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Old 02-18-2012, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All,

I have a sweet little baby boy hedgie. He is 5 months old and just the friendliest and funniest thing I have ever seen. He is active, alert and has a very healthy appetite. The only problem is, he only wants to eat the dry cat food I give him. I make him a mix of low fat dry Anova cat food and Purina One chicken and rice formula. I measure out just enough of each and he absolutely loves it. He just doesn't have any interest in any other treats or additions. I've tried almost every kind of fruit, several different veggies, mealworms (alive and dried), wet cat food, cooked (unseasoned) chicken and cooked (unseasoned) turkey. Should I keep trying? Do some hedgies not like to try other things? Are there some treats that are just irresistible? Could it just be his age? As I said, he seems happy with the cat food, but I want to make sure his diet is well rounded. Thank you, looking forward to hearing from you!
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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He'es not unusual. Many hedgehogs will not touch anything but their kibble. For some, they need repeated tries of something before they will decide to eat it so don't give up. Some babies will eat anything and others nothing but change as they become adults.

My Peaches was the ultimate in fussy. She would only eat her kibble and it had to be in full sized unbroken pieces. If a corner was broke off, forget it, she would not touch it. Bugs she wrinkled her nose in disgust. Damp food, don't even bother as it was YUCKY!
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you so much for your quick reply, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong! That is so funny that she wouldn't eat broken pieces, it's amazing the personalities these little creatures can have! I'll keep trying, there's got to be something out there that he just can't resist.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Archimedes is like this. He finally was willing to eat some watermelon, which was the first thing other than kibble. It took about 5-6 weeks of trying all different things, and that one is still the only success I've had. XD
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My female is very picky, she will only eat her kibble. She doesn't like treats at all.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You are not alone in your struggle! My boy will only eat meats(chicken, turkey, crab, lobster and shrimp) as well as eggs. He sometimes nibbles a bit on pumpkin, but only if it's been warmed and I feed him by hand with a baby spoon. The only time I can get him to eat fruit is using my mealie tweezers. He knows and recognise the tweezers as mealworm dispenser, so sometimes I'll stab a piece of fruit(like cantelope) after giving a mealie and he eats it before he even realised what he ate lol.
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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These are all so cute and funny! These hedgehogs sure know how to work their humans! Well I'm glad I'm not alone, and that Charcot isn't the only hedgie who needs a little more convincing to eat extra treats. Thank you guys for posting your stories, it has been so cute to hear about your hedgehogs eating specifications! This is an awesome forum
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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You cannot just try new things. First you have to examine it closely and ponder over it to decide if it is edible. If you decide it is edible, you don't want to eat it at first in front of the human because you don't want them to see you anoint with it. Then you may not want to eat it the next time it shows up, because you want to make your human work a little harder at it. Eventually your stomach just gives in though and you must eat it.
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HedgieCKC your little guy looks so cute in the picture btw!

And Immortalla so shneaky! I do the same thing. Lmao
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Kalandra pretty much explained Kashi's reaction to mealworms for the first time

Unfortunately, I have not been successful with any other treat since then... so mealies and kibbles for Kashi it is -___-
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