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Old 09-26-2013, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Going to try Sunseed Vita??

My 8 week old will NOT eat anything but his try kibble. Ive tried so many things and he doesn't even lick them! I am concerned since they are insectivores and he is not getting any insects! I was thinking of adding Sunseed Vita to his cat food mix. I know most hedgehog foods are a no-no however this one doesn't seem too bad and it has mealworm meal in it. Does anyone else do this?

Treats I've tried with no luck
Mealworms ---even tried the cut in half lipstick trick
Crickets
Cilantro
Meat Baby food
fruit baby food
green pepper
banana
cooked corn
wet cat food
asparagus
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't stress about it too much! I promise he's not going to die or suffer if he doesn't have any insects in his diet. Hedgehogs in the wild are closer to being omnivores than insectivores, though insects do have a huge part in their diet. That's the main reason we try to encourage people to include insects - but it's not 100% required, and if hedgie won't have anything to do with it...there's only so much you can do.

I'm guessing you've only had him a couple of weeks? I would slow down on the introductions, and just be patient. Some hedgies are extremely picky and it might take multiple attempts to introduce something before they'll try it. If you try something once & get no response, try again a couple weeks later. Try offering things in different forms - cooked meat, meat baby food; raw veggie diced finely, veggie baby food, cooked veggie, veggie cooked with meat, etc. There's more ideas on different ways you can offer foods in the Offering Fresh Foods sticky in the nutrition forum.

The one thing you could do if he's staying stubborn & won't try anything, is maybe look for a food that has a bit higher fiber percentage, since fiber is one of the big benefits to bugs/veggies. But if he's not having problems with constipation, that's not a huge deal either.

That all said...Sunseed isn't a fantastic food, but it's certainly not a terrible one either, and it could be okay in a mix. It's mostly just recommended not to feed it alone.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The biggest issue with Vitaseed is that it is so low in fat. Mixed with a higher fat food it might be ok, but I've heard that a lot of hedgies will leave it behind and just eat the cat food. The pellet shape is supposed to be really hard.
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