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I've been looking for a comprehensive list on what NOT to feed a Hedgehog. I'm mostly looking for things that will cause life threatening problems, not the "it's not nutritional enough" for him foods.
 

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Avacadoes, Rasins, any citrus fruit, onion, grapes, nuts, aloe (not fed obviously, but still toxic in soaps and mousturizers) these are all i can think of off of the top of my head...all of these are either toxic or are a choking hazard
 

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Sometimes I think the list of what TO feed is shorter. ;)

When it comes to kibble avoid:
by products, animal digest
"animal fat"
Blood Meal
beet pulp, pea hulls, brewer's rice, wheat gluten
corn (this includes any kind of corn meal)
BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin -- these all cause cancer
sweeteners (corn syrup, sucrose, propylene glycol...)
coloring additives
nuts and seeds

When it comes to treats, avoid:
* grapes/raisins
* avocados
* oranges/lemons/lime/citrus anything
* nuts or seeds
* chocolate
* milk/dairy products (exception is cottage cheese and that should be only a little)
* alcohol
* bread
* celery
* onion and onion powder
* raw carrots
* tomatoes
* human junk food (chips, candy, anything really sugary, etc.)
* honey
* raw meat (ANY meat you feed a hedgie should be cooked!)
* Wild caught bugs

Most of those things are listed on the toxic list you were linked to already but there are a few more here that should be avoided as well.
 

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also processed meat: hot dogs, bologna, ect
 

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i'm just curious as to why wild bugs would be unhealthy...
they are wild creatures, what do they eat in the wild..? Cat food?
 

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Mattplusness said:
i'm just curious as to why wild bugs would be unhealthy...
they are wild creatures, what do they eat in the wild..? Cat food?
The hedgies we raise are not found in the wild. they are actually a cross breed of at least 2 other breeds. and it goes without saying that bugs in the wilderness have alot less pollutants than bugs that are around inhabited areas. pesticides are meant to kill, why would you want your hedgie to ingest something like that?
 

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Thanks for the beet pulp link dorasdaddy! I work for Nutro, and we have Dried Beet Pulp in all of our foods (we're told it's a good fiber source and really helps to "firm up" the poop).

I was just wondering why it wasn't recommended for hedgehogs. I think the sugar may be an issue, but from my understanding the beet pulp is the by-product after most the sugar has been removed. So maybe is there another reason?

I want my Ziggy to live forever (or as long as hedgehogly possible) so I am willing to do whatever it takes, and avoid whatever I need to!
 

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It's mainly because it's a filler. It's in a lot of foods so it's okay further down the ingredient list, but if it's in the top few ingredients I'd consider a different food. Same for wheat gluten. There are just more nutritional foods out there that don't have those in the top few ingredients. It's not dire that they not be in the food, it's just better when it's further down the list.
 

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Ah, okay. I was worried that maybe they've been known to cause health issues in hedgehogs or something. I have Max Cat (which has Wheat Gluten as one of the main ingrediants) in my mix because I wanted a "junk" food that didn't use artifical crap, corn, or by-products. There is only a tiny bit of the Max Cat in my mix relative to the rest of the "good" foods, so maybe I'll leave it in there for now. Thanks for the info! :)
 

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Grape Nuts cereal, rather contrary to its name, doesn't contain either grapes or nuts. :lol: It's just oat bran or something like that, I can't remember exactly what. But it's a good source of fiber for hedgehogs who'll eat it (mine, Lily, eats around it), since cat food doesn't contain much fiber.
 

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raw carrots are bad ? i didn't know this ! i've gave them to roxy a couple times and she seemed to like them, but i got her spoiled on mealies and she wont snack on anything else these days... aside from her kibble. what is is about carrots that makes them bad ?
 
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