New mini pig owners usually worry the first time their piglet foams at the mouth, but foaming at the mouth is completely normal for mini pigs. Mini pigs foam at the mouth in anticipation of food which, in Oscar’s case, means he foams most of the day. He foams when it’s within a few hours of meal time, when he thinks about food, and even when I’m cooking and he smells food.
When Oscar was really young, he foamed only lightly in the corners of his mouth. It was cute and endearing to see baby Oscar so excited about his next meal. Before we had our schedule down, the foaming was even occasionally helpful in reminding me that it was Oscar’s dinner time (his squealing tipped me off if I fed him too late).
Now that Oscar is a little older, he produces so much foam that it gets on everything. We regularly have foam on the floor, us, our clothing, appliances, and walls. The foam quickly dries and doesn’t have a scent, so it’s usually not an issue. In fact, Oscar getting foam on our arm or pants as he brushes up against us is one of the things we find so entertaining about him.
However, it took some time for me to relax about foam on the floor. We have hardwood floors, and the foam leaves a slightly noticeable mark when it dries. It wipes up quickly and easily, but it bothered me at first when Oscar foamed on my newly mopped floors. For full disclosure, I am a bit uptight when it comes to cleaning so, if you aren’t, you probably won’t even notice foam on the floor. With time, I’ve learned to relax about the foam on the floor and accept it as part of owning a mini pig.
Now that I’m used to his foam on the floor, the biggest downside is that it’s slippery until it dries. Since the foam dries quickly, it’s not a huge hazard, but it is a concern if you don’t watch your step. We usually just walk around his foam but, if you’re concerned, it’s an easy problem to solve by just wiping up the area.
Mini pig foam is a part of owning Oscar that we didn’t expect. It’s not my favorite part, but it can be really cute and has few real downsides. Anytime his foam bothers me, I remind myself that the daily joy and entertainment Oscar provides heavily outweighs a bit of foam on the floor.