Why You Should Think Twice Before Getting a Micro Pig for a Pet

micro pigmicro pigSince I was a very tiny person, I have always wanted a pig as a pet. I think it all started from the book Charlotte's Web and continued to grow as the cartoon movie was produced and watched over and over again. Then came the movie Babe, and my love for the adorable pigs grew. I hoped to have one in my family of my very own. Then I was introduced to micro pigs and I knew that one day I would have one in my house.

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I can't explain my love for them other than they look like they're the sweetest things ever. I mean, just look at him: the little fuzzy ears, dark blue eyes, and pink nose. They make adorable noises and the videos I come across just reaffirm the cuteness that is the micro pig.

I was scrolling through some images of micro pigs the other day and my husband was in the room, wondering what all my "oohs" and "aahs" were about. He knows my long standing love for pigs, and when I showed him the micro pig, he asked me how much they cost and if they would make good pets.

So, onto the research I went. Since he was interested, I thought it was finally the time to start thinking about bringing a sweet pig into our family. The more reading I did though, the more I wondered if they really were a good family pet.

The first thing I came across was that although they're bred to be small, there's really no telling how big they can get. If they stayed small like a large cat - that would be a great fit for our big family and small house. There are some, though, that grow to knee-height and can weigh a lot more than I thought- and there's really no telling how big they'll be without seeing the piglet's parents.

Another thing to think about is just how long they live. They're a bigger commitment than a fish, or even a dog or cat because on average they can live to be about 15-20 years old. That's a long time to care for an animal, and one that you should consider a lot before getting one. I am not sure if we will be able to make that commitment since we're not yet in our forever home.

Micro pigs are not too common yet and an article on BBC suggests that before getting a micro pig for your house, you should make sure there is access to a specialized veterinarian who can comfortably care for a micro pig in their practice. Typically they're still considered farm animals and veterinarians need specialized education to know just how to care for a pig in need.

For us, it doesn't seem like the right time. I do still hope that later we will be able to make my dream of having a pig to love come true. At the very least, we're going need a bigger place.
- By Devan McGuinness

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