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Old 05-13-2009, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default hi food and heating question

hi i have had my hedgehog for about 4 months, he still pops and hisses at me but not as much, i didn't want to stress her to much so i haven't given her a bath yet and have yet been able to cut his nails but they really need cutting what would be best

when i got my hedge i got a book but it wasn't that good, i have recently got the Internet and found this site witch is brill its just im not sure if i have seen anyone feed the food that i am feeding, it was the food that she was all ready on but its so hard to tell how much she is eating as it never gets cleared but i like to put in fresh she has got bigger and seems healthy but this is my first hedgehog so im not sure what to do
the food is bogena universal food
it is a complete food based upon grond seeds, wild berries dried insects and fresh water shrimps, insectivorous birds may enjoy additional mealworms and fruit can always be added if desired thats on the box
i have heard of hedgehog rescue using this and cat food mix but apart from that i don't no
any help would be great

plus it has small berry seed looking things that she doesn't eat witch by what iv'e read is a good thing how would i begin to change the food as it is so different

i have her in a indoor rabbit cage with a wheel a hidy and food, water bowl i also but in a plastic cat ball in there with a bell in it but have notice there are bite marks on it is it ok for her to nibble it
i was wondering what the best way to keep her cage warm as the heating is not often on and its getting warmer so i don't want her to get to hot but i don't want her to get cold
plus she doesn't seem to be using her wheel that much (on a hot day in the evening the wheel seems to be messier so i think she needs to have a bit more heat plus when the weather gets colder what should i use

sorry for the long questions but im not to good at explaining
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Old 05-13-2009, 06:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: hi food and heating question

Hi, and welcome to HHC!

I personally don't recommend feeding any food (as a staple) that is not high quality cat food. Usually pet store foods for hedgehogs or insectivores are low quality, don't have the right vitamins, and are full of fillers. There is a list in the Diet and Nutrition forum of excellent foods. I would say gradually switching to a mix of a few of those, would be best.

To switch foods, you should start by giving the new food in very small amounts in addition to the regular food. Once your hedgehog is adjusted to the new food (and there are no problems, like allergies) you can increase the amount of new food and decrease the amount of old food slightly. Over a course of several weeks you can continue this, until s/he is eating only the new food.

As for biting on the cat toy, make sure s/he can't get their teeth/jaw stuck or cut on it. Also, if you think that hedgie will be able to bite a piece off, you should take it out. That would likely cause choking or intestinal blockages.

There are lots of ways to heat cages. You can try a ceramic heat emitter, or a space heater. There are several threads in the Housing Section that discuss this as well. You can look at stickies, or do a search to find more info.

Good luck with your hedgie!

PS, we can help you sex it if you like. If there is a "belly button" in the middle of the abdomen it is a male, and if there is a similar opening very close to the tail, it would be a female. If you are unsure you can post a pic of the underbelly.

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thank you so much for all the info i will deff do what u have recommended i will post some pics soon when i have had a proper look about on here thanks again for all ur help
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