If you are thinking about having a pig inside your home, or already do, you probably had no idea they would have accidents.
Pigs naturally like to do their business in the same spot. It’s fairly easy for them to understand a liter box and use it.
Until they regress. I’ve found with experience when they are under 5 months old and they have free range of the house, sometimes they can’t hold it, or make it back to the box. Especially in our home with all wood floors.
It does take time for them to adjust to the wood floors, but they do get better with walking.
If your mini pig has been great with using the litter box, but now seems to be going all over your home there are four things to keep in mind of why pigs pee in the first place.
- They just need to go and can’t hold it. How far are they from their litter box?
- Territorial- Yep this is how they mark their spots. Is your pig fixed? This will help.
- Sexual Attraction- Common in females for the boys to find her
- Submission- this means they are a little desperate for some interaction or friends.
- Medical Issue- hopefully not, but you can always take a sample to your local vet. You can collect urine sample with a soup lade and bring to nearest vet asap. The fresher the urine the more accurate results.
Now with those in mind, let’s talk more about pigs and what’s the best cleaner to remove the smell completely.
I kept my first potbelly pig in the house for 18 months. It was pure joy. Very much like having a toddler. Exciting and frustrating, and tearing at my heart strings daily.
When Bentley started peeing in the house, I thought maybe it was his litter. Maybe he couldn’t get into his litter box. Which I cut a hole and he endedup jumping over the other side anyways.
What worked the best was two things when it came to pig accidents in the house.
Letting him go outside, and not letting him have free range of the house.
He trained in a couple days to go to the door like our dog did. It was nice to let him out and he would come back up.
Are you new with having a mini pig in the house? Read my popular do’s and don’ts article here.
In the winter he would pee on the deck and come right back in. In the fall time, well he would trick me into thinking he had to go, but he really wanted to eat apples.
It takes time to learn your pigs behaviors. I truly love these animals and am bringing home a Kune Kune in a month. A baby, who will be in the house until she is a little bit bigger.
I love having them inside while they are only a few months old.
She will eventually go out to the barn, and we will be breeding her for more piggies.
I’ve shared several posts on the blog about mini pigs and you can check out those below.
Otherwise if you are looking for the BEST cleaner for pet accidents, it’s this. Odoban.
With the pandemic I’ve been noticing it in BIG jugs at our local BJs Wholesale club, Walmart, and Home Depot.
The cleaner is pretty amazing since you can use it as a disinfectant and a laundry sanitizer too.
It even mentions using it in your RV tank.
It’s a great all purpose cleaner and it really does take the smell out of carpets.
Here are some of the pricing- If you aren’t a BJs member you can score a $25 BJ’s membership deal here.
- BJ’s Wholesale club 1 gal. $9.99
- Walmart 1 gal. $15.99- in store- online it is outrageous- check it out here.
- Home Depot 1 gal. $9.99
Another great alternative to try is white vinegar. This helps remove the odor so your pig won’t keep peeing in the same spot. Remember they like to go in one spot.
This option will work for any pet urine as well.
You can mix 2/3 vinegar and 1/3 water. Let it soak and get as deep as the urine. After letting it soak for a few minutes dry it up. I find a shop vac works best for really soiled areas.
Otherwise grab some towels to soak it up.
If your significant other is like mine and despises the smell of vinegar go with Odoban. But if you don’t want to spend money, the vinegar smell will dissipate.
I hope this helps get the urine smell out of your carpets. If you have any questions at all about life with a mini pig, let me know and I’d love to get back to you.