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Q: Pot Belly Pigs ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: Pot Belly Pigs
Category: Family and Home > Pets
Asked by: julie99-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 24 Nov 2005 09:25 PST
Expires: 24 Dec 2005 09:25 PST
Question ID: 597137
I am interested in getting a pot belly pig as a pet.  I hear they are
intelligent pets and cleaner than most people think.  I have attempted
to do some preliminary research and have found discrepincies in the
size of these animals.  Some sites are showing them as up to 150lbs
and others are saying they can stay around 50lbs.  Are there different
types that are different sizes?  I would like to also know what some
of the cons can be to owning this type of pet?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Pot Belly Pigs
From: steph53-ga on 24 Nov 2005 15:20 PST
We had a neighbour that owned a pot belly pig. I'm not sure of her
weight but she was BIG. However, she was allowed indoors, was litter
trained and was a wonderful pet overall. She loved to be petted and
would come when called.

Good luck in your search for such a unique and wonderful pet!

Subject: Re: Pot Belly Pigs
From: pinkfreud-ga on 24 Nov 2005 15:57 PST
Before you get a porcine pal, be sure that your city permits this kind
of animal to be kept as a pet. Some cities view all pigs as
"livestock," and it may be illegal to keep them as pets within the
city limits. A former neighbor of mine had a beloved potbellied pig
which caused nobody any nuisance, but some disgruntled person reported
the existence of the piggie to the police, and my neighbor was forced
to decide whether to get rid of his pet or to move outside the city
limits (he chose the latter option).
Subject: Re: Pot Belly Pigs
From: tagalong1966-ga on 14 Dec 2005 17:06 PST
I have owned several pot bellied pigs.They all got to about 70 lbs
except poor Oscar whom I adopted from a family that had no idea of how
to care for these animals. They raised him on free choice dog food. He
ate his way to over 200 lbs. We did a post mortum on him, he had huge,
watermellon size globs of fat all around his internal organs and the
fat layer under his skin was 3 inches at it's thinest and 15 inches at
the thickest. H was well over fed and his health suffered for it.

Pot bellied pigs will eat all you give them so, you need to ration
thier food. For a 70 lb pig I feed 2 cups of pig ration twicw a day
for a total of 4 cups a day.

Down side, they are a pig, they love to root, aka dig with thier
noses, they tend to chew and even eat natural fabrics like cotton and
linnen, thier poo is rather abundant for the size of the animal and,
the males do have a distictive odor.

Up side, they are intelegent, right up there with very smart dogs, or
higher. They can be trained easily using the trick and treat method
(Pig does trick, human gives treat) they interact well with thier
owners and, can be housbroken, box trained or, kept outside in more of
a barn yard setting. The pig is happy either way.

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