How To Take Care Of A Pig
3 January, 2012
I have written many articles on dogs and cats and thought it was time to write one about another type of domestic pet.  A pig!  We have some pigs on and I have always wondered how to take care of one.  I also have a friend that has a ranch and was thinking about getting a pet pig.
The first thing you will need to do before getting a pig is to provide a safe and clean environment to properly care of him or her.   Once you build his ‘fort’, the rest is fairly simple.
First, you will need to design and build the proper enclosure for your pig. You should determine if you are going to build a house for your pig so it can escape the rain and cold weather. Remember, a pig has very little hair, and it is sensitive to heat and cold in the same way a human would be.

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Try to design the enclosure so that the pig can keep clean. Pigs are not as filthy as most people think and they need separate areas for sleeping, relieving themselves, eating and playing. While pigs do like to roll around in mud, it’s usually to keep cool on a hot day.

Cover the ground inside the enclosure with plenty of straw, leaving just enough dirt uncovered for a little mud. Straw can help to absorb the odors of urine and feces and provide warmth for pigs as they sleep.  Build your enclosure from sturdy materials. Pigs can dig under fences and push over flimsy walls in just a few minutes if properly motivated.

You should feed your pig a combination of grains and protein. Pigs love corn, barley, wheat ; the rest of his or her diet should consist of protein-rich foods, such as dairy products like cottage cheese, whey, yogurt, milk powder or even ice cream.
Provide plenty of fresh water for your pig, ensuring that you replace the water daily to prevent parasites or insects from getting inside the water bowl or bucket.
Scratch your pig on its back or belly. Pigs loved to be scratched and often scratch themselves against anything that doesn’t move. Excessive scratching, however, could indicate a disease or insect bites. If this is the case, take your pig to a veterinarian that knows how to care for pigs.

Most pigs don’t like their feet touched. If you need to trim your pig’s hooves, it’s best to scratch its stomach first to get it to relax a bit.

You should play with your pig and give it toys, such as buckets, balls and chew toys. Pigs are very playful animals, but they get bored quickly so rotate the toys on a regular basis.
Pigs are a little more work than dogs and cats, but can be fun and great pets if you have patience from the start.

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