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Old 09-13-2016, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am a newbie here. I've been gave a male hedgehog about 3 weeks ago but I'm not sure how old is he. So far he's ok (I try to compare my hedgie to the normal health signs in the internet) though he didn't received a good treatment from the first owner.
At first he was a little bit stress (I think it's because the new place), he refused to eat and hissing a lot. But after few days he seems like normal, no more hissing and he eats a lot. Until 4 days ago I change the food, because I think the food quality that given to him from the first owner doesn't has a proper nutrition for hedgehog (less protein source and it contains so many grains). I changed it to 1st Choice Kitten Food (it contains 30% protein, 20% fat, and 3% fiber). He seems to be like the food because he eats more than usual. But after that I realize that my hedgie poop is darker and the amount is less than before and the pee smeels not good even I take him to the bath 3 days ago. And, I found 1 or 2 quill after I cuddle with him.
Did I give him the wrong food?
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You are supposed to gradually switch the food. You can't just give them a random brand new food.

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I would add some of his old food to his new food. You should switch slowly and it should take about a month to completely switch to a new food. The dark poops are from the sudden change in food. Also 20% fat is very high for a hedgehog. They should have no more than 15% fat and most do well on 9-12% fat.
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I see. So I need to change it gradually. Thank you for your help Paige and Nikki
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Also that for is not great. The protein levels are a little low. The fat is too high and the fiber levels are lower than I like but that would be your choice

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The protein levels are fine. Protein only needs to be between 28-35%.
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Ok, now he refused to eat. He eats only a little and his poop a little bit wet not as dry as usual. I really need to be back to the old food even I don't really like the composition. Do you have a specific brand that is good for hedgie? I'm not in US, so it's quite hard to find a hedgehog supply here. Thank you.
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It's pretty hard for us to recommend a food in a different country since we don't know what's available there. You just need to start reading ingredient and nutritional analysis labels and find a good one that way. Read the posts in the nutrition section here and that will give you all the information you need to pick a good food.
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