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Old 08-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We have had our hedgie for about a week. I would like to start mixing her food in the next week or so to be on some better stuff. I am kind of overwhelmed with trying to figure out what to get. We have to drive about an hour to get to a pet store with some of the better food, so I want a good idea before I drive that far. I have the list of foods from the sticky here...but theres soooo many!! Right now she is on Purina Kitten Chow.

So what is in your food mix??
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I use Wellness Indoor Health, Wellness Healthy Weight, Blue Longevity for Mature Cats and Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck.

Purina Kitten Chow isn't a good food though so I would take that completely out. It contains corn, which is a big no-no it also has some other preservatives in it that aren't good for hedgies.
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Yeah...I know it not the best but that's what she came with and I don't want a upset hedgie tummy!

And do these foods last a long time? I mean I know the small bags are rather large for a hedgie...and to mix so many...do you ever have expiration issues?
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In my mix I have Blue Buffalo and Innova but Innova had a recall and I threw it out. When I need to buy more food I plan on adding Simply Nourish.
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I have this food (Blue Weight Control Adult)

Dry food will stay good for about a year if in an air tight container after the bag has been opened.
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I have Authority Sensitive Soulution turkey flavor. Seriously, I think it's one of the healthiest cat food, also it is SO cheap. I make sure my hedgie does not have food that is junk.
I would use Authority Senstive Soulution Turkey flavor or use kitten if the hedgehog needs to gain weight.
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Yeah...I know it not the best but that's what she came with and I don't want a upset hedgie tummy!

And do these foods last a long time? I mean I know the small bags are rather large for a hedgie...and to mix so many...do you ever have expiration issues?
If you switch slowly and use a probiotic you should be fine. In the long run, a possible upset stomach for a few days is better than feeding them something that is sub-par.

I have had Prim for a year and have only bought food 3 times. I keep mine in a sealed container like mentioned above and don't have any issues.
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So I got one other brand of food...to slowly introduce to Hazel. Well I started by adding 10 kibbles into her other food...but now she refuses to eat any of the other. So now my question is whether or not it would be ok to just stop using the "not so good for her" food and just use the new? I feel like she's not getting enough to eat now that she won't eat any of the food he came with!
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Same thing happened when I was switching Sonic from hedgehog food to blue buffalo. He wouldn't touch the hedgie food so I just gave him all new food. It is fine to do a complete switch. The worst that could happen is some green poop which will clear up in a few days.
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That can be a pretty common reaction from hedgies that are offered a much higher quality food in addition to their old, crappy one. As long as she's on board with the sudden change, you can go ahead and add in more of the new one so she's getting enough to eat - just be ready to see some green poops for a few days, since her system will probably have more of an issue with it. You can give her probiotics to help out with the change. Either acidophilus (found in human pharmacy section of grocery store) or small animal Benebac (found in pet store or from vet) will work, and just a good-sized pinch on her food each night should help a little. Glad she likes her new food so much!
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