We all love to treat our pets, whether that’s a domesticated one or a regular visitor to the garden! Hedgehogs love a good treat just like any other animal and berries make a good occasional treat to feed a hedgehog.
Many types of berries are a good treat for hedgehogs but is the same true for blueberries?
Well, the answer is an easy one! Yes, you can feed blueberries to a hedgehog. They will even like them. One thing to note is that you shouldn’t feed blueberries or any type of fruit to a hedgehog daily.
Fruit isn’t a large part of a hedgehogs diet and they require foods that contain protein rather than sugar and carbohydrates. However, you can feed blueberries to your hedgehog once in a while.
Are Blueberries Safe for Hedgehogs?
Blueberries are safe for hedgehogs as long as you don’t overfeed them these sweet fruits. You also need to peel the blueberries first. The skin of a blueberry is very tough and a hedgehog will struggle to eat and digest it.
They may even end up choking on the bits of skin as they try to eat the fruit!
In terms of nutritional value, there isn’t too much benefit to feeding your hedgehog these fruits. It is good to have a little variety in any creatures diet so they will enjoy them as a treat but don’t include them into their diet daily.
Can Wild Hedgehogs Eat Blueberries?
Wild hedgehogs can also eat blueberries should they find them.
If you are feeding a wild hedgehog blueberries don’t forget to feed them these fruits only very occasionally and always peel them first to ensure they are safe for the hedgehog to eat.
How Often Should You Feed Blueberries To Hedgehogs
As with any type of fruit you should only feed blueberries to your hedgehog once per week. If you have fed them a different type of fruit then skip out on the blueberries for this week too.
All fruit contains high levels of sugar and they should only eat a portion of fruit once or twice a week.
What Other Berries Can Hedgehogs Eat?
If you don’t have blueberries to hand there are other types of berries your hedgehog will enjoy just as much. They will love a small handful of strawberries, blackberries and raspberries!
Remember that some of these fruits are very sweet and have a lot of sugar in them so don’t give them too much in one go and definitely don’t give them to hedgehogs too often.
Can Hedgehogs Eat Other Fruit?
Hedgehogs can eat a few other types of fruit in addition to berries. Always bear in mind that fruit is only a treat for a hedgehog and they shouldn’t eat it daily. Try and feed them fruit once or twice a week.
Apples and Pears
Apples and pears are types of fruit that you can feed to hedgehogs. For both, you do need to peel them first and take out the cores and stems. Then you cut what is left of the fruit into small pieces.
Feed a few to your hedgehog but don’t overdo it. This food is a treat to a hedgehog and they are unlikely to manage a whole apple or pear!
Melon is a fantastic treat to give a hedgehog. It is sweet, tasty and refreshing. However, you should always remove the peel and any seeds. Cut a little of the remaining melon into small bite-sized pieces and offer these to your hedgehog.
Don’t feed them this more than once a week. It is a treat and shouldn’t be a large part of their diet.
Banana is a good treat to give your hedgehog once in a while.
Peel the banana and cut a few slices but don’t give the hedgehog any more than about an inch of banana in one go. They are only tiny and this should be more than enough to satisfy even a sweet-toothed hedgehog.
What Shouldn’t You Feed To Hedgehogs?
Some foods are poisonous to hedgehogs or can make them ill. Don’t let the fact the hedgehog will eat them fool you. It doesn’t make the foods good for them. Some of them could end up harming the hedgehog.
Here are a few to watch out for:
Oranges, Lemons and Limes
These fruits are all citrus fruits and they are all highly acidic. Your hedgehog will find it very difficult to digest these fruits. Other fruits that fall into this acidic category are pineapples and grapefruits.
Anything with a sharp tang should be avoided because that sharpness means they are acidic.
Grapes are one fruit that you should avoid giving your hedgehog at all costs. Even though no one is quite sure of the reason these very sweet fruits seem to be highly toxic to hedgehogs.
Another type of fruit that you shouldn’t feed to your hedgehog is dried fruits. These are very sweet and this isn’t good for hedgehogs. Their bodies are tiny and so is their digestive system. This is likely to be too much sugar for them to handle.
You should definitely avoid feeding hedgehogs sultanas and raisins because these are dried grapes which are toxic to hedgehogs.
It is little known that hedgehogs are lactose intolerant. This means they cannot digest milk and feeding them this would make them sick. Your hedgehog only needs water to drink so they are not missing out!
Bread is filling but it offers very little in the way of nutritional value so avoid giving it to hedgehogs. They may feel full but they won’t have the nutrients they need to keep them healthy or give them energy.
Both domesticated and wild hedgehogs can eat blueberries and it is safe for them to do so as long as you peel the fruits first. Don’t feed them blueberries or fruit, in general, more often than once per week because they are full of sugar which isn’t good for your hedgehog.