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Old 03-08-2015, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We are picking up our hedgehog next Sunday from the breeder. She will be 7.5 weeks old. Currently, the breeder has her on a mix of:

Purina kitten chow
Purina one chicken and rice
Purina cat chow
Purina healthy weight
Purina indoor
Purina one beyond
Friskies indoor delights
9 lives long life
Halo spots stew seafood

She recommends "a mix of at least 2 or 3 Purina brands and one of the other foods (optional) would be appropriate for a hedgehog mix"




I looked at the list and the only ones from that mix that are on the "Recommended Foods List" are Purina One Beyond and Halo Spots Stew. Should I stick with those 2 since she will be used to them (she will come with a quart size Ziploc of the breeder's mix) or should I transition her to something totally different??

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It'd be fine to stick with those two and add in a third food (if you want)! I have to admit to making quite a face at the breeder's mix...why on earth? Most of those foods are garbage. There's no benefit to mixing foods if most of them are poor quality. Glad you're planning to get rid of most of them!
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Kelsey- What would be a good third to mix in with the Purina Beyond and the Halo Spot's Stew?? She's just a baby, so I want to be sure she gets enough fat and whatever else she needs to grow!! I am also not opposed to transitioning to totally different foods and have access to MANY pet stores here.
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Btw, I was thinking about Halo Spot's Stew Healthy Weight Whitefish & Salmon and Purina Beyond Chicken & Oatmeal for a variety of proteins.

Also, when would I start giving her mealworms and other snacks?

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Looking at the Purina Beyond's ingredients, not sure about soybean meal, thoughts??
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I used to give Pepper Purina smart blend kitten food, then purina pro plan cat food. But with the recent beneful dog food law suit, I am not buying any purina food. They are all manufactured on the same assembly lines, meaning that traces of different substances from a completely separate formula could find it's way into any of the bags.
I would get her comfortable to one new food first, then slowly work the purina out.
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Soybean meal is a reason that I would personally avoid Purina One Beyond, so if you want to avoid that one as well, I wouldn't blame you!

I'm a huge fan of the brands Nature's Variety and Merrick. Just make sure you check individual foods for the protein content - it shouldn't be over 35%, though if your other foods are lower in protein, you could probably get away with a higher one. With a mix, you can have a food be over 35% if the average protein of the mix ends up being around or under 35% (as long as your hedgie eats all of the foods). There's also a list of recommended brands in the Nutrition forum stickies that you could check out for more ideas.

I agree, I would slowly switch from the whole mix over to a new food, so you can make sure she eats the new one happily & doesn't have any negative reactions to it. Ideally it'll take 2-4 weeks to switch to a new food. If you see any green poop, slow down the food change more.

It's best to introduce only one new food at a time, so I would avoid introducing any new treats while you're changing over her food mix. If you want, you could introduce mealworms before you start messing with her food mix, so you'll have a nice treat to give her to help reinforce bonding and such.
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