So Many Options but Not All the Same. What Are the Alternatives for a Healthy Diet?
In this hedgehog food list, we’ve compiled all the foods your hedgie should and should not eat.
This list is made up of the suggested and general consensus of many breeders and actual owners.
Before you go any further, I suggest printing this list and using it as an easy guideline.
Also, I recommend you read my pet hedgehog’s diet guide, so you become more comfortable with his feeding routines.
Good Primary Source of Protein
These foods should make up most of your hedgehog’s diet (1-2 tablespoons per day, depending on its size).
Find one that your hedgehog likes or mix a few brands of cat foods to ensure proper nutrient balance, and try to stick with this choice for consistency.
Cat food (low fat, high protein)
If you have had a cat (or know someone that does), you may have experienced they would eat primarily wet food and dry grains when there is nothing else.
The same goes for African Pygmy hedgehogs!
Whatever you choose to put on their plate, it is essential to provide low-fat meals with high protein.
So, can hedgehogs eat wet cat food? Yes, they can, and some of these could be:
Wet Food – Fancy Feast by Purina
Dry Food by Blue Wilderness
Food dedicated to hedgehogs
Now, it is way better to provide foods that have additional nutrients for a healthy diet.
Some of the best recommenced (but not limited) are:
Vita Prima Hedgehog Food
ZooPro – A mix of Dried Insects
Good Snack Foods
These foods a great treatment options to give your hedgehog in tiny amounts (1 tablespoon or less), 3-4 days per week.
- Meat & Fish:
- Vegetables (usually cooked):
- Romaine lettuce
- Dandelion greens
- Collard greens
- Sweet potato
- Radish, turnip
- Green pepper
- Melons: Cantaloupe, Honeydew,Watermelon
- Squash + Pumpkin
- Berries: Strawberries, Cranberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberry (without skin)
Acceptable Snack Foods
These foods are decent hedgehog meal alternatives to offer some variety in their diet but should be fed only occasionally in small portions (1 tablespoon or less).
- Lean steak
- Cottage cheese
What to Avoid?
The following can be poisonous or could upset their stomach, so make sure they don’t eat them at all.
- Milk, especially if it is full of cream.
- Grapes and raisins
- Citrus fruits
- Processed and canned red meat
- Raw meat
- Seasoned or fried meat
- From bait shops
- From your yard (just in case you spread chemical products to control pests or weeds).
- All nuts and seeds
Suppose you are still unsure what else can be included in your hedgehog food list for their proper nutrition. In that case, I suggest contacting a trusted breeder or, alternately, a veterinarian online at any time.