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hi... i bought this hedgie.. about 1.2yr old.. and she is so stubborn when it comes to food. no wonder that she's kinda thin or a bit skinny. first... she doesn't eat for 3 days straight.. even though i provided her foods. the former owner told me that this hedgie is kinda choosy when it comes to food. now.. i became nervous that for 3 days now.. she stil doesn't want to eat. wat i did was i bought some superworms and fed it to her. fortunately.. he ate it.. but not always.

now.. how much superworms should i give per day? to consider dat she is underweight?
and wat foods to give that definitely she wont resist? i wana make her gain weight. :(

tnx for ur help. hope u cud help me.

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Superworms can be dangerous to give, there are reports of them biting hedgehog's throats as they are swallowed. If you're feeding them, make sure you cut the head off before feeding. Mealworms are safer.
You should only give about 3-4 a day, if they're large. They are high in fat, which will help her gain weight, but they could be considered junk food to the cat food's normal, healthy food. So you want her to mostly be eating cat food.

If your hedgehog is refusing to eat, you need to start syringe feeding after the second day with no eating. After 48 hours of no food, Fatty Liver Syndrome can set in. Here's an article from the Wiki on syringe feeding: http://wiki.hedgehogcentral.com/tiki-in ... ge+Feeding
I would read it, stock up on the things you'll need, and if she does another long hunger strike, it's time to start syringing.

Some foods to try would be Wellness Indoor (not all hedgehogs like it, but mine does, so you could try), Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck (as far as I've heard, any hedgehog that's tried it has loved it), and maybe check out some of the other foods on Reaper's cat food list in the Nutrition forum. If she's a little underweight, you might put in just one food that has a bit of a higher fat, closer to 15% or maybe a couple over. Only one food though, because once she's gained weight, you may need to take the fatty food out, since you don't want her to become overweight.
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