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Charné 11-04-2019 07:34 AM

Supplementation
 
I am trying out new food with Alvin to establish what he likes and does not like.

What he definitely likes is his dry and wet cat food, mealworms and his reward after my husband has bathed him, a small bit of cheese.

I tried cooked carrots and potatoes, but he is not a fan. I thought about trying this again in the winter.

He did eat strawberries and banana, but suddenly he is not interested in it anymore.

I recently bought custard fruity flavoured purity baby food and he loves it. How much can I give him? And how many times?

I am trying to supplement his food as best I can. Will he be okay while we (Alvin and I) are testing his food likes and dislikes?

Emc 11-04-2019 08:18 AM

Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, so I would stop with the cheese treats. I’m not familiar with the pouches you plan on using, but ‘custard’ makes me suspect that there’s possible dairy products in them. Your hedgehog should not be consuming any dairy. It’s not good for them, and they have no need for it.

Theyre largely insectivores by nature and just don’t tend to enjoy fruits & vegetables. Sometimes they’ll eat a bit of fruit as a snack, but in general they snub it a lot of the time. They get all the veg they need through their insects that have been properly gut-loaded; essentially, the insects eat the veg, and your hedgehog eats the insects and they get their veg that way. So even if he’s one of the (many) hedgehogs who refuse to try a lot of veggies, there’s no worries - once his insects are properly gut loaded, he’s getting all the veg he needs.

Hedgehogs also lack a caecum, so he shouldn’t be getting much fruits & veggies anyway. A small amount one to two times a week is fine, but it shouldn’t be making up a huge portion of his diet.

I would recommend adding more insects to his diet though. Being insectivores means they need a variety of insects; more than just mealworms, and they should be getting them daily, as part of their usual diet. I’d recommend looking into locusts, crickets, Dubia roaches, and morioworms. For more ‘treat time’ insects, wax worms and fruit beetles grubs work well. Many hedgehogs also adore snails. Ideally, you want at least 5 different types.

Charné 11-07-2019 08:21 AM

Thank you!


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