What Can Hedgehogs Eat?

It is important to know what your pet can eat or not eat to provide it with a healthy and nutritious meal as a pet parent. In the wild, hedgehogs hunt insects and other small animals. However, a pet hedgehog will not follow similar eating parents. So, what can hedgehogs eat?

Hedgehogs can eat dried cat food or hedgehog kibble as the main source of their diet. Along with kibble, you can also give your hedgehog certain fruits and vegetables.

Since hedgehogs in the wild are mainly insectivorous, protein is their natural diet intake. Kibble is the best source of protein you can give to your hedgehog. Apart from this, you can also give your hedgehog fruits and vegetables.

What Human Food Can Hedgehogs Eat?

Hedgehogs have been known to enjoy anything and everything. However, that does not mean that as their caretaker, we allow them to eat everything. A hedgehog’s diet should be monitored, and the dos and don’ts are to be followed as some foods can be harmful to it.

You can also give your hedgehog certain human foods that you eat yourself.

Some human foods that hedgehogs can heat are cooked chicken, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, other boiled meat such as beef, fruits, and vegetables. You can also give your hedgehog baby food.

It is important to know that these food items should not make up for most of the hedgehog’s diet. Protein should be the main component in your hedgehog’s diet.

Moreover, moderation is to be observed with food as hedgehogs are prone to gaining weight and becoming obese due to their small size. Hence, you should give these human foods as a treat to your hedgehog.

What Fruit Can Hedgehogs Eat?

There is a lot of delicious fruit that your hedgehogs can enjoy. These fruits are commonly found in homes and the market, so getting them is not a hassle.

Apples: An apple can be given to your hedgehog in small portions. Ensure that you cut the apple into small pieces and remove the skin so your hedgehog does not choke on it.

Pears: Pears make delicious hedgehogs treats. You can give your hedgehogs pears by removing the skin and cutting it small.

Bananas: As bananas are soft fruit, they are easier to eat for the hedgehog. It would be best if you still cut bananas in small pieces before you give them to your hedgehog. Moreover, avoid the ends on the bananas that have seeds as they can be toxic.

Can Hedgehogs Eat Bananas

Organic Berries: You can give healthy, organic berries to your hedgehog. This is a tricky fruit to give as you will have to remove the skin first.

Melons: Humans love melons, and so do hedgehogs! You can chop the melon into small pieces for your hedgehog to enjoy.

Strawberries and Cherries: Make sure to chop the strawberries into small pieces before giving your hedgehog. You should also remove the cherry pits as they are a choking hazard.

Kiwi: Kiwis are a great fruit to give your hedgehog by peeling and chopping it into tiny pieces.

What Vegetables Can Hedgehogs Eat?

Like fruits, there are also many vegetables that you can give your hedgehog as treats. You should give these vegetables in moderation as hedgehogs are not designed to depend solely on vegetables.

Carrots: Before giving your hedgehog carrots, boil them. Hedgehogs cannot digest raw carrots. You should also chop them into small pieces.

Peppers: You can chop the peppers into small pieces before giving them to your hedgehog. Peppers have sugar in them, so it is best to practice moderation.

Zucchini: Zucchini can be hard for the hedgehog to digest, so it should be boiled and cut into small pieces before giving it.

Leafy Greens: You can give your hedgehog leafy greens to munch on. Ensure that you get your greens from a place that does not spray pesticides and wash them thoroughly before giving.

Broccoli: People often do not like to eat broccoli, but that does not stop hedgehogs. Before giving broccoli to your hedgehog, chop it in small pieces, so they do not make it choke. You should also steam the broccoli for a bit to make it easy to digest.

Cucumber: Hedgehogs also love to munch on cucumbers. Feeding on cucumbers is a great way for the hedgehog to stay hydrated and nourished.

What Should You NOT Feed Hedgehogs?

Hedgehogs can eat anything, that is true, but some foods are harmful to them. Hence, you should avoid feeding your hedgehog these foods.

Avocados: This food is popular among humans but is toxic to hedgehogs.

Chocolate: Chocolates are already toxic to cats and dogs. Turns out, it is harmful to hedgehogs too. Moreover, chocolate has a lot of sugar in it, which can make hedgehogs diabetic.

Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruits are acidic and can upset your hedgehog’s stomach. Hence, all citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges should be avoided.

Grapes: Grapes should not be given to hedgehogs as they are harmful to them.

Can Hedgehogs Eat Grapes

Dairy Products: It is best to avoid giving milk and other dairy products to hedgehogs such as cheese. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, and giving them dairy can result in diarrhoea.

Nuts: With hedgehogs, nuts should be avoided as they are a choking hazard.

Potatoes: Potatoes have a high starch content that makes them hard to digest.

Pineapples: Pineapples should be avoided as they are acidic. Moreover, the high sugar content can cause hedgehogs to become obese.

Summary

In the wild, hedgehogs can eat insects and even other small animals. However, a pet hedgehog will have a different diet than a wild one. You can give your pet hedgehog many human foods such as boiled chicken, boiled eggs, and fruits and vegetables.

Certain fruits you can give include apples, bananas, pears, berries, and strawberries. With vegetables, you should boil them. You can give carrots, leafy greens, and cucumbers.

You should avoid grapes, citrus fruits, nuts, and potatoes. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, so you should avoid milk and dairy products.

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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

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