Can Hedgehogs Eat Cheese?

One of the biggest concerns for new and prospective hedgehog owners is their diet and what is good for them. Some things will not do any good to your hedgehog, and you should avoid them. For example, cheese is a food item rich in protein, but can hedgehogs eat cheese or not?

No, hedgehogs cannot eat cheese. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, and therefore consuming cheese can upset their stomach.

Hedgehogs largely follow a protein-based diet, but cheese can be harmful to them. Since hedgehogs do not have the enzyme that processes dairy, eating cheese can cause a bad stomach and gas. Therefore, it is important to adhere to other forms of protein like cat food and avoid cheese even as a treat.

Can Hedgehogs Eat Mozzarella?

If you give your hedgehog cheese to eat, it will not refuse. Mozzarella is a famous and delicious cheese that humans enjoy, and it can be natural for your hedgehog to become curious about it.

Mozzarella is a form of cheese and, therefore, can be harmful to your hedgehog if they consume it. In some cases, a small amount of mozzarella can be safe but it’s hard to know the exact amount. It can be especially dangerous to feed too much mozzarella to them and too often leading to severe diarrhoea.

Can Hedgehogs Eat Mozzarella

Can Hedgehogs Eat Cheddar?

Your hedgehog doesn’t have to consume cheese. However, cheddar cheese may seem exceptionally delicious to you, and it can do more harm than good to your hedgehog. You can offer cheddar cheese in tiny amounts to your hedgehog, but only occasionally.

Too much cheddar cheese can cause diarrhoea and painful gas to your hedgehog.

Can Hedgehogs Eat Dairy Products?

Hedgehogs in the wild consume insects and other small mammals. Hedgehogs naturally rely on protein for most of their diet. Dairy products have a high protein content which makes people wonder if they are any good for hedgehogs.

Unfortunately, hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and cannot consume dairy products. Here are some dairy products you should avoid giving your hedgehog.

Milk

One common mistake we all make when dealing with hedgehogs or any other small animal is giving it milk without any knowledge. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant and cannot digest cow’s milk, which we normally use in our homes.

Cow’s milk is seriously harmful to hedgehogs and can cause them to have bad diarrhoea. Therefore, it is important to check the ingredients of any food you buy to see if dairy is in it. The most common diet for hedgehogs is cat food, and if your hedgehog is young, you will give it kitten food.

Therefore, since most kitten foods like biscuits contain dairy, it is best to avoid them.

Moreover, you should also avoid using butter in any meals you cook because it is made from butter. Finally, if you want to feed wild hedgehogs, you should refrain from putting milk out for them.

While you should completely avoid cow’s milk, there are certain kinds of milk you can give your hedgehogs. For example, if you have baby hedgehogs that their mothers have rejected, you can give them goat milk.

Cream

Cream is used in a variety of dishes, and it adds a lot of flavours. However, despite the delicious taste, you should avoid giving cream to your hedgehog. Since cream is a dairy product, your hedgehog will not react well if it consumes it. Hedgehogs who eat cream can suffer from gastric problems and diarrhoea.

Many people use goat’s milk as a substitute for cream. However, it is always best to consult your veterinarian first. You can get goat’s milk at any pet shop or store. Besides being a safe substitute for cream, goat’s milk is good for a hedgehog’s skin and bone.

Ice-cream

Ice cream belongs in the junk food category, which already makes it unhealthy. Hence, if ice cream is not good for humans, it can also harm hedgehogs. Furthermore, apart from being a dairy product, ice cream also comes with a lot of calories.

Therefore, you should refrain from giving ice cream as hedgehogs are prone to gaining weight.

Since hedgehogs are small, they gain weight easier. Therefore, giving fatty foods to your hedgehog can cause them to become so fast that they cannot unroll. Moreover, foods like ice cream cause hedgehogs to contract diseases like diarrhoea.

Ice cream also has a lot of additives, which can damage your hedgehog’s health. Ice cream also includes many fortified vitamins, which can lead to vitamin toxicity if fed excessively. Moreover, ice cream does not have any helpful nutrients for hedgehogs.

Hedgehog owners are concerned about giving dairy products to their pets because they want them not to be calcium deficient. However, giving dairy products to hedgehogs is not a good idea. Instead, you can opt for a variety of different foods to ensure your hedgehog has a balanced diet.

Summary

Cheese is a food item we all enjoy eating. When it comes to our hedgehogs, we always wish to give them the best. While hedgehogs can eat almost everything, there are some things that you must avoid, for example, cheese. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, and therefore, they cannot process cheese and other dairy products.

Giving cheese to your hedgehog will only cause them to have stomach problems and diarrhoea. Therefore, it is best to refrain from giving any cheese, whether cheddar or mozzarella.

Apart from cheese, there are other dairy products that you should avoid. For example, giving cow’s milk to your hedgehog can be fatal because of diarrhoea. Moreover, you should also avoid giving cream and ice cream to your hedgehog. Ice cream can cause diarrhoea, but also it is fattening.

Hedgehogs are prone to gaining weight, and hence, giving them too much can cause them to contract diabetes. You should work towards giving your hedgehog a balanced diet, so it does not have to face any calcium deficiency.

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Hey, I'm Brian and I love hedgehogs. They're curious little animals that fascinate me. Over the years, I've become extremely knowledgeable about hedgehogs so have decided to share that knowledge here