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Old 03-04-2017, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently bought a hedgehog from a young boy. She was not very well cared for before I received her. (He thought SHE was a HE). I am currently feeding her Blue Buffalo Basics Turkey and Potato. She was being fed Meow Mix dry kitten food by the boy I received her from. I weighed her last night and she weighs around 550g at 2 years old. She cannot roll herself into a tight ball either. She does use her wheel and gets play time every day. Should I switch her to a low fat food?
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Old 03-04-2017, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you post some pictures of her? It does sound like she's probably overweight, but the number doesn't tell us much since some hedgehogs are just bigger than others. One of my current girls is at around 550g & the vet's fine with that weight for her.
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Here are a couple of photos of her. I can take more photos if needed. Thank you!
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She looks like she could be a little plump! What is the fat percentage in the food you are currently feeding? And the food she used to be fed?
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Her old food (the Meow Mix Kitten) was 15% fat. Her new food (Blue Buffalo Basics) is 14% fat.
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She should be eating a lower fat food, try switching her over to a food around 9-10% fat. Make sure you do it slowly.
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You can also offer low fat treats like crickets or vegetables.
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