Clearly Outlined Schedule On Feeding Hedgehogs (African Pygmy Hedgehogs)

As a new pygmy hedgehog owner, you might be wondering “What Do Hedgehogs Eat?”


3 Categories That Constitute pygmy Hedgehog Diet (What Do Hedgehogs Eat?)


  • Water
  • High quality dry Cat food for adult hedgehogs and High quality dry Kitten food for young hedgehogs.
  • Treats such ainsects, meal worms and cooked eggs

DO NOT feed anything with milk. They are lactose intolerant.


As you can see above, there is a mention of a young pygmy hedgehog and an adult pygmy hedgehog. Lets’ make this clear…

  • Young hedgehog:  under 6 months
  • Young adult hedgehog: 6-12 months
  • Adult hedgehog: 12+ months

NB: A young adult can start feeding on adult food

Again, you can see the mention of high quality!! What does this mean?

  1. Protein content should be 30-40%.
  2. Fat content should be 10-15%.

Tip on Ingredients: If there is fish, the poop will be smelly. Look for chicken, turkey or duck.


Based On The Above, These Are The Recommended High Quality Cat and Kitten Food


An Important Note Before Looking at the Food:

When changing a meal or brand you have to do it slowly, a process that takes about 4 weeks as you are checking on your hedgehog’s behavior and health. The recommended plan is:

  • First Week: 75% old food, 25% new food
  • Second Week: 50% old food, 50% new food
  • Third Week: 25% old food, 75% new food
  • Fourth Week: 100% new food

Young Pygmy Hedgehog Feeding (African Pygmy Hedgehogs)

1. Simply Nourish™ SOURCE Kitten Food – Natural, Grain Free, High Protein, Chicken & Turkey

2. BLUE Wilderness® Grain Free Kitten Food


Adult Pygmy Hedgehog Feeding (African Pygmy Hedgehogs)

1. Simply Nourish™ SOURCE Adult Cat Food – Natural, Grain Free, Chicken & Turkey

 

 

2. Simply Nourish™ SOURCE Adult Cat Food – Natural, Grain Free, Rabbit & Chicken

 

 

3. Simply Nourish Source Fish & Chicken Recipe High-Protein Grain-Free Adult Indoor Dry Cat Food

 

5. Solid Gold Senior Cat Dry Food; Furrever Young Grain Free with Real Turkey

7. BLUE Wilderness® Grain Free Chicken Mature Adult Cat Food


Schedule on Feeding Hedgehogs (African Pygmy Hedgehogs Eating Timetable)


You have 3 options, which will depend on your hedgehog and also how flexible your hours are: Also, your vet or breeder may instruct otherwise, so listen to them.


Option 1:

  • Morning 6am to 8am: 1-1 ½ tablespoon of High quality dry Cat food for adults or High quality dry Kitten food for young ones.
  • Early evening 5pm to 7 pm– Give treats like insects, meal worms, eggs
  • Late evening 9 to 12pm: 1-1 ½ tablespoon of High quality dry Cat food for adults or High quality dry Kitten food for young ones.
  • Fresh water at all times!! In a water bowl NOT a water bottle

Option 2:

  • Morning 6am to 8 am: 1-1 ½ tablespoon of High quality dry Cat food for adults or High quality dry Kitten food for young ones.
  • Evening 5pm to 12pm: 1-1 ½ tablespoon of High quality dry cat food for adults or High quality dry Kitten food for young ones. You can also give treats like insects, meal worms or eggs as you play with him or her and leave her the bowl of cat or kitten food overnight.
  • Fresh water at all times!! In a water bowl NOT a water bottle

Option 3:

  • Late evening 5pm to 12pm: 1-1 ½ tablespoon of High quality dry cat food for adults or High quality dry Kitten food for young ones. You can also give treats like insects, meal worms, eggs to supplement the cat food.
  • Fresh water at all times!! In a water bowl NOT a water bottle

Examples of Good Water Bowls and Food Bowls



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