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Old 08-30-2013, 01:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is 38.5% protein too high for a young hedgie?

I accidentally got kibbles that contains 38.5% protein and 11% fat. My hedgie is around four months and I'm wondering if the protein is too high and might cause fatty liver disease?
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Some people will say 30% is what you should aim, others will say 35% and some even say 40%. I would say find another one- for two reasons: that protein is pretty high, and the fat is kind of lowish for a young hedgie. If you did happen to feed it- I don't think anything would happen, but to be safe I'd try getting another one.
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Some people will say 30% is what you should aim, others will say 35% and some even say 40%. I would say find another one- for two reasons: that protein is pretty high, and the fat is kind of lowish for a young hedgie. If you did happen to feed it- I don't think anything would happen, but to be safe I'd try getting another one.
Info I've found online are inconsistent. Some say FLD is caused by too much protein, some by fat, so I'm a bit confused which I should trust.

What brands would you recommend?
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Info I've found online are inconsistent. Some say FLD is caused by too much protein, some by fat, so I'm a bit confused which I should trust.

What brands would you recommend?
I don't know much about FLD- just research about the assumed requirements.

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Blue Buffalo (Tons of good ones from this brand- although some people have said they've had problems lately)
Natural Balance Duck & Pea
Solid Gold Katz-N-Flocken Lamb


It's recommended you use a mix of at least 2, with 3 being most recommended.
Because no one knows all the specific requirements of hedgehogs, so including a variety makes it a higher chance of giving them what they need. Also, if one of the brands has a recall- you can phase that food out and you'll still have food to feed. I like to have a variety of protein as well (chicken, turkey lamb, etc) my mix has Lamb, Duck, and Chicken.

I use :
Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice Weight Control
Natural Balance Duck & Pea
Solid Gold Katz-N-Flocken Lamb
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If you were to mix it with a food around 30% protein, it'd even it out a little (if hedgie actually eats both), but otherwise agreed - I wouldn't feed it on its own.
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That's the Healthy Weight version right? I'm feeding the Senior version (1% higher fat). The kibble size is a little on the big size for smaller hedgehogs. It breaks fairly easy, but its still a little big for my liking for the small (300 gram range) hedgehogs. My bigger hedgehogs eat it though, however it isn't their favorite food in the mix. I'm still debating whether or not I use it when I refresh my food mix next time.

If you decide you want to use it, mix it with a lower protein food and you should be fine. I have a couple of foods that I use that are in the 38% protein range. They are mixed with a couple of other lower protein foods (30-33%).
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Thanks everyone! Very insightful suggestions.
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