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USDA Licensed Hedgehog Breeder
Located in South Dakota

  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:
Here is a list of some acceptable treats to offer:

Unseasoned Meats: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Lamb, Turkey, Fish - They should be baked, boiled, browned or roasted. 
 
Fruits: Apples, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Honeydew, Kiwi, Papaya, Peach, Pear,
Plum, Pumpkin, Raspberries, Squash, Strawberries, Watermelon

Vegetables: Asparagus, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Green beans, Peas, Spinach, 
Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Zucchini, Leafy Greens

Eggs: Scrambled, Hard Boiled, and they should be unseasoned and cooked

Baby Food: Any flavors should be fine

Wet cat food: Choose one without by-products or preservatives and feed in moderation 

Cottage cheese and and other Dairy: Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, but some like this in very small amounts.

Insects: Store bought mealwoms, crickets, waxworms, etc.



Some treats that are unacceptable to offer are:

Anything Citrus: Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit, Pineapple, etc.

Dried Fruits: Often choked on and can get caught in the roof of the mouth or stuck in the teeth

Raisins: Grapes and raisins are toxic even in very small amounts

Avocados: Toxicity unknown

Onions, Garlic, Chives: These contain poisonous sulfur compounds that are dangerous in large amounts – it’s safest to avoid

Human Junk Food: High in fat, salt, preservatives, and many other things that are bad for hedgehogs

Chocolate: Same as above for junk food

Peanuts and other legumes: These can get caught in the roof of the mouth and are easily choked on.

Pits and Seeds: These can be toxic (depending on the fruit) and are a choking hazard. Hedgies are not rodents, they aren’t made to gnaw open seeds.

Make sure every treat is unsalted and unseasoned. Veggies are fine fresh or steamed. Make sure whatever you offer is cut into pea-sized pieces, too large can be a choking hazard or get stuck in the roof of your hedgie’s mouth. Lunch meat is not a good idea because of how processed it is. They are often smoked, salted, or preserved, and are high in fat. Don’t overfeed fruits or vegetables, they are very watery and can cause stomach upsets and loose poop.
It’s best to try only one new treat at a time. This is important to avoid stomach upsets (which are common with new foods) and to narrow down what it was if your hedgie had any problems with something offered. If you offer too many things at once, you won’t be able to tell which it is that is causing the problem.
A lot of hedgies are not very open to trying new foods. Keep offering the treat for several nights, or wait a while and try again. Sometimes what they refused one night they will devour the next. Try putting the treat in his food dish with his normal kibble. Warming up the treat a bit can also make it smell more appetizing. Remember that some hedgies will just refuse to try new things. As long as he is getting a good mix of high quality foods you shouldn’t need to worry.
Here is a list of some acceptable treats to offer:

Unseasoned Meats: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Lamb, Turkey, Fish - They should be baked, boiled, browned or roasted. 
 
Fruits: Apples, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Honeydew, Kiwi, Papaya, Peach, Pear,
Plum, Pumpkin, Raspberries, Squash, Strawberries, Watermelon

Vegetables: Asparagus, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Green beans, Peas, Spinach, 
Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Zucchini, Leafy Greens

Eggs: Scrambled, Hard Boiled, and they should be unseasoned and cooked

Baby Food: Any flavors should be fine

Wet cat food: Choose one without by-products or preservatives and feed in moderation 

Cottage cheese and and other Dairy: Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, but some like this in very small amounts.

Insects: Store bought mealwoms, crickets, waxworms, etc.



Some treats that are unacceptable to offer are:

Anything Citrus: Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit, Pineapple, etc.

Dried Fruits: Often choked on and can get caught in the roof of the mouth or stuck in the teeth

Raisins: Grapes and raisins are toxic even in very small amounts

Avocados: Toxicity unknown

Onions, Garlic, Chives: These contain poisonous sulfur compounds that are dangerous in large amounts – it’s safest to avoid

Human Junk Food: High in fat, salt, preservatives, and many other things that are bad for hedgehogs

Chocolate: Same as above for junk food

Peanuts and other legumes: These can get caught in the roof of the mouth and are easily choked on.

Pits and Seeds: These can be toxic (depending on the fruit) and are a choking hazard. Hedgies are not rodents, they aren’t made to gnaw open seeds.

Make sure every treat is unsalted and unseasoned. Veggies are fine fresh or steamed. Make sure whatever you offer is cut into pea-sized pieces, too large can be a choking hazard or get stuck in the roof of your hedgie’s mouth. Lunch meat is not a good idea because of how processed it is. They are often smoked, salted, or preserved, and are high in fat. Don’t overfeed fruits or vegetables, they are very watery and can cause stomach upsets and loose poop.
It’s best to try only one new treat at a time. This is important to avoid stomach upsets (which are common with new foods) and to narrow down what it was if your hedgie had any problems with something offered. If you offer too many things at once, you won’t be able to tell which it is that is causing the problem.
A lot of hedgies are not very open to trying new foods. Keep offering the treat for several nights, or wait a while and try again. Sometimes what they refused one night they will devour the next. Try putting the treat in his food dish with his normal kibble. Warming up the treat a bit can also make it smell more appetizing. Remember that some hedgies will just refuse to try new things. As long as he is getting a good mix of high quality foods you shouldn’t need to worry.
If you open up a jar of baby food or wet cat food, you can freeze the remaining into ice cubes that way it stays fresh longer. This is especially helpful if your hedgie only eats a tiny bit and you don’t want to waste half the jar/can. If you have fruits or veggies you want to save, this works well for them as well.

Unseasoned Meats: Beef, Chicken, Duck, Lamb, Turkey, Fish - They should be baked, boiled, browned or roasted. 
 
Fruits: Apples, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Honeydew, Kiwi, Papaya, Peach, Pear,
Plum, Pumpkin, Raspberries, Squash, Strawberries, Watermelon

Vegetables: Asparagus, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Green beans, Peas, Spinach, 
Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Zucchini, Leafy Greens

Eggs: Scrambled, Hard Boiled, and they should be unseasoned and cooked

Baby Food: Any flavors should be fine

Wet cat food: Choose one without by-products or preservatives and feed in moderation 

Cottage cheese and and other Dairy: Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, but some like this in very small amounts.

Insects: Store bought mealwoms, crickets, waxworms, etc.



Some treats that are unacceptable to offer are:

Anything Citrus: Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit, Pineapple, etc.

Dried Fruits: Often choked on and can get caught in the roof of the mouth or stuck in the teeth

Raisins: Grapes and raisins are toxic even in very small amounts

Avocados: Toxicity unknown

Onions, Garlic, Chives: These contain poisonous sulfur compounds that are dangerous in large amounts – it’s safest to avoid

Human Junk Food: High in fat, salt, preservatives, and many other things that are bad for hedgehogs

Chocolate: Same as above for junk food

Peanuts and other legumes: These can get caught in the roof of the mouth and are easily choked on.

Pits and Seeds: These can be toxic (depending on the fruit) and are a choking hazard. Hedgies are not rodents, they aren’t made to gnaw open seeds.

Make sure every treat is unsalted and unseasoned. Veggies are fine fresh or steamed. Make sure whatever you offer is cut into pea-sized pieces, too large can be a choking hazard or get stuck in the roof of your hedgie’s mouth. Lunch meat is not a good idea because of how processed it is. They are often smoked, salted, or preserved, and are high in fat. Don’t overfeed fruits or vegetables, they are very watery and can cause stomach upsets and loose poop.
It’s best to try only one new treat at a time. This is important to avoid stomach upsets (which are common with new foods) and to narrow down what it was if your hedgie had any problems with something offered. If you offer too many things at once, you won’t be able to tell which it is that is causing the problem.
A lot of hedgies are not very open to trying new foods. Keep offering the treat for several nights, or wait a while and try again. Sometimes what they refused one night they will devour the next. Try putting the treat in his food dish with his normal kibble. Warming up the treat a bit can also make it smell more appetizing. Remember that some hedgies will just refuse to try new things. As long as he is getting a good mix of high quality foods you shouldn’t need to worry.
If you open up a jar of baby food or wet cat food, you can freeze the remaining into ice cubes that way it stays fresh longer. This is especially helpful if your hedgie only eats a tiny bit and you don’t want to waste half the jar/can. If you have fruits or veggies you want to save, this works well for them as well.

Be sure to remove any food or treats that is left in their bowl so they are not eating spoiled food.
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