When deciding if a mini pig is the right pet for you, there are mini pig pros and cons to consider. I’ll start with mini pig pros first and then I’ll follow up with mini pig cons.
There are so many great things about owning a mini pig. Before getting Oscar, I knew that pigs were smart and entertaining, but I didn’t know much about pig personalities. Now that Oscar is home and settled in, I am overwhelmed by how much he has added to our lives and how much we love this little guy.
The best part about owning Oscar is one that I never expected: the mini pig cuddles. Oscar loves to cuddle with his people, and he is the best cuddler I know. Any chance he gets, he snuggles in with one of us and stays until we have to get up and move him. His cuddles are what allowed us to bond with him from the beginning. Even when we couldn’t pick Oscar up without him squealing or even pet him without him jumping or running off, he was willing and eager to cuddle with us. I had no idea how loving and warm pigs can be, and that is my favorite thing about Oscar.
Another great part about mini pigs is their snout. There’s something about that cool, clammy snout that melts my heart. Oscar is so expressive with his snout: he explores with it, smells with it, roots with it. He even knows how to give kisses! If we get near him and ask for a kiss, he will give us one with his snout. He also uses his snout to explore our toes, and it’s the funniest feeling! I had never felt a pig’s snout before getting Oscar, and it was really strange to us at first. Now I can’t resist his snout because it’s part of what makes him so unique and special.
The bond you can have with a mini pig is so much deeper than I ever expected. They are such loving and affectionate animals. They don’t bond immediately with their owners; it takes time and patience. However, when that bond is created, it can be overwhelming and so amazing. As with raising any young animal, there have been frustrations along the way, but Oscar has added enough love, affection, entertainment, and joy in our lives to make it all worth it. While there are both mini pig pros and cons to consider, the benefits of owning a mini pig far outweigh the negatives for us.