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Old 07-15-2018, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Needing advice on soft food portion size/quantity

My 4-year-old boy Milo has a tumor on his jaw and was recently diagnosed with cancer, so I've just switched to feeding him soft food since he can no longer eat crunchy kibble. I'm having trouble figuring out how much to give him, since usually a larger dish of dry food has always been available for him to graze as he wants.

He still has quite the appetite and gobbles up any food I put down for him. So far I've been soaking his kibble in water, mushing it up, and blending with a bit of turkey baby food, then giving him a dollop when I go to bed and another when I wake up (approx. 9pm and 6am).

Are there any guidelines for what quantity and frequency to feed soft food? He weighs 384 grams.

Is there any harm to providing more food? I'm not sure if he would eat whatever amount I provide (to the point of being sick from overeating?) or if he's still recovering from a couple days where he barely ate when he first stopped being able to tolerate kibble. The first day or two I gave him just baby food, a few small spoonfuls a few hours apart, so he didn't eat too much too quickly. Of course I'd clean out any uneaten portion within a few hours, I've just been hesitant to give him a very large portion because he's been eating it all so quickly.

Thanks for the input!
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Hedgehogs should always have as much food as they want. I would try giving two dollops morning and night. If he eats all of it give more. Keep adjusting until he's leaving a bit behind each time.
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Thanks Nikki! I'll do that
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Oh I'm sorry to hear your boy has been diagnosed with cancer
My boy has a lump/inflammation on one side of his lower lip. He is only 1yr and 9 months (has had it for a few months) so I'm hoping its not anything serious :/. We've been to the vets a couple of times and they don't think it's anything to worry about but of course I do worry every night checking it ><
Can I ask how did Milo's jaw look when you first noticed it, was it like a small lump/inflammation or did the tumour appear and grow quite suddenly?

I also feed my boy Yuki soft food (kibble, insects and water mashed). He wouldn't eat cat kibble from when I first tried to introduce it over a year ago but like Milo will happily gobble it up mashed! he's gained so much weight from doing so, weighing 475gs currently!

I'd just use the same amount you used to fed as dry kibble. I feed approx 70 kibble at night (it's a mix of 4 different types and two types are smaller than the other two types, so perhaps 55-60 regular size pieces). I offer it around 10pm when I wake him up for bonding, he'll eat about 5 grams then. We have a cuddle and he'll get some mealies and crickets during bonding and before putting him away for the night around midnight I'll offer his food mix again and he'll eat some more most the time. I then put the rest of the mixture in the dish and give it a stir (especially in this hotter weather it can dry up quicker so sometimes I make it a bit more watery too. if I don't do this, usually he doesn't eat as much during the night). I put the dish in his cage with some canned insects scattered around and he'll then eat the rest during the night. Most the time he'll finish majority of the mixture before 4am. He doesn't eat anything after this time I've noticed since Spring/Summer.

I then prepare a fresh mixture the next morning around 9-11am (a smaller portion as he doesn't eat as much during the day, using about 20 pieces of kibble) and make this one more watery so it doesn't dry out. I mainly want him to stay hydrated as he barely touches his water bowl, so only gets fluids from his food and insects, as its really hot here atm. Most days, he'll have eaten majority of this mixture by the early evening when I take it out to clean the bowls etc. some days it's basically all gone and other days he'll leave half of it so just depends how much he sleeps! ^^

So like Nikki suggested, just keep adjusting as necessary but what you fed as a dry portion before is probably a good starting point for him
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