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I got my first hedgie two days ago. I named her Thistle cause it seemed kind of fitting lol..but i have a question about food. I read up on hedgies, but mainly listened to the peopel at our local petstore cause they generally know alot about everyone of their animals. Well, they were wrong on some things. One, they told me to use a water bottle and when I put it in she had NO idea how to use it. so I put a tiny bowl of water int heir insted. Second, they told me to use "Exotic Nutriant hedgehog complete." But everyone on other forums said to use catfood, a high quality kind low/diet. Should I switch her to that [gradually] with in the next couple weeks? I wish I would have found these forums before since the employees didnt seem to know what they were talking about. [I trusted them because I got a number of animals from them and they seemed to know alot about them]. Second, it stays between 72-75 in my house. and Im getting a heating pad for Thistle today. That'll be okay right? I generally know about all the care of a hedgie, its just those two questions I've been wondering about.

 

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Yes, I would mix the food so she won't end up with the runs. Ours chewed the cord on the heating pad, so just make sure she can't get to it.
 

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Congrats!! She is a cutie and I love the name Thistle.
I would agree with the high quality low fat cat food. But, I would probably choose a mix of 3 or 4 and gradually add it to the hedgehog mixture. The problem is that no one really knows what a hedgehog needs in their diet other than the protein and fat ratios that are recommended so I have always went with the thought that if I provide a variety there is more of a chance of the hedgie getting all the nutrients it needs. I would also stick with the water bowl as bottles have caused chipped teeth and the way the hedgehog has to crick its neck to drink from a bottle is unnatural and not good for them. I would also supplement with boiled chicken and turkey, hard boiled eggs, some fruits and veggies and mealworms. Anything that you can feed a human toddler can be fed to a hedghog for the most part. No nuts and stay away from sugary treats or raisins and dried fruit that could cause choking.
 

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I don't have hedgehogs...I just wanted to say congrats and yours is really cute!!! :heart:
 

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I love it
 

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I'd love a hedgie!! Congrats on yours she's so cute and I love the name!!
 

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thanks everyone :D

And I started putting her on royal canine 37 light and blue buffulo light.

And yeah she is a tiny girl! I got her cause she was the smallest in the litter. Only bad thing, I have a ferret cage I was gonna put her in, but she was so tiny she got through the bars O_O!! So I have to keep her ina smaller cage until she gets big enough to not poke out lol.
 

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aww! Is that just the cutest thing! I have never seen a hedgehog so small. I wish they sold hedgehogs near me... I would love one!
 

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hello! what are you using for flooring???

Hi - congrats on your new hedgie, we just got ours last week :) we are doing the dried cat food as well, everything i read said that the "hedgehog" food wasn't very worth it. what are you using for flooring, i don't like the pine, i'm afraid the scent is bothering her. do you have any suggestions? thank you! stacie:thumbsup:
 

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Hi - congrats on your new hedgie, we just got ours last week :) we are doing the dried cat food as well, everything i read said that the "hedgehog" food wasn't very worth it. what are you using for flooring, i don't like the pine, i'm afraid the scent is bothering her. do you have any suggestions? thank you! stacie:thumbsup:
Pine is definitely a no no for bedding along with cedar as both contain phenols that damage the respiratory system and cause changes in the liver. You have to be very careful about bedding with hedgehogs because a lot of beddings get stuck in "private places" on them.

Here's some information on good bedding: Pet Info Packets :: Hedgehogs
 

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As far as new hedgie foods out there. Sunscription Sunseed has come out with a decent hedgehog formula. My hedgie always had trouble with cat foods. the last one i tried with him, had the "perfect" balance, and he was left with soft stools even after he should have adjusted. So take care when you choose your food, not all hedgies need the same balance. I did switch mine to Sunseed brand hedgie formula and he's doing really well, It's made with more insecty type things, so it's a little closer to their natural diet than cat food. So if it's available in your area, it's definitely worth checking out.
 

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Congrats on your new hedgehog. It is really cute! Hedgehogs can also eat stage two baby food, make sure the baby food has no citric acid in it though. They should have a variety of differnet low fat cat food too. Cant wait till i get my hedgehog this Monday!
 
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