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Old 01-30-2011, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgie won't eat any treats I give her. I've all ready posted about this but she still won't eat her treats!
I've given her turkey baby food,dried apple,red bell pepper,cottage cheese,and yogurt. And she hasn't eaten any of them. (she ate a few bites of the baby food but still.)
But she loves meal worms so I don't know if she just doesn't like treats or if she just doesn't like the treats I've given her.

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Old 01-30-2011, 02:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Snarf wouldn't eat anything but kibble and mealies for a long time...now he will have an occasional piece of dried apple, banana, apricot, mango...but only occasionally. I use these in his rock garden cuz he can dig them out and they're okay being in there all day.

And sometimes little pieces of chicken heart/liver cat treats. They're REALLY high in protein, so don't over-do it . I just hack off a teeny piece.

I find he does anything for a mealie, so I mostly stick to these.
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks, the breeder I got holly from seed she loved watermelon so I'm going to try that to this summer.

I hope she likes it!

what's a rock garden?
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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what's a rock garden?

Sorry...forgot to explain...it's a large (5-6"?) veramic pet food dish filled with Aquarium gravel. I originally used a clay dish (like the ones under clay plant pots) cuz it's a good way for hedgies to wear down their nails safely. But Snarf was getting gravel everywhere and it didn't seem deep enough...this dish is kinda 'rough' so will do the same. He LOVES it. Never plays with any toys but loves his rock garden. Luewarm on his dig box - he just leans in far enough to get the kibble I've hidden...not exactly 'digging'.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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cool! I have been looking for a way for holly to work for her mealies and not just get them.
mind if i use the idea?
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Not at all!! Please do!! Hopefully, she likes it - it's so cute to see Snarf actually want to do something and he digs like crazy in there. The mealies actually do quite well, since they have dried fruit to eat. I have to say, tho', if I put mealies in there, they are often still there the next day. Could be a million reasons...but wanted to warn you, in case your bowl/plate isn't escape-proof. That's why I got one with higher sides...I just rescue out any un-eaten mealies/fruit every morning, replace and return.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks
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Sometimes they're shy about eating something new in front of you. You can try to leave the new treat in a dish in the cage with him for a few hours and see if he'll eat it. Just be careful not to leave it for too long (it might spoil.)
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Old 01-31-2011, 03:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sometimes they're shy about eating something new in front of you.
she ate a few bites of a strawberry today, so I don't think that's it.
But thanks any way
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:57 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Wilson will eat absolutely nothing besides his kibble and his live mealworms. And he will only eat lively live mealworms. If a mealworm has one foot in the grave (or several, for that matter), he won't touch them. If he does accidentally eat one of the dying ones, he spits out the chewed up carcass.
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