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Old 06-10-2020, 01:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey!! So I'm very new to this whole hedgehog owning thing, I just got my first baby boy Astro this past Friday, June fifth. On June 12th he will be 7 weeks old and he weighs 214gms. I just got back from his vet wellness check and they absolutely adored him! The breeder did an incredible job with his temperament and such haha.

Anyways, this is all besides the point. I have been giving him Blue Buffalo Indoor Health for adult cats. Its nutritional value is 32% min Protein, 15% min fat, 6% max fiber which is what I've seen the breeders here give the hedgies in Southern Ontario.

Now, the vet had a few concerns with pet store cat food as he's seen cats get stones from it and he didn't want me to have this issue with my little Astro. He suggested I get a veterinary kitten food since he's a baby and it's very high quality. He also suggested that I add a multivitamin every other day and give him a quarter teaspoon of wet food every day with his kibble.

The dry food and wet food is as follows, Purina Veterinary Diets, essential care Kitten formula.
Dry Food Analysis:
Protein Min 41%
Fat Min 19%
Fiber Max 2.5%
Wet food Analysis:
Protein Min: 12%
Fat Min: 6%
Fiber max 1.5%

To me, this feels like a lot of protein but the vet said since he is a baby that he should have a high protein diet. But I have seen much lower proteins recommended for hedgies.

Now for the Exoterra Multi Vitamin Powder Supplement, I am meant to sprinkle 1/4 of the spoon included in his food every other day. This has a lot of stuff in it and I'm sure you can find the ingredients and Analysis online because this post will become too long. But, it does have 14% min protein also.

I was wondering if this is too much for him? Or if I wasn't supplying him with enough from just the food I was giving him initially. I really just want the best for him. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this through and give me feedback!!
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Old 06-10-2020, 03:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For one purina is not a high quality cat food. They are full of rubbish by products and fillers and just rubbish ingredients. Purina is just rubbish!

41% protein is wayyyyyy to high, 35% is what's ideal max but if you have a very high meat then a 37% protein is fine. 41% protein is going to do no good.

Honestly there is no reason to change it, once the are 2 months (when the go to new homes) they are generally taken off kitten food and put onto an adult food.

There is nothing wrong with what you currently use, though I would suggest adding a second high quality food to make a mix up, ideally of a different brand. This give you a better range or nutrients, but also gives you a safety net if one of the foods ingredients changes or theres a recall on the brands biscuits or the brand goes bust, then you have one you can fall back on from a different brand.
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Thank you so much for responding!!! The amount of protein was definitely my biggest issue with all this new food. Also, with the corn and flours in the Purina compared to the Blue Buffalo. I felt inclined to listen to my vet, so of course I went ahead and bought everything he told me to get. So should i just disregard the Purina wet and dry food and the multivitamin?
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The multivitamin isnt really an issue go ahead and use that one a few times a week.

The wet food you could use if you want - I've never looked at purina wet food.

The dry purina I would say ditch though. Maybe you can take it back and get your money back?
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