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Old 05-14-2020, 11:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! My boy Punk is about 3 and a half or 4 years old, not exactly sure on his age due to him being a rescue. I've fed him cat food before but the large kibble got stuck in his teeth, causing an abscess, which a vet visit cleared right up. The vet, who has a hedgehog herself, recommended Mazuri hedgehog food, and he loves it. He's been on it for about a year and a half now, but I've been doing some research into food and there are so many different opinions and options out there about cat food versus hedgehog food versus strictly fresh foods. What is the best cat food for hedgies? And is Mazuri really a good food for him? Can I mix cat and hedgie foods?
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Old 05-14-2020, 01:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hedgehogs food tend to be full of fillers and rubbish and contain little to non nutrients that they actually need. Making it a pretty rubbish food - I have no idea on the specific one your using but I've seen other on here say its a pretty rubbish one.

Cat food is a lot better, you want one thats high in meat and high quality. If you look at this
Beginner's Guide to Hedgehog Nutrition https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/foru...ad.php?t=23034
It tells you what to look for in a cat food.
Whilst you can mix a good cat food with the hedgehog food theres really no point. The link above goes over why to have a mix. But really you want that with a few cat biscuits not a cat biscuit and hedgehog food

Fresh diets is really complicated. We dont know enough about them in the wild to know exactly what they eat and get the right nutrients from. So its really recommended to not go this route.
This is about fresh foods in the diet - along side the cat biscuit.
Offering Fresh Foods & Treats https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/foru...ad.php?t=23058

All diets should include live insects.
A lot of people also add in things like pet grade raw meat, or cooked meat - steamed if possible, from the supermarket. Then a small amount of cooked veg you can offer wet cat foods too. Some do cooked egg - Scrambled no milk and boiled are most popular ways to cook it. You can also offer small amounts of fresh fruit.
Check this link for safe and dangerous foods:
Treat List (Safe Fruits and Veggies) https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/foru...ad.php?t=17725
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