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After doing a bunch of research i found that Sunseed Vita Hedgehog Formula is supposedly very healthy for Jeffrey... BUT HE WONT EAT IT! Ive been mixing it with his old food/s and he just dodges the vita part and eats the rest... is there a special technique to get him to eat it? I have 5 canisters of it, i dont particularly want to give up so easily on it.
 

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It's actually not that overly healthy for hedgies. From Reaper's list here: http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=45 it's #2. It's ok to feed as a "junk" food, just don't rely on it to become his "main" food.

And before you get confused about junk foods....Here is a thread that would be a good read ^_^
http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2522

What other food are you feeding? You'll most likely find that your boy will only eat the sunseed here and there, but will continue to eat the kibbles that you normally feed him.

The only other way I can think to try to get around that, is to mix the sunseed directly in the storage container of one of his more preferred kibbles, and let the smell of his favourite kibble dilute into the sunseed. (I would only try this in a very small amount basis, because the reverse might also happen, thus making your boy not want the kibble)
 

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I feed him iams cat food, mealworms, occasional yogurt drop, random fruits or vegetables that he likes, 2wice a week flax seed oil for his dry skin (getting better), and i sprinkle on "exotic nutrition Hedgehog Booster Vitamin Supplement"
 

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Iams isn't all that great either, from what I remember. But someone correct me if I'm wrong... It's getting late here lol

Reaper's list of cat foods here : http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15 gives a really good list of cat foods that are good to feed. The most popular brands that most people here feed are Wellness, Chicken Soup for the cat lovers soul, Fromms, Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck, Solid Gold, Blue spa select.

It's recommended to feed at least 3 different good quality cat foods.

Yogurt drops aren't all that great either...http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2051&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=yogurt+drops

And I've never heard of the booster vitamin that you listed. :lol: *goes and googles*
However..... Please be redirected to here: http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2269&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=supplements

*runs off to google*

*Edits to add more links from forum about supplements*
http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1553&p=12484&hilit=supplements#p12484
http://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=811&p=7111&hilit=supplements#p7111
 

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A-lot of information there, i have looked over the cat food list before and i have been planning on switching soon; Anyway, today instead of eating his food, he piled a bunch of bedding in the bowl like a punk..
 

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i would pile stuff on top of it too, neither of the foods have any nutritional value. And your attitude towards your hedgehog (ie. calling him a punk) shows that you do indeed care more about being right than what your hedgie wants.
 

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-.- I was kidding, i love my hedgehog, and your presumptuous nature is quite off-putting. I am new to hedgehog care, i am just trying to learn how to properly take care of him. The information on this site is a-lot different then what i have read on other websites and books. So i am changing the way i take care of him based on the information i am being provided on this site...
Why so hostile.. jeez.
 

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Ah thnx, i was just kidding. Anyhoo, i have been looking over the cat food list and i have found that these are the products that are available in my area. Any suggestions on which to buy/mix?

Authority Indoor Formula Dry Cat Food
Authority Adult Weight Management Dry Cat Food
Authority Hairball Control/Weight Management Formula Cat Food

Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Indoor Adult
Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Indoor Senior Cat
Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Senior Cat Food
Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Weight Management

Purina ONE Natural Blends Adult Cat Chicken & Oat Meal Formula
Purina ONE Natural Blends Adult Cat Salmon & Brown Rice Formula

(when it worked at pestmart they carried these, not so sure now though)
Wellness Healthy Weight Feline Recipe
Wellness Indoor Health
Blue Buffalo products
 

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I Have several of these in my mix authourity weight mangement,P1 chicken&oatmeal,wellness healthy weight and Blue Spa Select Mature chicken&brown rice recipe.
I also use Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul Light Formula and natural balance green pea and duck.
 

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Vask said:
-.- I was kidding, i love my hedgehog, and your presumptuous nature is quite off-putting. I am new to hedgehog care, i am just trying to learn how to properly take care of him. The information on this site is a-lot different then what i have read on other websites and books. So i am changing the way i take care of him based on the information i am being provided on this site...
Why so hostile.. jeez.
What's off-putting is your first post. You post that you've done a LOT of research yet your hedgehog won't eat that hellaciously crappy food you want to feed him. THEN you claim that the advice on this forum is so different from anywhere else on the web.

Which is not true. Having been in hedgehogs for over 15 years, I am familiar with most of the major players in the hobby. The main hedgehog forums (Hedgehog Central, Hedgehog World, Chins-n-Hedgies (formerly Chins-n-Quills)) as well as the hedgehog mailing lists on Yahoo and the main websites all agree on diet (within reason). Google 'hedgehog diet' and your FIRST hit is the Mihog website, which belongs to our very own Kalandra and it doesn't suggest sunseed. The second hit is the FAQ, which sucks but still doesn't suggest sunseed.

In fact, it isn't until you get to a commercial pet supply site listing that sunseed gets mentioned.

The hostility comes from the fact that every single person here knows you did no real research and they know you impulse-purchased and you're trying to pretend you know something. It also comes from the frustration of having dealt with this exact same issue dozens and dozens of times without an end in site.
 

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^ok it seems like you guys have a nice mix going on. Im going to try to get a hold of as many of those as i can find then mix the sunseed in there too.
Thanks for the help guys.
 

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I ordered the cans online. Cant really return them.

HM, i understand that you are just worried about the well being of people's hedgehogs. I respect that, i am very against people owning pets they cannot handle.

Anyway, it doesn't really matter. I just wish i had found this website sooner; The information seems to be quite legitimate and helpful. Thank you for the assistance everyone.

Edit -He actually just started eating it, he was somewhat weary to try it at first, but now he really enjoys it. Can see why its considered "junk food."
 

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I saw that you listed the Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care formulas as an option, but I just wanted to let you know that tNutro will be re-launching NCCC this fall, and I believe it will have a much higher protein percentage which pushes it into the "too high for hedgies" category. (I'm not sure of the exact percentage numbers yet, but I'm pretty sure it's above 40.) Figured I'd let you know since it sounds like you are looking to make a long-term change...
 

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Last time I checked petsmart does indeed carry wellness of many different varieties. It is one of the good ones but is quite rich, if you switch to it (not sure what your final decision was) then watch for loose stool. If you see that happening it's probably an effect of being on wellness. When this happened to me I just added a food with more veggies and grains and less meat in the ingredients list (meat is still the first ingredient in the food I'm feeding but most of the rest are veggies and grains). He now eats both wellness and Fellidae which he is doing really well on.
 

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It took me forever to find a second food that Eva would eat - finally I decided to try Blue Buffalo Longevity Mature. So now she eats Chicken Soup (Light) and that. (Success! :lol: ) I know Petsmart carries it.

I don't think I've ever heard (or read) anything all that great about anything actually labeled as "hedgehog food" though...
 
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