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Purpose of Treats
  • Providing treats to your pet hedgehog is both beneficial to you and your pet.  
  • We enjoy offering the treats and watching our pets benefit from our efforts.
  • Variety
    • One of the primary reasons for feeding treats to your pet is to provide a variety in their diet.
    • The Hedgehog Diet Overview describes why variety is beneficial to your hedgehog.  Different tastes and textures of foods provide enrichment as well as a source of nutrients that may be missing from its staple diet.
  •  Environmental Enrichment
    • “Hiding” or scattering dry food treats encourages the hedgehog to forage as it would in its natural environment.  Dry treats are preferred over moist treats that could spoil if undiscovered when hiding or scattering food.
    • Stimulating hedgehog activity encourages exercise, which is beneficial to your hedgehog’s overall health.
  • Bonding
    • The giver of treats is always more welcome than empty hand.
    • A happy hedgehog is more social and will look forward to handling and interaction.
  • Refer to the selection below on the advantages of dropper feeding your hedgehog treats.

Treat Guidelines
  • We suggest waiting to give your hedgehogs treats until they are settled into their new home and eating on a regular schedule. 
  • Freeze-dried insects or live insects are good starter treats for your hedgehog.  Freeze insects can be started right away but allowing a hedgehog adjust to its new environment will help prepare it for the hunting of live food.
  • By eight to ten weeks of age your hedgie should be ready for soft or moist treats.
  • Some hedgehogs love treats but other hedgies will prefer to stick to only their dry food.   You may try some treats several times before your hedgehog decides to give it a try. 
  • It is important to only introduce one new food or treat at a time.  Should your hedgehog develop an upset stomach you will know which food or treat is to blame.
  • Daily nutritious treats in small quantities are acceptable but don’t spoil your hedgie so that it is too full for its staple food.
  • Once you find a food your hedgie likes, don’t over feed it.  That way your hedgehog will continue to enjoy it as a treat rather than expect it as a standard part of the diet.
  • Make sure you remove any uneaten portion of moist or fresh foods after four hours to prevent spoilage or contamination.
  • Some hedgehog owners keep a journal of treats they tried and the hedgehog’s response.
  • BEWARE – treats will change your hedgehog’s stool.  Some treats may cause diarrhea, green poops, or extremely stinky poop.

Suggested Treats
  • Treats that provide nutrition are always more beneficial than food items that seem to be little more than empty calories.
  • Insects
    • Insectivores by nature, hedgehogs typically love insects.  It is a good idea to include insects as part of your hedgehog’s balanced diet.
    • The most popular insects of hedgehogs and hedgehog owners are mealworms, wax worms, silk worms and crickets.
    • Treats can include live, canned or freeze dried crickets, mealworms (only one or two per day), wax worms or other insects. 
    • We prefer to use pet-quality, farm raised insects to wild caught insects because of the risk of parasite infection, insecticide exposure or other toxins in wild caught bugs.
    • Even though hedgehogs are insectivores, a captive hedgehog diet of insects would not be nutritionally complete.
    • When purchasing insects one needs to find out if they have been recently fed or “gut loaded”.   Insects that haven’t been fed are mainly empty shells that are imbalanced in calcium and phosphorus. (Graffam)
    • Please refer to our Insects A La Carte guide for more information on this subject.
  • Meats
    • Most meats fine as long as they are grilled, broiled, baked, boiled, or even cooked in the microwave.  Do NOT feed raw meats or processed meats.
    • Meats should be cooked with oil or butter and should not be seasoned.
    • It is never a good idea to feed raw meats because of the risk of salmonella or other bacterial or parasitic infections.
    • Meats should be cooked until tender and cut into small pieces.
    • Some hedgie meat favorites are: grilled salmon, chicken, and turkey.
    • Beef and pork are acceptable but should be fed in moderation.  These meats are less easily digested and contain lower calcium and higher phosphorus levels than other alternatives.
    • Meats are not suitable as a main portion of the hedgehog’s diet.  Unsupplemented meats do not provide adequate calcium, balanced minerals, tooth abrasion, and adequate vitamins.  (Graffam).
  • Eggs, Tofu, and Rice
    • Scrambled or hard-boiled eggs are a popular favorite with most hedgehogs.  The best way to scramble eggs is in the microwave with no added oils or seasonings. 
    • Make sure the eggs are not too hot when you give them to your hedgie.
    • One hedgehog owner told us that her hedgie enjoyed ONLY fresh breakfast scrambled eggs rather than leftovers later in the day
  • Fruits and Vegetables
    • Hedgehogs do not breakdown cellulose in plant and vegetable matter as well as other animals.   Fruits are softer and typically easier to digest than vegetables.
    • All vegetables should be diced into small pieces and most should be cooked in the microwave, boiled, or steamed so they are soft.
    • Hard vegetable such as carrots and sweet potatoes should be cooked to prevent choking hazards.
    • Corn and peas contain excess phosphorus, which decreases the calcium absorption and should only be fed in small amounts.
Popular Fruits
Blue berries
Popular Vegetables
Bell Peppers
Carrots (cooked)
Corn – small amounts
Green Beans
Sweet Potato (cooked)
  • Baby Foods
    • Many people enjoy giving their hedgies baby food as treats.
    • Baby foods are easy too store and relatively inexpensive.
    • Gerber Stage 2 Baby Foods Meat in Gravy is a favorite treat.  This stage has only meat, water, and corn starch
    • Baby food fruits and vegetables, chicken and applesauce, and meat sticks are also popular.
    • Higher stage foods may have added sugar, onion powder, salt, and other ingredients that should be avoided.
  • Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, and Other Dairy
    • Hedgehogs are thought to be somewhat lactose intolerant to milk but yogurt and cottage cheese seem to be easier for hedgehogs to digest.
    • The yogurt and cottage cheese provide extra calcium to your hedgies diet and the yogurt provides beneficial bacteria as well.
    • In one of her posts on Chins-n-Quills, Steph Hyne said she gives her hedgehogs Low Fat Plain Organic Yogurt or Low Fat Cottage Cheese to all of her hedgehogs.
  • Non-human foods as treats
    • Canned or moist cat foods are easily accessible and relatively cheap to try.
    • Ferret treats are another option if you have them available.

Treats to Avoid
  • Sweet foods containing refined or processed sugars are not a good source of treats for your pet.  We suggest that you completely avoid chocolate because it can be toxic for hedgehogs and other animals.
  • Fried foods are not a good idea because the grease can upset the hedgehog’s stomach and the excess calories are not good for hedgehogs on the heavy side. 
  • Hedgehogs are somewhat lactose intolerant so milk should be avoided.   Dairy products such as yogurt and cottage cheese can be given in small amounts but they can cause intestinal upset and diarrhea.
  • Hard foods such as peanuts, almonds, and raw carrots are choking hazards.  One of our customers had an emergency trip to the veterinarian one night because their hedgehog had an almond lodged in its throat!
  • Sticky foods such as raisins or other dried fruit are not a good idea because they can stick to the roof of the hedgehog’s mouth or to its teeth causing discomfort and tooth decay.
  • Fibrous or stringy foods such as celery are hard to chew and digest.
  • Raw eggs or meat should be completely avoided because of the risk of Salmonella.
  • Spicy and foods such as onions and garlic may be upsetting to your hedgehog’s stomach.
  • Controversial foods in the pet industry include grapes (with seeds) and avocados.
  • Salty foods such as many canned meats and vegetables can not only upset your hedgehogs stomach but it can cause electrolyte imbalances as well

Quick Reference List of Foods to Avoid

Avocado - controversial
Eggs – raw
Fried foods
Fried Foods
Grapes - controversial
Meat - canned
Meat – processed (hot dogs)
Meat – raw
Outdoor insects
Raisins and other dried fruit

Feeding Tools
  • Hedgehogs that are hand fed or allowed to lick may take the next natural step and bite.  
  • Biting the hand that feeds it is only natural when the animal is looking for more food.
  • Your hedgehog is not as tempted to bite your hand if it associates food and treats with an inanimate object.

Small Crocks or Plates

    • The purpose of using small crocks or plates is to keep the treats separate from the bedding and to allow the hedgehog to find it easier.
    • Small 3” ceramic crocks are great for soft or moist foods

Feeding Tongs

    • It is common practice for herpetologists or reptile hobbyists to feed their reptiles using feeding tongs.  Using tongs helps prevent food related biting incidents.
    • Feeding tongs prevents strike bites in reptiles but they can prevent chops in other animal species as well.  
    • The animal learns to associate the food with the tongs instead of the hand.   They also help keep food smell off your hands so there is less of a lingering temptation to bite following feeding.
    • We believe biting prevention and training is far easier and beneficial to your pet than trying to correct a problem or being frustrated with your pet for doing what comes natural.

Dropper or Syringe Feeding

    • In one of her posts on Chins-n-Quills, Steph Hyne said she gives all of her hedgehogs yogurt or baby food from a children’s medicine dropper every week.
    • This proactive approach to feeding is beneficial to both the bonding process of little hedgies as well as an easy way to train your hedgehog to accept hand feeding should the need arise as it gets older.
    • Sick or ailing hedgehogs may have to be dropper fed their food or medication through some type of syringe or medicine dropper.
    • Hedgehogs that are accustomed to accepting treats through a syringe will not put up a fight when they need supplements or medications later on in their life.

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Soft Food recommendations | Hedgehog Central

The following was originally posted to CnQ by Laura D.


Sometimes our little hedgehogs need to be put on soft foods because of tooth loss, gum problems, or other health issues. As always, before changing or adding to your hedgie's diet, please check with your veterinarian; this is especially important if your hedgehog is currently on medication or is having trouble eating their regular food on their own.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you're changing your hedgehog's diet. First, you can be pretty much assured that the hedgie's poop is going to change in consistency, color, and possibly scent; this is normal as their digestive system adjusts to the new foods, but talk with your vet about what to watch for (such as mucous in the stool). Second, many hedgehogs take a while to figure-out that the new thing in their food dish is actually food; they may choose to anoint with the new substance, walk through it, poop in it, or do other charming things. Third, hedgehogs seem to do best with foods offered at room temperature or a bit warmer; I've no idea why this is, but it's true at least for the quilled kids here.

Many of the following food ideas can be administered via syringe, should your hedgehog be so ill that they need to be hand-fed. However, if your hedgehog is needing to be syringe-fed, PLEASE clear any of these foods (or any others that you want to try) with your veterinarian before adding them to your hedgehog's diet.

For feeding your little one, I have the following suggestions:

1. Ground-up kibble - I use the same mixture as they've been getting whole (high-protein, low-fat), grind it in a coffee grinder (reserved especially for hedgie food), and store it in a zip-lock bag in the refrigerator. Then I scoop out some and soften it in warm water; it's amazing how much water it can absorb! I usually add what I think will be too much water, and then end-up adding more after it's been sitting for a few minutes. Some times I also add a few drops of Omega-3 oils.

2. Canned and packet versions of their regular kibble - You may want to add some of their regular, ground kibble to the wet version for continuity of flavor.

Also, you may want to look at some of the various canned and pouched cat (and kitten) foods now available. There's lots of options in terms of flavor and consistency (the "pate" versions have been a hit with the hedgies here) and those may be of some appeal to your hedgehog

3. Baby food - I've had good luck with the Gerber "Stage 2" foods, especially the chicken and gravy (ingredients: chicken, water, cornstarch), the sweet potato (ingredients: sweet potatoes, water, cornstarch), and the mixed veggies. Also, many hedgehogs like the Gerber Graduates Chicken Sticks. When the jar is first opened, the sticks are soft (can be difficult to get out of the jar without crumbling) and can be smushed into small bits with your fingers. After the jar has been opened for a day or two, sometimes the outside of the chicken sticks becomes chewy; when this happens, I just peel-off the outside of the stick and crumble the interior. (The fluid that is in the jar with the chicken sticks can become somewhat gelatinous - I sometimes add a bit of this liquid to the moist food.) I also recommend the "Earth's Best Baby Food" brand, too, and there are other brands available throughout the country; just be sure to look for a food that is just the main ingredient, water, and cornstarch. I warm the baby foods a bit before serving.

4. Mealworms, waxworms, silkworms, crickets, etc. - if your hedgehog is having trouble chewing, they may not be able to get through the exoskeleton of live mealworms and crickets and the freeze-dried or roasted versions may be too crunchy for them. But there are several options you can try:

4A. You can take live mealworms, waxworms, silkworms, and crickets and freeze them. Once dead, you can then let the insects thaw and mash or grind them up and add it to your hedgie's wet food.

4B. With live mealworms, you can keep an eye on them as they grow and feed your hedgehog the worms that have just shed their skin (they'll be white and soft).

4C. If you have freeze-dried or roasted worms (or crickets), you can add these to the kibble when you grind it. Or you can grind them separately and sprinkle the resulting powder on the moistened food (baby food, moistened kibble, canned cat food, etc.).

4D. You can purchase canned insects (which tend to be a bit softer) in the reptile section of many pet stores and then grind or mash them. Remember that you'll need to keep the insects in the fridge or freezer once you've opened the can, though, else they'll turn rancid.

5. Yogurt - you can purchase small amounts of organic yogurt (you may need to experiment with flavors - my hedgehogs like the vanilla and banana flavors) and offer this as an addition to (or mixed in with) the moistened regular food. Stonyfield Yogurt has several options in their "YoBaby" line, including smoothies, whole milk yogurt, and drinkable yogurt. These (and other brands) can be found in the yogurt section of many large supermarkets and in natural food and nutrition stores. Please note, though, that some veterinarians advise against giving hedgehogs dairy products while the hedgehog is on antibiotics, so please ask your vet before adding yogurt to your hedgie's diet. Also, yogurt from cow's milk may cause green feces and other signs of stomach upset, so you need to be very careful. Right now I'm working with some local small farmers to purchase some yogurt made from goats' milk, hoping that it will be easy on my sick hedgies' digestive system.

Another option is cultured soy products, such as Stonyfield Farms' O-Soy cultured soy yogurt, which contains live active cultures that assist in the digestive process. You may need to contact a local health food store to find these items. It's not essential to get a "flavored" yogurt. I often purchase "plain" and stir in a bit of baby food or other items to make it palatable for the hedgehogs.

6. Eggs - One thing that's been a big hit around here are scrambled eggs. I just whip an egg, cover the dish with plastic wrap, and microwave it until done, then cool and crumble before serving. Some people use soy milk added before cooking, resulting in a "soft scramble" and other folks make regular scrambled eggs in a frying-pan with butter. Some of my hedgehogs also like well-mashed hard-boiled eggs.

7. Protein Drinks - There are several protein drinks currently available that people've offered to their hedgehogs with good results; the most common are the Boost and Ensure brands, both of which come in different flavors and different versions. I prefer to offer the Vanilla flavor, but I know that some hedgies prefer the Strawberry. Boost comes in a "Boost Plus" version, which I turn to when there's lots of weight loss in the little one. I usually water it down a bit (though some hedgehogs like it straight). Please do not give your hedgehog Chocolate-flavored anything, as we don't know if chocolate is toxic to hedgies.

8. Children's Electrolyte Drinks - While the most common brand is Pedialyte, many stores also offer a store brand. You can now get this in "freezer pop" servings, which you can just store at room temperature. The smaller serving size means less goes to waste. If you desire, feel free to dilute this with water. Also, a powdered version is now available which allows you to mix the amount that you want, to the dilution-level that you want, with not as much waste.

9. Hill's A/D (and other versions), Critical Care for Carnivores, and Feline Rebound - these are items that you will need to ask your veterinarian about, though the Feline Rebound can be ordered on-line from a few websites.

10. Emma's Mix - I am currently syringe-feeding a little hedgehog who cannot eat on her own because of a lack of teeth and neurological problems. I feed Emma several a day and she receives between 9 and 15 cc's (she starts "blowing bubbles" with her food when she's full) at a time. Her weight is stable at about 320 grams, which seems to be a good weight for her body size. The mix consists of the following:

2 jars (2.5 ounces) Gerber 2nd Foods Chicken
½ jar (about 1.25 ounces) Earth's Best Organic First Sweet Potatoes
½ jar (about 1.25 ounces) Earth's Best Organic First Apples
½ container (about 1 tablespoon) YoBaby Organic Whole Milk Yogurt, Banana or Vanilla OR ½ container Stonyfield Farms' O'Soy cultured soy yogurt (2-3 ounces)
1 tablespoon Earth's Best Organic Whole Grain Oatmeal or Rice Cereal

I mix these five items in a microwave-safe container and store in the refrigerator; I warm the mix for about 30 seconds (until it's about room-temperature) before feeding it to Emma. One batch lasts about 3-days. I feed the leftover foods (which shouldn't be stored for more than a day or two in the refrigerator, once opened) to my pet rats, who are very appreciative of the treat. Feel free to experiment with the different baby foods until you find a mixture appealing to your hedgehog.

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In recent years, there has been a marked increase in interest in keeping African hedgehogs at home. Despite good health, they get sick just like any other pets. In order for the hedgehog to live a long active life, it is important to properly maintain and feed it.

How to set up a hedgehog cage

When purchasing a hedgehog cage or terrarium, remember that hedgehogs are excellent climbers, so an open top cage or terrarium is not a good fit for your pet: they will certainly try to escape. The dwelling should be as spacious as possible. Use 9 as a filler0047 sawdust or wood litter for rodents purchased at a pet store. . The cage should have shelters, a “toilet” corner, feeders, drinkers and, of course, a running wheel with a diameter of at least 28 cm. It should have good ventilation. However, it is important to avoid drafts, merciless direct sunlight: the hedgehog should always have the opportunity to hide from them. The optimum temperature in the room is 20-25°C, overheating is extremely dangerous for the hedgehog's health.

The cage should be cleaned daily. Feeder and drinker always must be clean!

What to feed the African hedgehog

The main diet of the African pygmy hedgehog is natural food: insects, vegetables / fruits, meat. You can give specialized dry food. However, the crumbs have a very weak liver, if it is overloaded, the animal can die very quickly, hardly reaching 3-4 years. Therefore, once a week, as a preventive measure, it is necessary to arrange a fasting day when he does not receive any dry food. nine0005

  • Lean meat (chicken, turkey, lamb, duck, etc.) boiled or steamed without salt or spices.
  • Hedgehog fish is also boiled or steamed without bones, salt and spices. Such food can affect the smell of feces and urine.
  • Day-old chickens, butchered and ground into minced meat: 1-1.5 tablespoons minced meat scalded with boiling water per 1 feeding.
  • Mice / rats / hamsters naked (newborn): as a treat once a week 1-2 pieces depending on size. nine0062
  • Fruits: apples, bananas, melon, pitted cherries, cranberries, papaya, pears, peaches, apricots, pumpkins, raspberries, Jerusalem artichokes, strawberries, watermelons, blueberries, blueberries, kiwi.
  • Vegetables: asparagus, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, green beans, peppers, peas, spinach, zucchini.
  • Hard-boiled or scrambled eggs without salt, sauces or spices. Quail eggs can be given raw.
  • Baby food without dyes and preservatives.
  • Insects: zoophobes, crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, silkworms, etc. v

Many breeders recommend feeding hedgehogs premium dry cat or dog food. The composition of such feeds should not contain any starchy foods, such as corn or potatoes, as well as any substitutes and dyes. The first five ingredients should include meat (e.g. chicken, turkey, lamb, beef), as well as fruits and vegetables. The issue of feeding hedgehogs with dry cat or dog food causes serious concerns among veterinarians, as cases of severe allergic reactions to them and fatty degeneration of the liver have become more frequent. Whether or not to feed your hedgehog this type of food is entirely up to you. There is no guarantee that if parents ate this or that cat / dog food without any problems, then this will never happen to at least one of their children. nine0005

The choice of this or that feed is always based on the individual tolerance of the animal, its health, life expectancy and reproductive performance. When buying an animal, be sure to ask the breeder what kind of food the animal and its parents ate, if there were any allergic reactions or eating disorders to it. Keep in mind that feeding natural food is healthier for the hedgehog than feeding dry food. With natural feeding, your pet will be healthier and live longer. You need to gradually transfer the hedgehog to a new food. nine0005

Health problems in African hedgehogs

  • The most basic anxiety factor is the refusal to eat. This does not apply to those situations where the hedgehog has just moved to a new place of residence or has been transferred to an unusual food for him. Any change or stress can lead to food refusal
  • Unusual activity at unusual times is also a worrying factor. If the hedgehog is awake during the day, it must be pulled out of the dwelling and carefully examined, as well as carefully observed for several days. nine0062
  • Any growths on the body and in the mouth are a serious reason to go to the veterinarian.
  • Changes in eye color or size are indicative of eye infections that can be treated quickly if caught early.
  • A change in gait, leaning on one side, or stretching of the paws may indicate injury or staggering hedgehog syndrome. This is a neurological disease, the cause of which has not yet been determined. At the moment, there are no medical preparations with which it would be possible to defeat this disease, but there are methods of therapy that facilitate and prolong the life of hedgehogs. nine0062
  • A change in stool consistency or odor, ie diarrhea or putrid odor, is also indicative of a health problem.
  • Blood spots and any spots of unknown origin are one of the reasons why you should immediately consult a doctor.
  • Snot and frequent sneezing indicate a cold that must be treated.

Feeding good food, insects, observing the temperature regime, the lack of free range, including outdoors, is the key to the health of pygmy African hedgehogs. Be attentive to your pet: hedgehogs are famous for their vitality and the fact that even if they feel unwell, they can run around as if nothing had happened. If the animal is sick, immediately contact a good specialist in your city. nine0005

Nursery Aphrodite. Feeding African Pygmy Hedgehogs

The most important topic in keeping a hedgehog is, of course, nutrition! How you feed your pet will determine how long it will live. The hedgehog is not a rodent, it is a predatory insectivore! The hedgehog needs meat, namely insects. Crickets, cockroaches - the main menu of thorns, zoophobos and flour worms are fatty and are given in doses. 8 flour worms per week or 4 zoophobos. Recently, on Instagram, I often see hedgehogs of 700 grams each, I wondered how they fed the poor animal like that, and a little later I saw huge bowls filled to the top with zoophobes. No need to do this! The animal should not be fat! The normal weight of an adult is approximately 300-400 grams (you need to take into account the size of the pet and of course the age). In addition to insects, the hedgehog should have dry food. Of course, Spikes special food for hedgehogs is best. If you couldn’t find it, then super premium dog food, holistic, grain-free. You can give eggs (I prefer quail, and if I give chicken, I cook for a long time to kill all sorts of muck), turkey breast (hedgehogs often start to itch from chicken), lean meat. I cook all the meat without salt, I don’t give it raw. Raw can be given day-old chicken meat if there is a farm you trust. It is also recommended to give feed mice or rats once a week (naked is a newborn cub). We take insects and mice from those who breed them. We don’t catch insects on the street, otherwise there will be worms, we also don’t take insects in fishing stores - these are not those insects. As for greens, you can offer an apple and cucumber without skin, carrots, broccoli, berries, some watermelon...

Food for adult hedgehogs should preferably be placed in the evening, around 20:00, so that the food is fresh and not stale.

When choosing food for a hedgehog, it is necessary to adhere to the ratio of proteins and fats, especially when choosing dry food.
Protein should be at least 30%, fat no more than 10-15%, fiber 10-12%.
The total calorie content of food per day should be 30-50 calories.
What can be offered to a hedgehog.
1. High quality dry food, without fillers and harmful additives, must be present in the cage at all times. nine0113 Dry food cleans teeth well, which prevents a number of dental problems during the life of a hedgehog.
Up to one year of age it is necessary to feed dry food intended for kittens. This food has small granules.
As your hedgehog matures, you can switch to dry cat food with larger kibbles.
2. Quail or chicken eggs. Hard boil chicken eggs.
3. Meat is best given in the form of minced meat or very small pieces. Minced meat should not be greasy.
Chicken or ground beef works well. Minced meat can be given raw or scalded with boiling water. nine0113 4. Insects are the most useful food for hedgehogs. Cockroaches, crickets or grasshoppers should be given daily.
Zofobas and mealworms are given 1-2 times a week due to their high fat content. Freeze-dried insects can be used.
5. Fruits and vegetables. The list is varied: broccoli, peas, carrots (boiled and cut into small pieces), tomatoes, apples, bananas, pears and even mashed potatoes (without milk).
Fruit and vegetable purees for baby food can be offered. nine0113 6. To diversify the hedgehog's menu, you can make a fruit and vegetable platter in a blender, mix with insects and cereal flakes.
7. To increase immunity, it is recommended to give frozen mice (naked) periodically. Such an additive becomes especially relevant for any diseases of the hedgehog.

Fresh water must be available at all times during the day. This is especially true for babies, pregnant and lactating hedgehogs.
Due to lactose intolerance, hedgehogs may have stomach problems after consuming most amounts of dairy products. nine0113 However, reduced-fat plain yogurt or cottage cheese is well tolerated in small volumes.
The presence of sugar in the diet should be limited to fruits, and any foods with added sugar should be avoided.

CONTRAINDICATED!!!!! the following products:

Hedgehogs should never: Milk and any products containing milk - hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and eating such products can cause indigestion. Pineapple is harmful due to its high acidity, which can cause irritation in the mouth. All citrus. Dried fruits - can get stuck or stick to the larynx. Grapes and avocados are toxic, can cause disruption of the internal organs. Garlic and onion. Fast food, as well as any chips, hamburgers, etc. Nuts and seeds are very fatty, can stick to the palate, get stuck in the teeth. Raisins - as dangerous as grapes, can get stuck in the teeth or stick to the palate and thereby cause dental disease and inflammation of the mouth. Tea tree oil - can cause death even from a very small dose of a substance eaten or even sniffed by a hedgehog.

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