ONE of my clients came home from a work trip to find her family had conspired to purchase a pair of “miniature” pigs from a local market while she was away.
Her kids and partner had been convinced by a wily salesperson that while traditional pigs belonged on farms, the miniature variety were perfect for innercity living.
When she presented the pigs for a check-up, I was somewhat surprised. The pigs may have been miniature, but that’s because they were piglets.
Piglets grow up into pigs and these ones would grow to full size. By this stage the family were having some difficulties.
Despite offering the piglets their best bedding indoors, all these creatures wanted to do was root around with their curious and remarkably strong snouts. Pigs generally don’t take to indoor living the way dogs and cats do.
While they loved the pigs, the family realised their needs would be better met on a farm where they had space and access to things they really loved, such as mud.
When adopting any pet it is important to ensure we can accommodate their adult size, and provide an appropriate environment that meets their behavioural needs.