Opinions on Hedgehog Complete? - Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum
Hedgehog Central GalleryForum Archives Facebook Link

Like Tree11Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-27-2015, 11:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
Member
 
lifequards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Washington, US
Posts: 62
Default Opinions on Hedgehog Complete?

Hello again!

I was wanting to switch out my hedgie's food I've been giving him to something more nutritious.

I was wondering what was other's opinions on Hedgehog Complete food by The Exotic Nutrition Pet Company?

I would preferred if someone who has actually tried it to answer, but here are the ingredients anyways:
Attached Images
File Type: png hedie.png (98.6 KB, 13 views)
lifequards is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-27-2015, 11:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 941
Default

This is not good. There are 2 kinds of corn and 2 kinds of soy in the first 5 ingredients. (Corn and soy are just about the 2 most GMO foods out there). Then there's cane molasses (sugar). None of this tells you the source either on the bloodmeal or the tallow. That's why most people think "hedgehog" food is crap. Your hedgie would be better off eating the box it came in.

Get something that has real food for at least the first 5 ingredients.

There are plenty of good stickies on what you should look for in a good food.
Lilysmommy likes this.
__________________
My newest girl AnRa born 12-10-19, came home 2-13-20

RIP dearest Rana 4-19-15 --12-12-19, I will miss you forever

RIP my dear Nara 7/2/10---1/6/15. Mommy will always love you.
MomLady is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-28-2015, 12:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
Member
 
SarahAlwaysWins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 35
Default

MomLady is right. In fact, most commercial hedgehog foods are no good for hedgehogs. You definitely want a named meat (chicken, turkey, lamb, etc.) as a first or second ingredient. "Bloodmeal" as a primary ingredient doesn't sound at all healthy for a hedgehog, and I don't see any meats at all in those ingredients.

I would look for a food off of this list: https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...oods-list.html and I also recommend looking over this nutrition guide sticky: https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...nutrition.html
Lilysmommy and MomLady like this.
SarahAlwaysWins is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-28-2015, 01:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
Member
 
lifequards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Washington, US
Posts: 62
Default

I use blue buffalo for my dogs, I can get some for cats, but I want to mix dried meal worms into the meals?

Last edited by lifequards; 04-28-2015 at 01:25 AM.
lifequards is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-28-2015, 01:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
Member
 
shinydistraction's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 1,548
Default

You want to avoid freeze dried insects. They've been known to cause impactions. There's no moisture in them and if your hedgehog does not drink enough water to make up for how dry the mealworms are it basically plugs up your hedgies system.
nikki, Lilysmommy and MomLady like this.
shinydistraction is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-28-2015, 10:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
Member
 
lifequards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Washington, US
Posts: 62
Default

haha... I wasn't planning on freezing them.
lifequards is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-28-2015, 12:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
Lilysmommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 11,963
Default

Dried insects are typically freeze dried - they're dried at cold temperatures to remove all of the moisture. They're not safe for the reasons ShinyDistraction stated. It's best to offer live, regular frozen/thawed, or canned insects to avoid impaction risks.
nikki and MomLady like this.
__________________
~*~*~ Kelsey ~*~*~

RIP my sweet Lily ~ 6/12/08 - 1/20/12
Lilysmommy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-28-2015, 06:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
Member
 
lifequards's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Washington, US
Posts: 62
Default

I usually give him alive but I just can't kill them for him anymore... Breaks my heart.
lifequards is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-28-2015, 06:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 21
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MomLady View Post
This is not good. There are 2 kinds of corn and 2 kinds of soy in the first 5 ingredients. (Corn and soy are just about the 2 most GMO foods out there). Then there's cane molasses (sugar). None of this tells you the source either on the bloodmeal or the tallow. That's why most people think "hedgehog" food is crap. Your hedgie would be better off eating the box it came in.

Get something that has real food for at least the first 5 ingredients.

There are plenty of good stickies on what you should look for in a good food.
agreed with Momlady!!!
sakitnyatudisini is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-28-2015, 06:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
Administrator
 
nikki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Manning, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 8,483
Default

You said you wanted to mix dried mealworms into the food? Not a good idea at all. Dried mealworms aren't good for hedgehogs and can cause intestinal impactions.
MomLady likes this.
__________________
Retired breeder and active HWS rescue station

http://www.quillsnthings.webs.com
nikki is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Tags
food, hedgehog complete, love, meal worms, opinions

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hedgehog Central Hedgehog pet care & owner forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hedgehog Complete Food Bosgarage57 Diet and Nutrition 3 01-20-2015 08:40 PM
Hedgehog Complete? Melemony Diet and Nutrition 6 07-13-2014 01:06 PM
Complete cage? affiebear Cages 9 10-09-2013 08:31 PM
Hedgehog Complete? jcar2801 Diet and Nutrition 10 04-16-2011 08:23 PM
Opinions on my hedgehog setup? howdx General Questions 4 03-26-2010 11:23 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:35 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum