Eating Habits of Teacup Piglets
If you are looking for a new pet and you have chosen the teacup piglet, you may be looking for teacup pigs for sale in connecticut, we can ship the piglet to an airport near to you, in Connecticut. Teacup piglets have become a fashionable pet since they became the ‘must have pet for celebrities, Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame has one.
Teacup Piglets make perfect pets because they are small, clean and easily maintained. When they are fully grown, they rarely grow over 14 inches tall and they only weigh 15-45lbs. You don’t have to take the piglets for a walk and you hardly ever have to go to the vets because they have very few health issues. Another thing that makes them brilliant pets is that they are easily toilet trained and they will bond with you and love you for life.
If you have chosen to buy a piglet from us, you should know that they have specific eating habits and they don’t know when they are full, so you need to make sure they don’t have too much food.
They need specific amounts of certain foods:
•Fruits have lots of calories in them and can be bad for your pig so make sure you keep fruits as a treat and only give the pig small amounts only. •Vegetables are good for your pig and should make up a quarter of their daily diet. Good vegetables to give them are cucumbers, peppers, potato (but not too many) and celery •Make sure a lot of water is available for your pig •Raisins, grapes and apples are also good treats for your pig but again, only in small amounts. •Pig chow - Pigs cannot make their own protein so they need pig chow which has protein added to it. •Worms and Bugs - When your pig is outside, he may feed on worms and bugs, this may be unpleasant to watch, but don’t discourage it because they will get some of their protein this way. •Kelp Vitamins - This will help their overall health and keep them looking healthy. •Treats - Raisins, small shredded wheat parcels, popcorn which is plain!
What Not to Feed Them
There are certain foods which you should definitely NOT feed your pig. It is important to give them a good balanced diet, like you, yourself, should be eating. Some foods out there are just ‘bad’ for your pig, but other foods will be harmful to them. Don’t feed your pig pork because that it just gross, but keep them away from other fatty meats and cheese and diary.
Plus, I can’t really believe I have to mention this, but please don’t feed your pig dog or cat food. He isn’t a dog or a cat so why would you think about feeding him it? Dog and cat foods are specifically designed to give cats and dogs specific nutrients, nutrients that may be bad for pigs.
Pigs also have issues with salt and chocolate. We may like them, put it will kill your pig. Not like with the fruit, where you can give them a little bit. CHOCOLATE AND SALTED FOOD IS A BIG NO-NO!!
Tomatoes are highly acidic and are bad for your pig. Corn is also bad for them but they can be given as a treat now and then
Make Your Kitchen Safe For Your Pig
Teacup piglets are very smart animals and one thing that makes them unique is that they don’t have a thalmus, so they don’t know when they are full. You can feed them in their routine and give them treats every now and then and they will still want more. As they are smart animals, they will soon find out where you keep all the food and they will learn how to open the doors. It will be a good idea to ‘pig proof’ your kitchen, similarly to the way you would ‘child proof’ the kitchen, if you had a toddler.
Routine for Feeding Your Piglet
When you first get your piglet, you can shower him with treats (within reason) and he will quickly learn to love you because you provide food and tummy scratches. Once you know your pig loves you, you can cut back on the treats and concentrate on a healthy food regime.
When your pig is a baby, stick to the routine of 1/4 of mini pig food in the morning and then again in the evening. Your pig is only little and feeding him more than that will make him sick. Once your pig gets older, in between the chow, you can give them fruits and vegetables as treats whilst you are training them.
Trust Worthy Breeders
Some breeders are less than trustworthy so make sure you do your research about any breeder you may be thinking of using. Here are few things that you can keep in mind when accessing if your breeder is the one for you:
1.Ask to see the parents. A good breeder will always let you see the parents of the piglet. If the breeder refuses, then they are more than likely hiding something about the piglet. Maybe it isn’t actually a tea cup pig or maybe there are health issues within the breed line. If you have pet dogs then everything you would usually ask a dog breeder, ask your piglet breeder. 2.Ask questions about the piglet you are about to buy. If the breeder gives you answers that are a little on the nose, like giving an exact weight and height, then they may be hiding something. Nothing is certain when it comes to growth. Breeders can’t guarantee your pig is a certain height or weight.