Northern Plains Hedgehogs
What to Feed your Hedgehog
There are many debates on what to feed your hedgehog. NEVER purchase pre-packaged hedghog food from a petstore. It is often reformulated guinea pig food, and does not provide adequate nutrition for a hedgehog. There's also many ingredients in the prepackaged food that a hedgehog cannot digest properly.
We recommend a good quality cat food or cat food mix that is high in protein and low in fat. Make sure that the first ingredient or two in the cat food is a meat product, followed by a meat meal or vegetables. We feed a combination of different cat foods, not only to give them a variety, but to also make sure they get enough protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, plus it gives the picky ones something different.
If you choose to feed a food off of our mix, we recommend getting 2. It not only gives your hedgehog variety in their diet, but it also gives added nutrition.
We also have a 2 page list of appropriate cat foods that a hedgehog can have. please inquire if you would like this.
The following is what food we usually have in our mix:
Blue Buffalo Weight Control
Purina Smart Blends Chicken and Rice
Natural Balance Alpha Cat
Natural Balance Green Pea and Duck
Royal Canin Bay Cat 34
This is used for our moms and babies and elderly hedgehogs
This is supplemented by a variety of other foods such as vegetables, mealworms and crickets, cooked meats, fruits and vegetables. However none of these should be fed as anything more than a treat 3 or 4 times a week. The cat food should be the staple. Treats that you can give them include, but are not limited to:
Be sure to remove any food or treats that is left in their bowl so they are not eating spoiled food.