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04-02-2019 08:09 PM
Emc The herbs found in the Acana are safe for hedgehogs; many have medicinal properties, and no toxic effects have been reported. Scientific literature is lacking for the toxicity of many of the herbs listed, but they are assumed safe; many people (me included haha) feed Acana to our hedgehogs and no problems have been reported. It's on the recommended food lists too, I believe. The pumpkin should really be of no concern. It's listed after the algae, of which there's only 1.2% - so it's a really, really minuscule amount compared to everything else before it. If the hedgehog suffers diarrhoea from being fed acana, the pumpkin simply being present isn't to blame.

Out of all the options listed, in order from best to worst; Acana, Science Plan, Bob Martin.

Reason being; the science plan lists the total poultry content of the mix at 48% - but the rest of the ingredients are made up of filler ingredients of poor nutritional value like rice, and corn.

The Acana, on the other hand, not only has high quality meat ingredients, but the ingredients of non-animal origin are veggies, fruits & herbs vs the corn, wheat, and white rice of the science plan. My only critique is that the one you've found is dog kibble, which may be harder for some hedgehogs to eat. Nevertheless you could break it up, or choose one of their cat food options instead.

The bob martin stuff is... only worth feeding if it's the last thing on earth. Foods containing meat & animal derivatives should be avoided at all costs; i wouldn't waste your money on it.
04-02-2019 01:48 PM
Ria The first food - Has great protein and fat. It has a high amount of meat in, and looks about even with the meat and other ingredients

The second food - Has great protein and good fat. It has a high amount of meat, Although I'm not sure about some of the ingredients, pumpkin is safe, but too much can cause runny poos, I know its in a cat food but it can still cause the runny poo, I'm also not sure on the marshmallow root, milk thistle, burdock root, chicory root, turmeric root or rosehips, I cant really tell if they are safe and cant find anything. I know lavender is okay but not really sure about consuming it.

The third food - The protein and fat is great. I don't like that it's not really named meats, okay yes its got 26% chicken but you don't know what other animals may make it up, also the fact cereals is first isn't too great, and the plant protein, oils and fats is unspecified so you cant really be sure what they have actually used. To me there's a higher risk of this causing upset stomachs with unspecified things because you don't know exactly what has been used to be able to tell every ingredient is safe.
04-02-2019 11:57 AM
I Love Hedgy
Originally Posted by Ria View Post
I think if you mix it with another one with less wheat/corn it should be fine. Make sure its lower in fat around 10% or less to keep your overall fat level down, and try get one with about 30% or a bit higher to get you overall protein a bit higher.
Try get one that has a higher percent of meat too, to out weigh the other ingredients more.

Some foods tell you the overal amount of meat
I'll show you my iams one
I cant seem to find the same package and ingredients. So I went to a BIG pet hyper and found some cat foods I think would be perfect! The first (one) picture is IAMS cat food. The second (three) pictures is Acana DOG FOOD but it seemed OKAY. The third (three) is Bob Martins cat food. Tell me wich is best.

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04-01-2019 03:07 PM
I Love Hedgy Ok thanks[emoji16]

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04-01-2019 03:06 PM
Emc Ah perfect; so IAMS makes up the bulk of the diet. That mix is fine, it's 59/41, which is fine - it's better than a direct 50/50 split, so don't worry! The total GA is 31.5% protein & 17.9% fat. You're good to go!
04-01-2019 03:02 PM
I Love Hedgy Royal canon is 453

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04-01-2019 02:59 PM
Aj.t I’m glad you got it all worked out!!!
04-01-2019 02:57 PM
Emc Which one is which? Is the IAMS 453g, or is that the royal canIn kitten food?

The ratio/weight matters for calculating the GA, because;

453g + 653g = 1,106g

453/1,106g x 100% = 41%
653g/1,106g x 100% = 59%

Depending on which food makes up the bulk of this mix, your GA is either 31.95% protein & 20.8% fat or it's 31.5% protein & 17.9% fat. The latter would be the preferred GA, because of the lower fat content. The first wouldn't be the end of the world, it's just on the higher end for fat than most would like... and it'd mean that the bulk of your food is royal canin, which isnt a super quality mix. Again, like I said, not the end of the world though.
04-01-2019 02:52 PM
I Love Hedgy
Originally Posted by Ria View Post
I only know how to work out the 50/50 because of my dyslexia,

But either way whether its a 50/50 60/40 70/30 80/20 mix the other ingredents that arent as good, still ouweight the meat content, and they should have a higher meat content than the rest of the stuff.
Oops, i already mixed it[emoji24]

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04-01-2019 02:51 PM
I Love Hedgy Ok, thanks
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