Are pigs really such a excellent alternative – let’s see?! We’ll begin by looking at what we’re proposing they’re an alternative to.
A Dog – frankly, what is it for? What use is that lump of beautiful hungry fur sat behind me as I write, unquestioningly loyal and’loving’, adoring and fun/frustrating in equal measure? Principally it is a (relatively) low maintenance companion or’pet’, maintained these several millennia by human beings to maintain company and fulfil several extra needs that the man may have. Dogs can hunt, they can protect, they can herd other animals, and they can act as an alarm system. Dogs can sniff truffles, drugs, explosives and cancers. Perceptive and biddable, the perfect all-rounder? Considering my dog, he costs me his meals and the occasional shot and one or two pieces of canine paraphernalia (leads, bowls,’toys’, blankets, basket and treats), and in return he’s better than a door bell or car alarm, and has got a set of gnashers than would scare most folks if they cross him or threaten me he’s also a valuable alternative to chemical treatment for my depressive metabolism. Dogs smell when wet, like rolling in fox and cat poo, eat all manner of disgusting garbage, and shed hair everywhere they can around the house.
Is your pig a good alternative? A great one even? Not sure if I’m honest. An alternative suggests a replacement,’accessible as another possibility’. So can a pig replace a dog? I wouldn’t let it in the house, their intelligence and strength / size makes them petty harmful creatures. The odor you can get used to, though I’d probably tolerate a dry dog better. They, like a dog, eat whatever (but probably more of it), have a magnificent sense of smell, and are totally trainable – in fact they’re probably more intelligent than a dog, a few studies have demonstrated that the pig has an intellect equivalent to that of a 3 year old human being! They tend to grow larger (obviously this depends on breed) than many dogs, certainly with much higher front-end power and more powerful jaws. They have got lousy eyesight and aren’t especially mobile (so would be less demanding of exercise than a puppy ). They’ll likely live longer than a dog also, and where there are a whole lot of breeds of pig, there’s far greater variety in the doggie world.
If you want an alternative to a dog that does not need much exercise, and you’ve got a garden that you don’t mind being grubbed up, and you don’t mind carrying a small whiff around with you, then a pig is a great alternative: a great companion, trainable, entertaining and enjoyable to be around.
A Cat – hmmm, I need to confess a strong dog-bias here, so have not much positive to say about cats, but what they are extremely good at is owning a household, looking graceful, and keeping people with restricted mobility happy. They are good company when they fancy it, but have a tendency to look down on you in the identical way as a dog looks up to you unreservedly. A cat is good at catching vermin (and songbirds too, which is a tiny downside), but has horrible toilet habits. Cats aren’t so easy to train (because they can’t see the stage ). They come and go as they please, can utilize a flap, and are less costly to feed than a dog. Your pigs will eat any vermin stupid enough to offer themselves up in their pen, but are not gifted athletes or hunters. Pigs don’t jump, aren’t comforting to stroke, and aren’t really a gentle companion around the home – but then they have not got sharp claws .
A pig is actuallyn’t any kind of alternative to a cat, let alone a great one! For a start they’re more easily house trained and do not carry fleas that enjoy the taste of human beings. They are also a heck of a lot larger than domestic cats – but then they won’t bring small animals and birds into your home either (they’ll have eaten them !) . Contrary to your cat, the pig will always regard you as an equal, and be a lot more’needy’ of your focus.