As with all pets, it should be a mutually beneficial relationship. Too often, I've seen people get animals that they can't take care of (or don't know how to take care of) and the pet and the person both suffer for it. If you know how to care for a pig and want one, by all means go nuts. But otherwise, you're better off with something else.
>>2064209 Pigs are great. I've enjoyed every interaction I've ever had with them. They're always friendly and happy to see people, it's great. I wish they were easier to keep, but from what I've heard they'll destroy your house and your yard.
I think of them pretty much like every other pet. if the person knows what they're getting themselves into (that they can and do grow huge) and can get one responsibly, then awesome
but the fact is too many people don't realize that lil piglets turn into huge animals that require a lot of care and attention. pic of pig we got in after her owner abandoned her on the street because she got "too big"
I know two people with pet pigs. One was a friend from school who got a micro pig off the internet, it is now the biggest pig I have ever seen. It happily does pig stuff and gets pats but seems like hard work.
The other is my uncle's neighbors but it seems to be neglected to the point that it moved onto my uncles farm to eat scraps it can find. My uncle keep telling the neighbors he will turn the pig into bacon if they do not take it back and feed it properly. I mean how hard is it to feed a pig, I fed some of my uncle's pigs when he had them and they just eat scraps and crap.
The micro pig fad has made let pigs a terrible idea. All these celebrities get micro and teacup Pigs, show them off, and get rid of them when they grow too big. Hell, on little honey boo boo no one even questioned where the pig went to. People then want a pig too, pay out the ass for a 5 week old piglet and then have to do something with a 100lb animal, which is usually a farm where it will be slaughtered. then there are the scumbags that suggest feeding instructions that starve and stunt the animal and kills them early, which is probably a plus for the owner.
I think the pet pig industry is full of scams and people that don't care about animal welfare. However, Pigs as pets in general, they are good for the right conditions. But they aren't easy like a cat, or have tons of resources like a dog. They are very different, and present their own challenges and rewards
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