Hedgehogs also need fiber in their diet, even though fiber is already included in the kibbles, it will not harm them to add some more since they might not be getting enough from their dry food alone. Supplementary fiber is found in vegetables & insects.
About 1-2 teaspoons of a mixed variety of fruits, veggies & other fresh produce should be given daily, preferably in the evening (they’re crepuscular & nocturnal), so that the food is freshly eaten.
To prevent any injuries or choking hazards, always cut the fresh products into tiny pieces before serving. Always remove seeds and pits before serving! Fruits, vegetables & fresh produce that hedgehogs can safely consume include:
- Cooked carrots (softer than raw)
- Cooked egg white
- Low-fat cottage cheese (in small amounts & not more than once a week)
- Cooked unseasoned meat (chicken, beef, turkey, salmon, tuna)
- High quality canned dog or cat food
Insects: A Good Source Of Protein & Fiber
Insects are a good source of protein & fiber. On the other hand, they have elevated fat levels. They can be greatly beneficial to your hedgehog if they are given in moderation.
Bugs can also be used as treats. 1-2 crickets a few times a week are fine, as they are high in protein, they also contain half the fat & twice the fiber of mealworms. It doesn’t mean they can’t eat mealworms! A few little mealworms can be offered 2-3 times a week.
Wax worms are to be avoided unless you want to boost fat levels. They hold nearly 4 times the fat of a cricket & are much lower in protein.
Which Foods Should You Definitely Avoid Giving Your Hedgehog?
Avoid feeding your hedgehog with grains, nuts or raw carrots as they may get wedged in the mouth. Raw eggs & raw meats can transmit salmonella. As of dairy products, they can cause diarrhea. Low-fat cottage cheese is okay but like I mentioned earlier, in small amounts & not more than once a week. Nochocolate, avocados, acidic or citrus fruits. For further information onwhether a certain type of food is safe for your hedgehog, you may want to consult with your exotic pets veterinarian.