What do hedgehogs eat?
This one is eating a carrot
This one loves cilantro, almost as much as I do
Most captive hedgies are fed dry cat food because of the high protein and low fat. The best cat foods have all natural ingredients like meats, and grains (not corn) listed at the top. I feed Kiwis a mix of two types, Wellness and Purina One. Wellness is one of the best cat foods out there and the Purina One is good too, but corn meal is one of the top ingredients. The funny thing is the Wellness smells awful. It smells like fish pellets. Seriously, if I had to pick one to eat, it would be the Purina One. Good thing I eat human food.
The majority of commercial “hedgehog food” is not high quality food which leads to unhappy hedgies. Some hedgehog breeders and pros feed them more natural diets including boiled chicken and fruits and veggies. Kiwi doesn’t like fruits or veggies, but I haven’t tried the chicken yet. She didn’t like carrots or cilantro or kiwi. She does like the smell of different foods, but she won’t eat it when I put it in her food dish.
Wild hedgies don’t have white bellies.
Bugs: Wild hedgies are insectivores so pet hedgehogs are sometimes fed bugs. The most common are mealworms and crickets. Disgusting, bugs gross me out. But I wanted to make Kiwi happy. I bought freeze dried canned mealies and they were easy enough to deal with, not too gross, there was a feeding spoon. Only problem, the process to can the mealworms takes out an enzyme that digests their exoskeletons, or something like that, so most hedgehog owners don’t feed them canned worms.
But canned crickets should be ok right? No, absolutely not. Freeze dried crickets are even more disgusting. Ugh, nasty. There’s still a spoon, but they are so gross I had to throw the rest of them out.
Surprisingly, I bought some live mealworms and fed Kiwi a couple each night for treats. They live in their bag until I feed Kiwi and I don’t touch them. I don’t feed her too many because then her poo is grosser than usual. I’m not going to start farming mealies, but I think I will occasionally buy mealies for treats.
So there you have it, a detailed post on Kiwi’s diet. So interesting…not?
Oh no! As I was looking for pictures, people eat hedgehogs? 😦