Food and Treats

HEDGEHOG DIET

Diet is very important to their overall health.  Their main kibble should say  27%-34% protein  and be low in fat (10%-14%).  We suggest a main diet of a high quality cat kibble (about 1-2 tablespoons) a day.   Look for chicken or chicken meal as the first ingredient.  They should have access to food in their dish and fresh water at all times.

For more food information visit: Beginner’s Guide to Hedgehog Nutrition

This is a good list from Volcano View Hedgehogs of the most commonly found approved food:  Recommended Kibble

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You should also supplement the kibble with treats.  Treats are a great way to bond with your hedgie!

RECOMMENDED TREATS:

  • Mealworms, wax worms, silk worms, crickets
  • Canned cat food (about a teaspoon)
  • Baby food (chicken is popular)
  • Cooked chicken, turkey, or salmon (all without seasoning)
  • Fruits or veggies: favorites seem to be sweet potato, carrot, peas, applesauce, and watermelon
  • Scrambled egg

For more information on treats: Treat List

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DO NOT FEED:

  • Kibble that is higher than 37% protein (has been linked to renal problems)
  • Fresh caught bugs can have parasites and pesticides in them
  • Grapes, raisins, and chocolate are TOXIC
  • Nuts and seeds are choking hazards
  • Fatty foods and junk food (if its not considered healthy food for humans, its not good for them either)
  • Food marketed for guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, etc.

 

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