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USDA Licensed Hedgehog Breeder
Located in South Dakota

 Acceptable Treats

 

 

Unseasoned Meats - Beef, Chicken, Duck, Lamb, Turkey, or Fish 

(These items should be baked, broiled, browned, or roasted)  

 

Fruits - Apples, Bananas, Berries to include Blackberries, Blueberries, and Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Honeydew, Kiwi, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Pumpkin and Squash, and Watermelon

 

Vegetables - Asparagus, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Green Beans, Peas, Spinach and other Leafy Greens, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Zucchini

 

Eggs - Scrambled or Boiled

 

Baby Food - Any Flavor is fine

 

Wet Cat Food - Choose One without by-products or preservatives, and feed in moderation

 

Cottage Cheese/Other Dairy - Hedgehogs and lactose intolerant, but some enjoy these things in very small amounts

 

Insects - Store bought mealworms, crickets, waxworms, etc


Unacceptable Treats


Anything Citrus - Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit, Pineapple Dried Fruits - These are often choked on and can get caught in the roof of the hedgehogs mouth or stuck in their teeth Raisins - Grapes and Raisins are toxic even in very small amounts Avacados - Toxicity unknown Onions, Garlic, Chives - These contain poisonous sulfur compounds that are dangerous and it is easier just to avoid feeding them Human Junk Food - High in fat, salt, preservatives, and many other things that are bad for hedgehogs Chocolate - Same as above (see junk food) Peanuts and other Legumes - These can get caught in the roof of their mouth and can easily be choked on Pits and Seeds - These can be toxic (depending on the fruit) and are a very big choking hazard. "Hedgehogs are not rodents, they are not made to gnaw open seeds" Lunch Meat - Should not be fed as it is very processed, and often smoked, salted, or preserved, and very high in fat


Some Key Points to Remember

  • Make sure every treat is unsalted and unseasoned. Vegetables should be fresh or steamed.
  • Make sure that whatever treat you offer is cut into pea-sized pieces. If they are too large, they can be a choking hazard or get stuck in the roof of your hedgehogs mouth.
  • Do not overfeed fruits or vegetables as they are very watery and can cause stomach upsets and loose poop.
  • It is best to try only one new treat at a time to avoid stomach upset.
  • If you offer too many things at once, you won?t be able to tell what is was or is that is causing the problem.
  • A lot of hedgehogs 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 cat food.  
  • Remember that some hedgehogs will just refuse to try new things.  As long as he is getting a good mix of quality cat food, you don't need to worry.

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.
 

It

is best to try only one new treat at a time. It is very important to avoid stomach upsets (which are common with new foods) and to be able to narrow down what it was that your hedgehog ate and had problems with.  If you offer too many things at once, you won?t be able to tell what is causing the problem.


A lot of hedgehogs 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 cat food. Remember that some hedgehogs will just refuse to try new things. As long as he is getting a good mix of high quality foods you don't need to worry.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.
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