I previously discussed the pros of owning a mini pig, so it’s time to discuss mini pig cons. While we love and adore Oscar, not every day with a pet mini pig is easy. The benefits of owning a mini pig outweigh the cons for us, but that might not be the case for everyone. In sharing both our positive and negative experiences with Oscar, my goal is to help you decide if a mini pig is right for you and your home. Here are some mini pig cons based on our experience with Oscar.
1) Noise. The toughest part about owning a pet mini pig for us is the noise. Oscar makes noise most of the day, and many of his sounds are loud and disruptive. To hear what mini pig noises sound like, check out my post with sound recordings from Oscar. I am constantly amazed at how much sound can come out of such a little piglet. Of course, the worst sound is the initial squealing a piglet will do when adjusting to a new home. This happened for us when we tried to pick Oscar up or move him after a nap. Initial mini pig squealing is a tough phase, but the bright side is that the squealing eventually stops.
Now that Oscar has stopped squealing, his loudest sounds are the squeaking/grunting ones he makes when he’s hangry (hungry and angry). For example, I normally feed Oscar dinner around 5 pm, although I vary it so he doesn’t expect dinner at a specific time. Oscar will decide around 3 pm that it should be his dinner time and will make his hangry noises until he is fed. I refuse to feed him when he’s being demanding to discourage Spoiled Pig Syndrome, so I must endure his hangry sounds until I’m willing to feed him. Just a note: I’ve tried turning the radio up to drown out the hangry sounds, but Oscar just sees that as a challenge and gets louder. Owning a mini pig is occasionally a battle of wills.
On the brighter side, Oscar “talks” to us almost all day with little oinks and grunts; now that I’ve adjusted to those normal “talking” sounds, I find them cute. Also, since our first day with him, Oscar has slept through the night without making a sound. In fact, he is most quiet when sleeping, so we can keep him in our room at night without any sleep disruptions.
2) Stubbornness. The next con of owning a mini pig is their stubbornness. Pigs are smart animals, and that is a great quality except that it comes with stubbornness. To be blunt, Oscar pretty much does what he wants. Mini pigs don’t have the desire to please humans like dogs do, so they won’t do what you asked just for the sake of making you happy. They will, however, sell their souls for a treat, so you have to learn their language. We also work on training Oscar so that he learns basic obedience, which is our attempt at getting him to listen to us. I have learned to work with Oscar’s stubbornness by figuring out what makes him tick and by negotiating with him , but it’s definitely frustrating at times.
3) Amount of Attention. The last mini pig con we have experienced is the amount of attention Oscar requires. This is a mixed one for me because I love spending time with Oscar, but the downside is that Oscar hates to be alone and mini pigs can become destructive when lonely or bored. Since mini pigs are so smart, they require more stimulation than other pets and have the ability to be purposefully destructive if they choose. All of this makes it important to spend plenty of time with them, being cautious to not spoil them.
Before getting Oscar, I read that a mini pig’s time and attention requirement falls somewhere between a dog and an infant, and I couldn’t agree more based on my experience with Oscar. Most days this isn’t an issue and I have plenty of time and energy to spend with Oscar but, on days that are really busy or have unexpected errands pop up, I feel guilty and worry that he’ll be lonely or bored.
There are so many pros to owning a mini pig that they outweigh the cons for us. However, in deciding if a mini pig is right for you, it’s important to weigh both the pros and cons. While Oscar is just one mini pig, hopefully our experiences will help you in making your decision. As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let me know!