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Old 12-08-2014, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I weighed my hedgehog today and she only weighs about 202 grams!
I was told they should weigh 250 at the least.
I'm wondering what food I can add to her diet?
The three foods I'm currently feeding her have 40% protein, 33% protein and 34%. They have 11% fat, 15% fat and 13% fat.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Weight is only one part of making sure a hedgehog is a healthy size. You have to look at the body shape as well. Try to look at her from the side and from above. When she's just resting (not stretched out), what do her sides look like? Most hedgehogs are tear-drop shaped & have plump sides. Runners have straight sides like | |, which is fine (though you do have to keep an eye on them). If she's underweight & really needs to gain, her sides will be slightly caved in like ) (. If you're unsure, feel free to take some pictures to share. Sometimes other eyes help.

Her age is a factor as well - if she's still young, she'll still grow some more & her body shape will fill out, usually. Even though hedgies are considered adults at 6 months, they still do a bit more growing and filling out until they're around a year.

If you do come to the conclusion that she needs to put on some weight, I would add a higher fat food first. You could also feed more fatty insects such as mealworms & waxworms.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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She is quite a small hedgehog, both her parents were small, so I didn't expect her to weight more than 280 grams, but she does seem especially light!
She doesn't /look/ underweight but, I've learnt, with hedgehogs it's better safe than sorry
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The links don't work for me, can you put the pictures on a website where they can be linked from? Something like Flickr, Photobucket, Facebook, etc. Just make sure the photos are public & that should work.
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm sorry!
Hope this works!
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