If you are trying to come up with the answer to the question, “What do pigs eat?”, it will depend on if they are a pet pig or a wild pig. Regardless of where they live, they are omnivores so they enjoy a balanced diet of plants and animals.
Pigs that are in the wild are scavengers and will eat pretty much whatever they can get their snouts on including insects, tree bark, worms, garbage, rotting carcasses and other pigs. They eat grass, leaves, fruit, flowers or roots and if they are held captive and highly stressed, a pig will feed on its own young.
If you are trying to determine, “What do pigs eat?” in regards to a pet then their feeding habits change a bit. You need to know that pigs require constant nutritious meals to be satisfied, healthy and cheerful. Their diet should be high in corn for energy, low fiber and topped with plenty of protein. Remember, pigs love food! Their feeding habits are often enthusiastic in regards to the way they beg for food and they will become obsessed with finding ways of convincing you that they need more. However, you do not need to give in to this obsession. Your pig should be trained to be on an eating schedule and they will become content with the routine.
A portion of your pig's diet should come from pig food that comes in the form of pellets. This pig food has essential proteins that your pig really needs to stay healthy. Do not confuse pig food with hog food. There is a huge difference and your pig will not benefit from eating hog food. You will also need to figure out the correct amount of food to offer your pig and this will be based on its weight and age.
Feeding your pig several smaller portions a day is easier and healthier than giving your pig the allotted amount and teaching them to ration their food. Smaller meals also keep their metabolism going and provide them with a good source of energy throughout the day. Despite their lazy reputation, pigs are an incredibly active animal. If you really do want to teach your pig to ration their food, then slowly cut down the number of times you feed them, still maintaining the proper quantity.
Your pig deserves treats too like any well behaved pet does. They love carrots, raisins, berries, celery, apples and most other fruits and vegetables. Avoid giving your pig bread, crackers or any other type of carbohydrates as they are not good for the health of your pig.
When pigs are in the wild they feed on insects, grass and plants so keep in mind if you let your pig roam around the backyard to play, they are also probably supplementing their diet with these resources as well. Avoid feeding your pig an abundance of meat, especially not pork. Too much of this in their diet has been said to affect their behavioral traits.
Fun Pig Facts
- Pigs have an amazing sense of smell and are now being trained by policeman to aid in sniffing out drugs.
- Pigs roll in the mud to cool themselves off because they don't have any sweats glands.
- Pigs are the fourth intelligent animal on the planet. The order of smartest animals is humans, primates, dolphins and then pigs.
- Pigs are one of the cleanest animals and when given the chance will never “mess” in or around their food or water. Sadly on most farms they are caged in an area that is so small they can't even turn around are not given the opportunity to do their duty elsewhere.
- Pigs can be trained to do tricks just as well as a dog, if not better.
- Pigs are ideal pets for people with allergies because they do not shed.
- Pigs make perfect pets because they are loving, smart and loyal.