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To say no to visiting pigs for Christmas??

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PigAuntie Fri 29-Nov-19 18:02:32

My sister wants to buy my niece and nephew micro pigs for Christmas. They are coming to stay with us for Christmas so she wants to know if she can bring them with her!!!
AIBU to say no because
- we don’t want pigs running around our house partly due to we have no idea (and neither does she) if They will be chewers/poo everywhere/cry all night plus they are tiny and will be at danger of being stood on
- we have a 3 bed semi, with 9 people, Xmas tree, extra chairs etc it’s already going to be crowded enough and we don’t have the space to put a pig pen anywhere - the conversatory is already taken over by the guinea pigs cage. (C&C open type)
- I don’t agree with animals being given as Christmas presents as Christmas is busy and chaotic and full of noise and lights and wrapping paper and choas. I believe a new pet needs to be introduced to a family in a calm and serene environment where they can get used to each other and the animal can retreat to a safe place when they need too
- I also don’t think any animal should go an3 hour journey unless absolutely necessary or they have got used to car journeys
- you need a permit to move pigs to another premises and I think are them not allowed to move them again for 20 days!!!
- Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I don’t want it overshadowed by pigs!
- we will all be drinking (as is the nature of Xmas day) so I don’t think we should be in charge of tiny piglets when no one knows exactly what they are doing with them.

On a positive note I have found out that DH is the perfect mumsnetter husband, his response was ‘fuck no, that’s all you need to say, just no, don’t need to justify it, we say no that’s it!! So I’m happy to loan him to help people with CF’s!!!

CoffeeWithMyOxygen Fri 29-Nov-19 18:04:07

Is she aware that micro pigs don’t stay micro forever? Please tell me they live on a farm or a small holding or something where a pig can happily live!

Butchyrestingface Fri 29-Nov-19 18:05:41

Does your sister intend to board the hogs for your kids until they come of age 35 and can take over custody?

You are not being remotely unreasonable. However, my cold, dead heart starts to thaw at thought of wee, pink piglets... 😢

Butchyrestingface Fri 29-Nov-19 18:06:48

Ignore my misreading - thought piggies were for YOUR kids. 🤭

I’d still want to see them though

SunnySomer Fri 29-Nov-19 18:07:30

So I know nothing about micro pigs, and when I read your post googled. This is the first thing that came up: www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2019/oct/18/big-porkie-why-do-we-keep-falling-for-the-myth-of-the-micro-pig
Key thing that occurs is - pigs really aren’t house pets. She sounds insane. 🙁

HundredMilesAnHour Fri 29-Nov-19 18:07:53

Your sister is batshit. Buying pigs as a present is thoughtless and extremely cruel. Personally I'd be telling her that if she does something so stupid, she won't be welcome at Christmas or any other time.

www.gov.uk/guidance/keeping-a-pet-pig-or-micropig

madcatladyforever Fri 29-Nov-19 18:07:59

Is this a joke? For fucks sake the piglets are not toys and no it would most definitely not be suitable for them.
I'd report her to the RSPCA.

Haffdonga Fri 29-Nov-19 18:08:36

No such thing as a micro pig. Your sister is an idiot.

Brimful Fri 29-Nov-19 18:08:49

Say yes, and you'll do bacon sarnies in the morning.

Yarboosucks Fri 29-Nov-19 18:09:03

Say yes, as long as she prepares and cooks them.

PigAuntie Fri 29-Nov-19 18:10:12

@CoffeeWithMyOxygen I purposely kept my original post about them coming for Christmas however I do have huge huge misgivings about her having them as pets which is a whole other issue I need to tackle!!
She lives in a 3 beds semi with a completely patioed small back garden, she rents, her house is really messy - floor completely covered in stuff so I worry about the pigs ruining everything/eating something they shouldn’t and getting ill, etc

Gabrielknight Fri 29-Nov-19 18:10:41

micro pigs' are full size pigs piglets .... They will get huge. Your sister is crazy. Unless they live on a farm?

Yarboosucks Fri 29-Nov-19 18:10:50

@Brimful - Great minds and all that!

Yarboosucks Fri 29-Nov-19 18:12:20

Who is selling them to her? They should be prosecuted!

Gabrielknight Fri 29-Nov-19 18:12:31

Just seen your update. Keeping pigs isn't easy....also if she rents her landlord will never allow it surely?

notacooldad Fri 29-Nov-19 18:13:23

Oops I tapped on YABU!
I mean that your not being UR!

justanotherlemontree Fri 29-Nov-19 18:14:12

It’s not the poo that’s the real problem - pig urine really stinks, which I think is a big part of the reason why they’ve never taken off as indoor pets!

Yarboosucks Fri 29-Nov-19 18:14:28

Are you sure that she is not winding you up? Have you ever mentioned "pig sty" and "your house" to her in the same sentence?

EllaEllaE Fri 29-Nov-19 18:16:22

Nope, no, not a chance.

A relative of mine runs an animal sanctuary for pigs that were brought as pets but then abandoned when they grew to full size. It's really upsetting -- the ones sold as micro pigs are often starved or otherwise stunted by breeders to keep them small before they are sold. When they are brought by people who don't understand what they are getting into, they often end up neglected or abused. Pigs are intelligent, sociable animals and looking after them is a lot of work. It's not the same as getting a puppy or a kitten. Your sister is being foolish, but also potentially cruel. Absolutely do not let her bring them to your house for christmas, and also try to strongly convince her that this is a very bad idea.

AllYouGoodGoodPeople Fri 29-Nov-19 18:16:33

Wouldn't it be easier if she just collected them after Christmas?

CurbsideProphet Fri 29-Nov-19 18:18:06

Why on earth would a grown adults make the ridiculous decision to buy 2 piglets when they are not a farmer / aren't experienced with farm animals / don't have any proper land to keep them on.

Obviously the pigs will be gone by 5th January.

You really don't have to ask if it's unreasonable to not want 2 piglets staying in your house.

VictoriaBun Fri 29-Nov-19 18:18:42

Email this to your sister, found very easily online.

How big do micro pigs get?
A pet pig, selectively bred to be smaller, can grow up to half the size of a farm pig.

When they reach full adult size in three to four years, micro pigs can weight up to 150km/300 pounds, or over if overweight.

Some breeders say that the pigs will be 60 pounds/27 kg when fully grown. Seeing the adult parent pig can give you a better idea of how big your pig will be as an adult.

These pigs are called mini, micro or teacup, not because they are extremely small but because compared to a normal farm pig they are smaller.

NoHummus Fri 29-Nov-19 18:20:15

Sorry but Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I don’t want it overshadowed by pigs! really made me grin.
Good luck keeping your Christmas pig-free (apart from the ones in the blankets).

HaileySherman Fri 29-Nov-19 18:21:15

She should REALLY check out "Sammy the Hammy" on YouTube. He was bought as a micropig. He's like 600 pounds now. And I absolutely LOVE animals, really, but he's not even remotely cute any more lol. Seriously.

PineappleDanish Fri 29-Nov-19 18:21:24

Sorry, OP. Your sister is an idiot.

Absolutely no way would I be having pigs in my house. Micro, mini, maxi or even fucking Babe. NO WAY.

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