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Old 09-08-2011, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New owner, probably some old questions you've heard before.

While i've been doing my research, i found that the eating habits are really obscure on hedgehogs. So, I've been wanting to ask these questions. (I just want to make sure I'm doing everything right.)
Is there any specific brand of cat food that is good for a hedgie's feeding? How many kibbles should you give him a day?
How many mealworms should be offered? Fruits and vegetables?
Any other food advice you could give me?
Thank you so much, I just get varying answers on every website i go to, and then i figured, why not just ask the people who own healthy hedgehogs?
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello,

We have a cat food list in this forum that will list recommended foods the important factors by majority opinion at HHC is to have real meat as the first and/or second ingredient and the pro tein to be at or below 35% and fat below 15%.

Kibble should be free fed to your hedgehog as many people here recommend counting kibble to know how much they eat, they key is to find some leftover in the morning this way you can monitor changes in eating which may be related to health. Each hedgehog is different and so there is no exact amount for any food including insects as long as they do not get obese and their weight remains stable.
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Default Re: New owner, probably some old questions you've heard before.

There's a great list of cat foods that are suitable for hedgehogs in this thread. My little guy loves Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul. As far as amount, free feeding (just putting food in the bowl rather than measuring or counting) is recommended by most people and what I go with. They can eat as much as little as they like without having to worry about running out. They tend to eat as much as needed and not over-eat, so unless they're getting unusually plump, it shouldn't be a problem. You may also end up with a bit of a nut like mine who won't clean out his bowl completely and leaves a little bit left for a "just in case more food never comes" situation, so when it starts to get a little low, I put in more food. If you're concerned about how much they're eating, I'd recommend measuring by weight instead of counting individual kibbles as their weight can vary from piece-to-piece, especially if you buy a food that has different sized and shaped bits.

For meal worms, I usually give my guy about 5 - 6 most days. It really depends on if they like them (some don't) and how big the worms are. Some feed more, some feed less. There's no hard and fast rule. I use them as treats so they're not quite an every day thing for him. I'll usually change things up and give him a piece off of a chicken if I have one. The same thing goes for any other treats including fruits and vegetables. Some like 'em, some don't. It really comes down to if your little one likes whatever the treat is.
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Just a note....with any treat, you need to offer it quite a few times before they may realize they can eat it and/or they like/dislike it. Offering a treat once that isn't eaten doesn't mean they won't ever eat it.
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