If you want the best toys for your potbelly pig, grab your wallet and get ready with these tried and true toys. Some of these you can DIY too!
As a pig owner myself, I love giving my babies toys to enrich their lives. When I started with my first baby mini pig in the house, I was looking for ways to entertain him.
Four pigs later, I want to share some of my favorite toys for your potbelly pigs. We recently brought home a KuneKune pig, and she loves several of these toys as well.
Pig Rooting Blanket
All pigs love to search around the ground for a tasty morsel. The amount of rooting varies with my pigs. My oldest male potbelly pig Bentley is a crazy rooter. But he seems to enjoy it. He has an issue with flipping the water bucket over, too, to show me how strong he is. My Juliana girls, well, one doesn’t care for it and the other every so often.
Why do pigs need toys anyways?
If you are keeping your pet pig indoors, they will want to satisfy their natural urge to search for food. This gives your pig the stimulation needed for a healthy, thriving pig.
A rooting mat is best for indoor pigs. Of course, you could put one out in the barn, BUT if you have your pigs in the barn, you can use a straw instead.
This Piggy Poo and Crew Pig Rooting Snuffle Activity Mat has excellent reviews and is available on Chewy here for $25.
Depending on how much space you have, this rooting rug on Amazon has fantastic reviews for a more prominent option.
Treat Dispensing Toys
If you only buy one toy for your potbelly pig, let it be this one; The treat ball. This ball is fantastic, and after four years finally cracked because I left it out in the winter to freeze.
It was a lifesaver when Bentley was in the house. I still use it frequently now that all the pigs live outside.
My following favorite toy is for the older pigs. Our four-year-old pigs are a pro with this one. Our 1.5-year-old pig pushes it around too. It holds up well, and you can score it on Amazon here.
I’ve found our KuneKune pig gets highly frustrated with the treat ball and likes this one a little better, but not much!
Root Box/ Play Pen
We made Bentley a rooting box when he was in the house. I filled it with plastic balls I had leftover from my kids. He liked it for a few days. Then all the balls were out of the box.
Then I tried putting a straw in the box. He ended up using it like his litter box. So for his personality, a rooting box in the house didn’t work. If I had Olive, my four-year-old Juliana, she would like the idea.
This playpen is made for pigs on Chewy.com. It’s a great idea but will take up more space. It could also work outside.
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Need your pig to slow down on eating? Or make them work for their food? Then, check out this excellent feeder.
- Enrichment slow feeder training toy stimulates and entertains your piggy pal.
- Fun activity keeps your pig occupied and happy.
- Encourages less vocal behavior.
The Classic Kong!
This is always a great toy for dogs, and it does well with pigs too.
Amazon has a great selection of larger and smaller ones here. But, of course, you could hang one in the barn too.
Wire Basket for Hay
Our pig’s favorite is alfalfa, of course. But they will munch on the leftover hay from the goats too. So you could put hay in a feeder on a wall for them to munch at. For mini pigs, you could find an old wire basket to screw to the wall for this.
Hay feeders, otherwise, are a little pricey.
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You can fill this with lettuce. Our pigs love pulling on chewing on these. They hold up well. I’ll fill ours up with spinach and frozen blueberries in the summer. Even in the winter, they hold up well outside.
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A Scratch pad
This is an excellent idea for an indoor pig. Our pigs outside love scratching their butts against the barn doors or walls. Sometimes against our pallet fencing, but it works, and it’s free.
This would be an excellent option if I were to keep our pigs indoors or had a small area for them without an actual good study post area. Grab one on Amazon here.
Believe it or not, pigs like to play with these. I find more so when they are younger. We had Bentley trained to play a little kids piano like this one. Every time he played a key, he got a treat. It was entertaining.
You can grab this one on Chewy for $19.99!
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PetSafe Busy Buddy Tug-A-Jug Meal-Dispensing Dog Toy
Another fun toy for your potbelly pig is this tug-a-jug. It would be a lot of fun for your dogs too! You can grab it on Amazon for under $15 here.
Keeping a pig entertained can be a challenge, but you will survive if you are stocked up with a few of these items. Of course, you can always sit down and give some belly rubs. That always seems to do the trick.
Let me know what your piggy is loving from the list in the comment section below?
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