You go out for ice cream every once in a while or buy yourself a chocolate bar. You like to eat yummy things. Your hedgehog does, too.
Hedgehogs LOVE treats. But just like you were never allowed to have ice cream for dinner, your hedgehog shouldn’t be receiving treats unless s/he’s eating a balanced diet first.
When to Give Your Hedgehog Treats?
You should give your hedgehog time to adjust to its environment if you’ve only gotten it recently. Make sure it is eating properly before handing out treats.
Baby hedgehogs should be given only soft treats after they’ve turned eight to ten months old.
You can give your hedgehog treats daily. These daily treats should be nutritious and only given in small amounts.
You should never let treats replace your hedgehog’s main diet. Only give treats in small amounts, so this doesn’t happen.
What Treats To Give Your Hedgehog?
There are some foods that are good for hedgehogs, but others can cause serious problems.
Here’s a list of safe treats for hedgehogs:
You can give your hedgehog apples, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, papaya, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, kiwi, peaches, pears, pumpkins, and squash.
Just be sure to take out the seeds of the fruits before giving them to your hedgehog. Seeds are choking hazards and are likely to harm your pet.
The vegetables you give should be steamed, boiled, or softened before giving them to your hedgehog.
You can give your hedgehog the following vegetables:
- Green beans
- Green peppers
- Sweet potato
- Leafy greens
Romaine lettuce, arugula, watercress, dandelions, spinach, cilantro (coriander), and collards are safe for hedgehogs.
Meats & Eggs
All meats you give your hedgehog should be cooked and unseasoned. You can feed them boiled, baked, or roasted chicken, turkey, lamb, or beef.
Never give your hedgehog fish as it is bad for their health.
You also can give your hedgehog boiled or scrambled eggs.
Hedgehogs love insects. After all, in the wild, that’s all they eat.
Hedgehogs will gladly eat:
- Wax Worms
NEVER give your pet hedgehog slugs or snails. Slugs and snails can carry lungworm which can kill your hedgehog.
You can also give your hedgehog stage-2 baby food. Stages higher than stage 2 contain ingredients that can be bad for your hedgehog.
Hedgehogs will also enjoy rice, tofu, small amounts of cottage cheese, and ferret treats.
Tips for Giving Treats
- Consider hiding the treats throughout the cage. This will allow the hedgehog to hunt like it would in the wild. It’ll also help it lose weight if it is on the heavy side.
- Remove any uneaten treats from the cage about four hours after providing it. You don’t want anything to rot in your hedgehog’s cage.
- Introduce new treats one at a time. That way, if your hedgehog gets an upset stomach, you’ll know which food is causing it.
- Watch your hedgehog’s stool after introducing a new treat. Some treats might cause diarrhea, green stool, or stool that is very stinky.
Some hedgehogs don’t like treats; they prefer to just stick with their main diet. That is okay.
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