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Commercial Hedgehog Foods

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I decided it might be a good idea to talk about commercially prepared Hedgehog foods. Why some are ok choices for African Hedgehogs and some are not.
If you walk into a pet store and ask for "bird food" you will probably be shown a lot of packages that say "Bird Food" on them. The problem then arises if your bird is a Minah, a Toucan, a falcon, etc.etc. Even a Robin Redbreast cannot live off of seeds. So just because it says "Hedgehog Food" on the package does not neccesarily mean it is appropriate for African Hedgehogs.
Here is a list of most of the commercially prepared "Hedgehog Foods":
1. Spike's Delight Hedgehog foods (all formulas)
2. Sunseed Hedgehog food
3. Brisky's Hedgehog foods
4. 8in1 Ultra Hedgehog food
5. L'Avian Hedgehog food
6. Hedgehog Complete by Exotic Nutrition

7. Pretty Pets hedgehog food
8. Zoofare insectavore
9. Mazuri insectavore
10. Brown's Zoo Vital
11. Vitakraft

Now the first six on the list are ok to feed an African Hedgehog. Most experts agree
to mix several types of high quality, high protein, low fat cat foods / Hedgehog foods. It is also recommended to feed a variety of treats such as live insects, lean cooked meat, fresh fruit, and vegetables. So let's discuss why the last five products on the list should be avoided in African Hedgehog diets. These products may be great for other types of hedgehog but for African Hedgehogs they are not a good choice. Pretty Pet's hedgehog food contains very little nutritional content. It may be ok as a treat but should be considered "junk food". Zoofare and Mazuri contain artificial preservatives and/or softening agents which have been linked to all kinds of health problems. Brown's Zoo Vital and Vitakraft actually may be very good for European Hedgehogs but contain ingredients which are extreme health
risks to African Hedgehogs. Things like seeds and raisins are choking hazards and have resulted in African Hedgehog deaths. The best way to insure you are choosing a healthy African Hedgehog diet is to learn the nutritional requirements of the African Hedgehog. And then READ THE LABEL of the food you are considering feeding your hedgie. Knowledge is the key when choosing a food to add to your
African Hedgehog's diet.
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This thread is so helpful for a new Hedgie parent. Thank you all for the information. I have a question please. My baby came to me 7 weeks old and has been eating Pretty Pets Hedgehog food, I assume since she was recently weaned?. I have bought her several foods to mix together as suggested by all of you. I also bought the Pretty Pets until I could figure out how to switch her to the better foods. Should I just mix the Pretty Pets with the other food and make the switch now? Or.. do I keep feeding her Pretty Pets and introduce the mix slowly? I feel like these early weeks are so important to give her proper nutrients. I don't like the idea of giving her a food that should be considered junkfood.

Does anyone have a recipe for making your own Hedgie food perhaps?

Thanks so much for your help.
Thank you Zalea and Nancy! You're quite right of course, she's eating the good kibbles and ignoring the Pretty Pets. We've given her two meal worms a night (we got her on Monday) and she acts like those are crack! Unfortunately I had already opened the bag of Pretty Pets. Thanks so much for you help!
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