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Mini pig scratches his bottom over and over on video

So there is no other way to put this: pigs like their ahem, butts, scratched. It is a little vulgar for me to write that but there is really no way around this . . . or the video if you watch (a little inappropriate and comical but full pig butt scratching behavior at its finest!).


I had never seen Coccolino or a pig scratching his bottom like this before. Usually Coccolino will rub up against the wall for his scratches but this time the carpet seemed to do it. Pigs are unable to get around with their heads to scratch their behinds and they are well known for enjoying that feeling.

If a pig scratches too much, it is an indication of mange, a common problem that pigs face (lots of excessive scratching from mites that might even cause bleeding). Thankfully that is not the case with Cocco; he was just enjoying an opportunity for the jute rug to scratch his itch. I have never seen him do it so to be able to record it for the first time and share with you is just priceless 😉

Enjoy our otherwise sweet and (somewhat) proper pig enjoying his butt self-scratched!:

~ Katie and a happily scratching Cocco

22 thoughts on “Mini pig scratches his bottom over and over on video

  1. Bouncing Bertie

    Hi Cocco, great video!
    Toodle pip!
    PS from Gail – scooting the rear end across the carpet in dogs is often a sign of infected anal glands. Cocco’s action, back and forth, is a different and he certainly looks happy enough, but I did wonder if pigs too can suffer from the same problem?

    1. minipig Post author

      Thank you Gail, I actually did think of that because I remember our old dog did that sometimes. It is the first time he has done this but you are right, that kind of scooting can be indicative of perhaps more than a good itch! I am going to call the vet but even better I will also check with my NAPPA (potbellied pig association) board who are so experienced. Thanks and I will let you know what they say!

    2. minipig Post author

      OK, just talked to the vet tech. She said if it was an isolated incident it is most likely just a good ol’ scratching but if I notice this again I will take a fecal sample for them to test (more for possible parasites, not anal glands apparently). Thanks again for pointing it out!

  2. Pam

    That was precious! A guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do and we all know that guys like to scratch!!! Love it……………sending Cocco and all of you a BIG HOLIDAY HUG!

    Love, Sammy and Pam

  3. Frankie and Ernie

    HEY Cocco …. WE are Butt Scooters TOO… no shame in THAT at all.
    Sending you and your peeps a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS wish.

  4. Madi and mom

    OMPs…Cocco I tried to get mom to buy you an automatic butt scratcher..for your gift…BUTT she would not buy it.
    MOL mol mol Cocco you are a funny piggy
    Madi your bffff

  5. Sherri-Ellen T-D.

    ROFWL>>>Oh Katie the video is so funny! Coccolina looks so non chalant after the bum scratchin…lal la la….
    Made my day!
    We want to wish you & your entire clan (2 & 4 legged) a VERY Merry Christmas & a wonderful & happy 2015!!!
    Much love, Sherri-Ellen & Siddhartha & ‘Angel’ Nylablue too <3

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