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Old 12-06-2009, 05:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: Quills, Quills, Quills.

It's my understanding that overweight hedgehogs should be fed a lower fat diet but still be free fed. Hedgehogs need more than a tablespoon of food. Quillbert's bowl is about 4" wide and I fill it half way every day. He ends up eating about 2/3rds of it. And as others have said Whiskas is crap. It has a lot of fillers and junk in it like corn and by-products. I've listed the nutritional analysis below, taken directly from their website.

Whiskas Meaty Selections
Ingredients:
Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken By-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA/BHT), Natural Poultry Flavor, Wheat Flour, Rice, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Turkey By-product Meal, Caramel Color, Calcium Carbonate, dl-Methionine, Taurine, Trace Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), White Fish Meal, Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol)

Nutritional Analysis:
Crude Protein: Min 30.0%, Crude Fat: Min 12.0%, Crude Fiber: Max 4.5%, Moisture: Max 12.0%, Calcium: Min 1.0%, Phosphorus: Min 0.8%, Taurine: Min 0.1%

Indoor Formula
Ingredients:
Chicken By-product Meal, Rice, Ground Whole Corn, Corn Gluten Meal, Beet Pulp, Natural Poultry Flavor, Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA/BHT), Wheat Flour, Powdered Cellulose, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vegetable Oil, Caramel Color, Wheat Gluten, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Folic Acid), Inulin, Calcium Sulfate, Taurine, dl-Methionine, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Calcium Carbonate), Whitefish Meal, L-Carnitine, Yucca Shidigera Extract, Ethoxyquin (A Preservative).

Nutritional Analysis:
Crude Protein: Min 31.0%, Crude Fat: Min 9.0%, Crude Fat: Max 11.5%, Crude Fiber: Max 6%, Moisture: Max 12.0%, Magnesium Max .10%, Taurine: Min 0.1%, L-Carnitine Min 30 mg/kg*



While Whiskas meets the nutritional requirements for protein and fat, it does so by using a lot of junk, fillers, and by-products. This is an awful food with almost no redeeming qualities.

If price is an issue then I recommend Royal Canin Indoor formula (for adults) or Royal canin Baby Cat (for hoglets and hedgehogs under 4 months of age). It's more moderately priced than its more expensive competitors and is way more superior than something like Whiskas. Take a look at Reaper's dry cat food list if you want to see what else is good.
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