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Old 11-15-2013, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a small dish that I fill with kibble for Penelope each day. At first, she would eat about half each night. Now, she's a few months older and getting much bigger. Her dish has been empty when I get up in the morning now. I was wondering if I need to up her rations. I know that hedgies have a problem with getting obese, so I don't want to give her too much, but I'd also hate to think that she's hungry at night. Thoughts?
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends how much your small dish holds...but if she's licking it clean she's probably still hungry.

My hog eats about 2Tb a night...however I make sure there is always a little bit more than that so the bowl is never totally empty. I don't have any issues with mine over-eating but you are right that they can...leading to obesity.

Any idea how much you put in her bowl a night? That will give other users a better idea of how best to answer your question

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Generally, most people free-feed hedgehogs. If weight becomes a problem, switching to a lower-fat diet is generally preferred, not limiting total intake. So yes, feed more!
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A completely empty bowl would make me offer a little more food. One of mine never empties his bowl and the other will empty his, but there are still small pieces and crumbs left... I assume he's getting enough to eat, or he'd be finishing off the leftovers too
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