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Old 04-24-2015, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have owned other hedgehogs but they were all rescues and not babies when I got them. So at the end of this month I'm getting my first ever baby hedgehog from a breeder !!

Now I know how to care for hedgehogs, however I'm just curious, is caring for a baby much different from caring for a adult? I know you have to give them more of a protein diet, and they go through quilling. But is there anything I should really watch for or more caution about?
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Be careful with protein - you still don't want the food protein percentage to be over 35% since it can potentially exacerbate kidney issues. Babies can have higher fat percentages than most adults need, though, 15-20%. You just have to keep an eye on weight & be prepared to mix in lower fat foods if they start getting chubby.
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Be careful with protein - you still don't want the food protein percentage to be over 35% since it can potentially exacerbate kidney issues. Babies can have higher fat percentages than most adults need, though, 15-20%. You just have to keep an eye on weight & be prepared to mix in lower fat foods if they start getting chubby.
Yeah my breeders mentioned that. They said that by the time I got her it would be a good time to start only giving her a teaspoon of the kitten food and then start adding in the adult food, Any suggestions for food? With my other heggie I always would do one spoon of normal cat food and then a spoon of weight management food, and then have his veggie bowl. I kinda just went with what he was eating but now that I'm getting a baby it's a food of choice so any suggestions?
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