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Quigley sounds just like our 3-1/2 year old Geoffrey! :lol: G is extremely picky and eats only a couple brands of dry cat food plus mealworms; nothing else. Like Quigley, G has never been a big eater either. When he was younger between 1 and 2 years-old, he ate somewhere between 35 to 50 pieces a day, but now he is getting older, he averages 20 to 30 per day.

We shouldn't generalize based on only two hedgehogs, but I believe it's not uncommon for some hedgies, especially picky ones, not to eat a lot. G stays quite healthy and active without a large quantity of kibble consumption, so you shouldn't worry too much about Quigley's smallish appetite.

Being a true picky eater, G ate only one brand of dry cat food for 8 months after he came to us at the age of 6 months-old, despite our best effort to entice him to try better quality kibble (we tried at least 15 different kinds so far). We also tried almost every treat and fruit/veggies recommended on various sites with absolutely no success. He refused to eat canned mealworms for 8 months too, until one day I decided to try live ones instead - it was love at the first sight and he never stopped pigging out on them ever since.

We tried different feeder insects including crickets, waxworms, butterworms, silkworms, and Phoenix worms. While he refused to touch "dead" bugs such as dry-roasted waxworms, G was quite enthusiastic about live ones. However, for various reasons including a high degree of upkeep, we've decided to raise our own mealworms and stick to them. G loves and feeds on all three life stages - larvae, pupae, and beetles. [Btw, if you watch Quigley's weight very closely, there's no reason why you can't give him more than a few mealworms per day. It all depends on the hedgie. Some hedgies have weight problems and they shouldn't eat more than a few and once or twice a week. However, others can take several mealies a day, everyday of the week, as long as they are active and don't gain any weight.]

G will not touch any canned cat food or dumped kibble. To him, if it doesn't crunch, it's not food. He doesn't eat crushed kibble either because they're just crumbs and not real kibble. :roll: :roll: :roll:

The only way to entice a picky eater to try new/different food is to keep mixing a couple pieces over a long period of time until he accidentally tastes it. It took G 8 months to start nibbling on CSFCLS which subsequently became one of his staple brands. As for treats, don't give up on any food so hastily. Just keep offering it to him from time to time. Quigley may change his mind suddenly and start eating it.

Try not getting frustrated by Quigley's picky eating habits. You just have to out-last him to win. ;)
 
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