Hedgehog Food List – What to Feed Your Hedgehog

Here is an overview hedgehog food list we’ve compiled of the foods that your hedgie should and should not eat. This list is made up of the suggested and general consensus of a number of hedgehog breeders and owners.

Print this list to use as an easy guideline to remind you of your pet hedgehog’s diet as you’re becoming comfortable with his feeding routines.

Good Primary Hedgehog Food

These foods should make up the majority of your hedgehog’s diet (1-2 tablespoons per day, depending on his size). Find one that your hedgehog likes or mix together a few brands of cat foods to ensure proper nutrient balance, and try to stick with this choice for consistency.

Good Snack Foods

These foods a great treat options to give your hedgehog in tiny amounts (1 tablespoon or less) 3-4 days per week.

  • Meat & Fish:
    • Chicken
    • Salmon
    • Tuna
  • Vegetables (usually cooked):
    • Romaine lettuce
    • Arugula
    • Dandelion greens
    • Collard greens
    • Spinach
    • Broccoli
    • Sweet potato
    • Asparagus
    • Radish, turnip
    • Green pepper
    • Carrot
  • Fruits
    • Apple
    • Banana
    • Cherry
    • Pears
    • Melons: Cantaloupe, Honeydew,Watermelon
    • Papaya
    • Mango
    • Peaches
    • Plum
    • Squash + Pumpkin
    • Berries: Strawberries, Cranberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberry (without skin)

OK Snack Foods

These foods are decent hedgehog food options to give help offer some variety in your hedgehog’s diet, but should be fed only occasionally in small portions (1 tablespoon or less)

  • Insects:
    • Mealworms
    • Waxworms
    • Crickets
  • Meat:
    • Lean steak
  • Dairy:
    • Cottage cheese
    • Yogurt
    • Eggs

Foods to Avoid

These foods can be poisonous or upset your hedgehog’s stomach and should never be fed to him.

  • Dairy:
    • Milk
  • Fruits:
    • Grapes and raisins
    • Citrus fruits
    • Avocado
    • Pineapple
  • Vegetables:
    • Onion
    • Garlic
    • Potato
    • Tomato
    • Mushroom
  • Meats:
    • Processed and canned meat
    • Raw meat
    • Seasoned or fried meat
  • Insects:
    • From bait shops
    • From your yard
  • Other:
    • All nuts and seeds
    • Chocolate



Hi!, I'm Megan from Hedgehog Care 101. I started this site after seeing a friends looking after a baby hedgehog and how interesting was to care for it. HHC101 is a source of information for people looking to adopt a hedgehog as pet.

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