What To Expect When You Bring Your New Skinny Pig Home!

What To Expect When You Bring Your New Skinny Pig Home!

What To Expect When You Bring Your New Skinny Pig Home!

Bringing a new skinny pig into your home is an exciting adventure. However, the first few days can be a bit of a roller coaster—for both you and your new friend. Skinny pigs require special care and attention, especially during the initial adjustment period. Here's what to expect and how to make your new companion feel right at home.

Understanding Skinny Pig Behavior

When you first bring your skinny pig home, you might notice a range of behaviors that reflect their initial discomfort and anxiety. It's a big change for them, after all! 

Here are some typical behaviors to look out for:

Hiding: Seeking refuge in cozy corners or hideouts is common. It's their way of finding safety in an unfamiliar environment.

Freezing: You might observe your skinny pig suddenly stopping and standing still. This is a natural response to perceived threats or unfamiliar sounds.

Quietness or Frightened Noises: While some skinny pigs might be unusually quiet, others may vocalize their stress through squeaks or whimpers.

Creating a Comforting Environment

Your primary goal in the first few days is to make your skinny pig feel safe and loved. Here's how you can achieve that:

Provide a Cozy Hideout: Ensure their cage has a comfortable hideaway where they can retreat and feel secure.

Maintain a Quiet Space: Keep their environment as calm as possible. Sudden loud noises can be quite stressful for them.

Be Patient with Handling: Give them a few days to acclimatize before trying to handle them. Start with short, gentle sessions to build trust and always offer healthy treats.

Bonding with Your Skinny Pig

Bonding is a crucial part of helping your skinny pig adjust. Here are some tips to build a deep connection:

Talk Softly: Spend time near their cage talking in a soft, soothing voice. This helps them get used to your presence and voice.

Hand Feeding: Offering treats from your hand can be a great way to build trust. Opt for healthy options like small pieces of vegetables.

Gentle Handling: Once they're comfortable with your hand, you can start gently picking them up. Support their bottom and keep one hand under their feet to make them feel secure.

As days pass, you'll notice your skinny pig becoming more comfortable and adventurous. They'll start exploring their cage more, interacting with you, and may even start showing excitement when you approach. This is a sign that they're beginning to see their new environment as home.

Remember, every skinny pig is an individual with its own personality and pace of adjusting. Some may take longer to warm up than others, and that's perfectly okay. The key is patience, love, and understanding.

Welcoming a new skinny pig into your home is a rewarding experience. By understanding their needs and behaviors, providing a comforting environment, and taking steps to bond with them, you'll ensure a smooth transition for your new pet. Not only will this help your skinny pig feel safe and loved, but it will also lay the foundation for a deep, lasting friendship.

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Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H

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