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Old 08-22-2014, 01:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm quite new at this Hedgie owning thing so I naturally have a few questions. I sure hope there isn't a limit on how many threads you can post because I keep coming up with new questions and concerns. I'm just worried that I'll do something wrong, I just want my Hedgie to be happy and healthy. I've done a lot of research but I don't always find a straight answer. Should I soften his cat food first or is it fine to give it to him like it came in the bag? I also wonder if it's normal for hedgies to itch every so often? Do they just tend to get itchy like humans? Last one for now, what type of drinking method/object is best for hedgies?
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I give hollys kibble straight from the bag, some people do soften, I sometimes blend howies wet food and make it like a gravy for holly. Once in awhile they itch. I just use water dishes, I know bottles can slice hedgies tounges, I've never used bottles but that's just what I heard. We encourage questions! The more you ask the more you know
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I used dry kibble straight from the bag with exception of one of my hedgies who barely weighed 80 grams. If he seems to be struggling with the food you can always crush it or wet it and see if that's better.

Babies, to me at least, seem to itch so much more than adults. Both Winter and Penny itched so much as babies I thought they both had mites. They didn't thank goodness. I think they get itchy and dry from quilling.

I use dishes. Penny didn't touch her water bottle at all when I first got her so I switched her to a dish and she drinks like a champ.
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Old 08-23-2014, 07:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use small ceramic bowls that are found exclusively at petsmart. Not because I totally love petsmart but in my opinion the bowls are perfect. I use them for food and water.
As for kibble from my experience. When they were small I pounded the kibble to make it tiny and easy to eat. As they got bigger I left it dry, right from the bag. But then came to the realization that one of my babes was having issues eating the kibble even though everyone else was doing fine. So now I slightly moisten the kibble. Not enough to soak it, just enough to soften it a bit and easier to chew. Everyone likes it and I can be sure they are all able to eat.
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For hedgies that don't eat or have difficulty eating dry kibbles, I'd soften their food by soaking it water for about 5-10 minutes. Drain off all the excess water and give it to them. This way, the kibbles won't be like a disgusting mash or pasty mix. Then after a week I'd reduce the time of soaking til eventually you'll reach a point that it is dry
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