A Micro Pig’s Indoor Environment

Other Pets and Your Pig

Pigs normally have little trouble with other pets in the home; however, your current pet(s) may not have the same feelings or intentions. Cats are rarely affected by the introduction of a pet pig into the home, but dogs that are aggressive or very rambunctious are not suit­able companions for pet pigs. The behavior of your other pets with respect to your pig must be monitored carefully at all times. Even a gentle dog can have its wild instincts rise to the surface when it hears the scream of a pig in distress or the pig tries to take some of the dog’s food or toys. Never leave your pig and dog(s) together without close supervision.

Indoor Environment

Pigs are creatures of habit and do not like change. Therefore, you should have every­thing ready for your pig before you bring it home. Then, when the pig enters its new en­vironment, everything will be in their per­manent locations.

Before you bring your pig home, determine where you will want to train your pig to relieve itself. You can teach it to use a litter pan or a doggie door. You also can train it to let you know when it wants to go out. Training meth­ods are discussed in the “Housebreaking” section under “Training Your Micro Pigs”.

If you plan to train to use a litter pan or a doggie door, be sure to have it ready for use before you bring your pig home. Changing training methods midstream is counterprod­uctive and confusing to the pig. Like pigs in the wild, domestic pigs are true creatures of habit and will soon form a “path” to their potty area.

When you first bring your pig home, you probably will confine it either to a playpen or one room in your home until it is well house-broken. Wherever you place the bed then should be its permanent location. If you must move the bed later, do so a small distance at a time until you have reached the new location.

  • Pick this initial spot carefully.
  • See that it is free of drafts.
  • Be certain that no heat blows directly on the crate. Check for nearby heat exhausts from vents or appliances.
  • Do not place the bed in an area where there will be a great deal of traffic. Your pig will have nap times and bed times when it will not want much action around it.

Get the bed ready. Pigs like to nest in leaves and grass outside, but you can substitute tow­els and blankets for these materials if your pig is to live in the house. You can use a well-constructed soft dog bed that is washable. Add a few towels or small blankets and maybe a small pillow or stuffed animal. Half of a travel transport for pets, about twice the size of your pig, also makes a good bed. It can be washed outside with a hose, or in your bathtub.

Pig-Proofing Your House

Check your house for poisonous substances and dangerous items within the reach of your pig. (Consult the poisoning and injury sections of this book for a complete list.) Some things to look for in your home are toxic houseplants, accessible electric plugs, open low garbage cans, chemicals of any nature, and cupboards with loose doors.

With their acute sense of smell, pigs find all the world a potential meal. Your pig will learn quickly to open loose doors and then decorate your house with the contents. Things not harmful to us can be harmful to pigs. A few things to look out for are chocolate syrup or cocoa mix, plastic bags, small toys, buttons, sharp bones, scissors, needles, pins, aluminum foil, and small light bulbs.