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Old 07-10-2010, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Good morning all. I foster for a small animal rescue and usually I take mostly guinea pigs but we have a sudden influx of Hedgehogs that's come in and needing homes so I'm about to be a first time hedgehog mommy.

The boy I'm taking in is an adult several years old who'd slightly over weight (will weigh him when I get him as I have a scale for the cavies). I know he's been eatting exclusively kibble, I would expect one brand rather then a mix but as with most fosters they don't come with piles of information.

Can someone suggest for me a sample diet that will be good for him and maybe help trim him down a bit and give him everything he needs? And what amounts he should get a day.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I suggest checking the dry cat food list on the diet and nutrition board (it's the first thread). There are a lot of good brands which offer weight control, like Blue Spa Select and Wellness Weight Control. Be careful about changing the his diet too quickly, or he could get upset tummies. You could also try increasing the amount of exercise he gets; like giving them wheels and having him swim in the bathtub.
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Well the problem is I don't know what he's been eatting. So he's going to very likely have a sudden diet change. I will try to fine out what he's been getting at his interm home.

I did notice Wellness Weight Control on the list, we used to feed that to my cats and I know where to get it at a good price. Does it need to be mixed with anything else or is it on its own enough? How much a day should I be feeding him?

We have a wheel for him.

I could put him in the tub but my daughter and I use a tea tree oil shampoo and I don't want him exposed to any residue from that. I'll try the sink though once he's settled in.
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You can feed wellness on its own but it's better in a mix. Most hedgehogs find it too rich by itself and it gives them soft smelly poop.
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You can feed wellness on its own but it's better in a mix. Most hedgehogs find it too rich by itself and it gives them soft smelly poop.
What sort of thing should I look to mix it with? No I don't want smelly poop!
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Look for something with a few more grains and veggies in the first five ingredients. Ingredients like, barley, oats, and brown rice and good grains. Make sure that it still meets the other requirements of a quality food (explained on the food list mentioned earlier)
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I would avoid Wellness for now. It can cause tummy upset sometimes and you wouldn't know if it was from the stress of a new home or the food.

Something like Chicken Soup for the cat Lovers Soul Lite or Solid Gold Katz'n'Floken are good foods and don't usually cause any stomach issues.
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I would avoid Wellness for now. It can cause tummy upset sometimes and you wouldn't know if it was from the stress of a new home or the food.

Something like Chicken Soup for the cat Lovers Soul Lite or Solid Gold Katz'n'Floken are good foods and don't usually cause any stomach issues.
Thank you Nancy. My local feed shop carries Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul too I believe. I'll look for that one then.
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