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If anyone has read my previous post with all my worries about Yuki's previous weight problem (http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/foru...-help-changing-food-hedgie-hardly-eats-2.html) you'll understand I'm so happy my little boy has managed to put on weight! :D

To summarise, a few months ago I was struggling to change over his food which made him go on a mini food strike (to be honest I'm still struggling to get him to eat dry cat food! ><) but I had a major breakthrough and now he eats all 3 types of cat food I bought (still with a bit of mazzuri *sigh* in a wet mix mush, mixed with cut up superworms (x2) and a little water. Doing this for him every night (gradually increasing the cat food quantity ~ I introduced one at a time slowly over the months and still increasing one quantity) made him steadily put on weight! He also occasionally got canned mealies, superworm pupaes and wax worms as treats.

However, I'm now just a little concerned that he's continuously putting on weight. I weigh him every night and his food (his food dish weighs approx 25-30gs of cat food inc the superworms with a little water). Last night he's now his heaviest at 345gs! He doesn't look overweight, more of a teardrop shape, before he was too skinny and a ) ( to a | | kinda shape.

I just wanted to check, is giving him superworms x2 every night too much for him, since increasing the insects (including giving him the alien pupae treats and canned mealies) is when I noticed his weight jumped up. I know really experience owners feed their hedgies a lot of insects so I'm a little confused why my boy seems to put on weight just having a couple supers and the odd additional treat, is it just too much fat with the fat content of his mixed dry cat foods? I thought he was a runner but maybe he doesn't run for a long time, I'm not sure since he only does it during the night. His wheel is covered by the morning so I believe he is! ^^

Anyways, should I go back to giving just 1x supers a night and feed more mealies since these have a lower fat content or is it completely fine for him to be putting on so much weight and continue to do so?
I'm planning to go bioactive in the near future so I'm a little worried, if he has access to a cuc in his viv will he become overweight if he manages to eat a lot of them, since only a couple insects has made him gain so much weight in a short period of time?! Any advice would be much appreciated, thank you :)
 

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Teardrop shape is what you want your hedgie to look like. If your hedgie starts to get more round that's when you can cut back on the insects a bit. You can also introduce lower fat insects if the drastic weight gain is worrying you.
http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/12-diet-nutrition/26025-guide-insects.html
If you scroll down there's a section that says how many. This guide should be helpful overall. :)
 

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Yep I'm really happy he has managed to gain so much and is now the recommended teardrop shape but every time I weigh him (which is every night) he's continuously putting on weight lol so I don't want him to become overweight and also just wanted to make sure it's ok/healthy for him to have gained quite a lot of weight in a short space of time?

I re-read the insects guide and I guess I will feed him dubia roaches every night instead since these are lower in fat (I just bought a container of 50 live ones but they creep me out a little haha!) and just one superworm mixed in his cat food, since he won't eat it unless this is in it *sigh* such a fussy hog! :)
Thanks for the advice ^^
 
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