Back to the time before animals were tamed, put in the zoo, and kept inside the cage, they were on their own in the wild. They find food on their own, they hunt, they kill.
Back in the wild, they are either the hunter or the prey. And even now when most of them are tamed and domesticated, their innate nature can show, making it a challenge for pet owners to maintain peace and harmony among their pets. This is especially true when there is a hunter and a prey in the pack.
Ensuring the animals’ safety against each other is a hard work… but it is not impossible. So if your collection of pets ranges from the fiercest hunting dogs to the most docile of teacup pigs, read on and learn how to make sure that your piglet is safe and is doing well in terms of dealing with your other pets.
Teacup Pigs and Cats
Pigs tend to get along well with cats. The latter think pig’s bellies make good, cozy pillows. The former on the other hand could care less about the felines. So overall, you do not have to worry much about the relationship between the two.
A problem could arise, however, when your mini pig is still at its first few weeks and your cat is something of a bully or wild. To avoid anyone from getting hurt, keep your little piggy away from the feline’s claws.read more about teacup pigs by click here
Have a fence between them for a while. You can use children’s gate for this purpose. Only remove the fence when the two start to feel comfortable and at ease around each other.
Teacup Pigs and Dogs
Pigs and dogs can be best friends. They can get along too well. However, for your piggy’s sake you should NEVER left them alone together unless you are sure that your dog is completely comfortable around your teacup pig’s presence.
Remember that canines are predators by nature and pigs are preys. If something upsets dogs or causes them to feel anxious or nervous, their first instinct is to attack. And normally, it’s the pigs that are more likely to start some sort of trouble because of their curious nature. When this happens, you can be sure that the dog will finish it. So keep them apart always. This is especially true when it comes to feeding time. As much as possible, don’t feed them close to each other or else, prepare for a bloody fight.
How do you make them friends?
- Introduce your teacup pig to your dog as a valued member of the family.
- When the canine demonstrates aggression, reprimand it or show disapproval. This will give the dog a hint that such a behavior is not to be tolerated.
- Don’t leave them together alone; keep them apart when you are not around.
During their first introduction, your dog may show signs of excitement, curiosity, playfulness, and fun. But don’t be too confident that he will become your mini pig’s best friend soon because “having fun” for canines often includes biting. So keep them afar until your dog has grown accustomed to sight, sound, and smell of your teacup pig—but still, don’t be too confident to leave them alone together.
Cats and dogs may suppress their hunting instinct when they accept specific prey animals, but you should not be too lax in ensuring your teacup pig’s security around them. This is especially true if your pets didn’t meet at a very young age.