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Old 03-31-2019, 03:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I found this list to be a great help. It has specific brands and specific lines and formulas of those brands that show which are good for hedgehogs.
http://www.volcanoviewhedgehogs.com/kibble-list.html
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Old 03-31-2019, 04:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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As long as the cat food is for kittens, it can do the job.
There is no reason to favour kitten food over food marketed for adult cats. Adult cats and kittens have the same nutrient requirements. Kitten food wont have more nutrients than adult cat food and vice versa. The only difference is that (generally speaking) kitten food is of a higher fat content, and is more calorie dense - because it's marketed for young, growing cats. But the difference between adult vs kitten vary amongst brands - some don't have any notable difference at all.

I also want to hit on your last point with regards to mealworms; hedgehogs require a variety of insects, and they should be alive - or if not, canned. Dried insects are best avoided, because they can cause issues with compaction. You can read more about it here. Hedgehog food is also not great for hedgehogs, and I don't believe there's one on the market. They contain a lot of poor quality ingredients (like unspecified meals, corn, and by-products) that are really just best avoided.
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sorry I just want to add something on the insects to what Emc has said.
You dont heve to feed them live. You can buy them live (some online places also pre gut load them so check that) and gut load them for 24hours if they havent already been, and then put them in your freezer for 24-48 hours then thaw them 15 mins before you give them to your hog.
Also its actually cheaper 9 times out of 10 to buy them live then kill them yourself (in your freezer) than it is to get them dead.

Dried or freeze-dried should always 100% be avoided, for the reasons Emc has said.
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Old 04-01-2019, 11:27 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I bought this.

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Old 04-01-2019, 12:21 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The analysis looks alright, though a bit low in protein. As long as you supplement their diet with some high protein tests, that can balance it out. You may consider mixing a couple types of dry diets; this looks like a great amount of fat so you could look for another type that’s higher in protein but lower in fat. This would give your hedgie some options too! Just an idea 🙂
I don’t see the ingredient list, but if whole meats are listed in the first 1-3 ingredients, it could be a fine beginning diet. I know I switched Christina’s diet a couple of times as I was learning more about their nutritional needs!
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Heres the ingredients.

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I think if you mix it with another one with less wheat/corn it should be fine. Make sure its lower in fat around 10% or less to keep your overall fat level down, and try get one with about 30% or a bit higher to get you overall protein a bit higher.
Try get one that has a higher percent of meat too, to out weigh the other ingredients more.

Some foods tell you the overal amount of meat
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Old 04-01-2019, 01:46 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I do like that it’s limited ingredients!
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I think if you mix it with another one with less wheat/corn it should be fine. Make sure its lower in fat around 10% or less to keep your overall fat level down, and try get one with about 30% or a bit higher to get you overall protein a bit higher.
Try get one that has a higher percent of meat too, to out weigh the other ingredients more.

Some foods tell you the overal amount of meat
I'll show you my iams one
Ok, thank you for the information

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Old 04-01-2019, 02:12 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Can I mix it with the first catfood I bought, the picture is the first one I sent.

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