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Old 09-09-2011, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I just got Pippin from the Exotic Animal Expo in Raleigh this past Sunday. The people I got him from I don't think really know a lot about him in general because they were really Reptile breeders who ended up with a litter of Hedgehogs. I know this was probably not the best place to get him from but I fell in love with the little guy and honestly wanted to rescue him from being poked by all the people who were like "what is it?". Anyway my question is that the food they were feeding him and told me to get him was Special Kitty. This obviously is not a good type of cat food to feed him. However because I know you shouldn't really change their diet when they're getting used to a new home I got it for him anyway. So my question is, how long should I wait before I change it to something better? Should I start mixing the foods at first and then ween him onto the new one?

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Old 09-09-2011, 08:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was wondering the same thing before I brought my little guy home. His owner at the time was feeding him Pretty Pets Hedgehog food and Whiskas cat food. A few people on here mentioned that I could try switching him to a better food right away, just to do it gradually. Felix actually started completely ignoring his other food and absolutely devouring the Innova I put in his bowl, so the switch wasn't exactly as gradual as I had planned.
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Link did the same thing! The breeder was feeding him Wiskas or w/e and he won't touch it now that I have the Innova in the bowl. We have some gourmet hedgies on our hands!
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Most hedgehogs are going to tell the difference between real meat and by-product junk and choose the first over the ladder every time generally you should do it in 25% introductions over 4 weeks, however if your hedgehog avoids the lesser food there is little you can do.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thank you so much guys. It has been very helpful.
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