Are you willing to make a 15 to 20 year commitment to your new pet?
I hope you said YES because a Potbellied Pig can live 20 years. Pet lovers every where cringe at the thought of those that purchase a pet only to give it away a short time
later. Many unwanted pets, left in shelters and euthanized, are victims of an uneducated purchase. Not all pigs are lucky and end up on this site. Not all of them will find a loving home. We hope to avoid those situations by making all potential Potbellied Pig owners absolutely sure they are making the right decision.
Are you willing to keep your pet on the appropriate diet?
the belief that Pigs should eat everything and anything, your new pet should be fed an appropriate diet in order to keep your pig healthy. Overweight Potbellies will gain weight everywhere, including on their heads. This can result in fat deposits hanging over their eyes and causing blindness. Overweight Potbellies find it hard to walk as they have short legs. The last thing you need is to be faced with a blind pig that can’t get around.
That is just a sampling of what could go wrong if diet is not considered.
Are you willing to spay or neuter your pet and provide regular vet care?
We aren’t worried about stray piggies getting into your yard, we just want to make your life easier. Potbellies are strong animals and when they become frisky... watch out!
They can run pretty fast when they want to. Spaying and neutering your pet will keep your pet friendlier with less behavioral problems. As for vet care, just like any other animal, they need to be vaccinated and should have their hooves and tusks trimmed on a regular basis.
Are you prepared to provide appropriate shelter and bedding for your pet?
Potbellies are not ‘fend for yourself’ types of
pets. They need to be warm in the winter and shaded in the summer. If your plan is to keep your Potbelly outside, you should consider a heater for cold days and a fan for hot ones. They also like lots of hay or blankets to nest in. They find comfort in burrowing into a pile of softness and need that to sleep comfortably. Preferably, Potbellies like to be inside as well as outside and that leads us to the next question.
Are you willing to treat your pet like a member of the family?
These sensitive animals like human companionship and can be very loving. Not all piggies are lovable, but some can be real lap babies. Their behavior can very much be like a two year-old. Ignored piggies can be destructive in order to get your attention.
If you have said ‘YES’ to
all of those questions and are comfortable with all of those brief explanations, then CONGRATULATIONS! You are a perfect fit for a new Potbellied Pig. There are two more things we would like you to agree to before you take that step. First, you agree to provide unconditional love to your pet and, second, you agree to contact us in the event you have any problems or concerns with your new Potbellied Pig. If you’re still answering ‘YES,’ then please go on to filling out the application.
Thank you very much from all the people who care about our Potbellied friends and good luck with your new pet.