What do pet hedgehogs eat?

In the wild, hedgehogs eat mostly insects. As pets, hedgehogs should be fed a low fat high quality cat food. Small amounts of insects, such as worms and crickets, and a small amount of fresh vegetables and fruits can also be offered. Check with your veterinarian regarding what vegetables and fruits are recommended; avoid lettuce and celery, which are low in nutritional value, and avocados, which might be toxic. Insects should be purchased from a pet store or raised in the home; care should be used in obtaining insects from gardens where insecticides and fertilizers have been used. Your veterinarian may be able to provide some tips on successfully raising your own insects to offer your hedgehogs. 

Do I need to give my hedgehog vitamins?

Hedgehogs do not require additional vitamins if fed properly.

Can I offer my hedgehog treats?

 As a rule, hedgehogs don't require treats, although an occasional offering of fresh vegetables, fruits, and grains is acceptable. Don't offer any "people food" without checking with your veterinarian first.

What about water?

Fresh water should be left in the cage 24 hours a day. Most owners choose to offer water through a sipper bottle hung in the cage. Check it whenever you change the water (at least daily) to make sure the sipper tube has not become clogged with food.


This client information sheet is based on material written by Shawn Messonnier, DVM.

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