Northern Plains Hedgehogs
What to Feed your Hedgehog
There are many debates on what to feed your hedgehog.
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.
You should never feed a pre-packaged hedghog food as the sole food of a hedgehog's diet. 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. If you are going to feed an actual food labeled for hedgehog's, have it in a mix so they can get the nutrition they need. If you have questions on what food is the best, please ask and we will help you.
You will get 1-2 weeks worth of food from us when you purchase a hedgehog. 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.
Please go here for a list of Approved, Hedgehog Friendly Cat Foods
Your Hedgehogs diet of cat food should be 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.
If you follow this link it will take you to our treat list that will give you the acceptable and unacceptable treats to feed:
Be sure to remove any food or treats that is left in their bowl so they are not eating spoiled food.