pork), and foods that are high in sodium.
Also, you don’t want to feed dog or cat food to your pig, just as you shouldn’t be feeding pig food to a dog. On that same note, you don’t want to be feeding your teacup pig pellets that are used for livestock pigs. Pick your pig food carefully.
In addition to meals, you'll want to give your pet treats from time to time. These are especially great when training your pig, as treats are a great positive reinforcement tool.
You can usually pick up special pig treats at the same place that you buy your pig food, but there are also common foods that you'll have around the house that piggys absolutely love.
Fruit makes a great treat for your pet since it's naturally sweet and healthy, but be careful not to overdo it. Limit them to about two servings each day. Also, unsalted and unbuttered grains, such as crackers, popcorn or cereal.
Odds And Ends
A unique fact about a pig is that it does not have a thalamus. This means that their brains will never tell them that they are full. This is why it's important to remember to feed your pig in moderation, as they will continue to eat even after they are full.
Since pigs have no sense of being full, and are clever and curious animals. It's important to have them only eat their daily fill. Pigs are smart, and will easily find out how to get into cabinets and even your refrigerator.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.