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One of the keys to keeping your little guy happy is making sure that he has a proper diet. Obviously, a wild hedgehog’s diet will be different from those in captivity.

As to answer the question, what do hedgehogs eat? I would say almost anything.

Their diet should be low in fat, high in protein, and contain a source of fiber.

In the wild their diet will consists of mostly insects. Aside from insects they will eat the following:

  • Small Birds
  • Bird Eggs
  • Other Small Mammals
  • Snails
  • Slugs
  • Bees
  • Caterpillars
  • Millipedes
  • Earwigs
  • Earthworms
  • Beetles

Your pet hedgehog’s diet will be slightly different from those in the wild. You have several option when it comes to ready made/prepared food. Prepared packaged hedgehog food is a great option to ensure that your little guy is getting the proper diet. Specialty pet stores should carry mixes made special just for hedgehogs. If you have no pet stores near by, you always have the option of ordering hedgehog food online. If you’re looking for a trustworthy site to get food I would suggest starting with Amazon.

What do hedgehogs eat

It has been said that dry-cat food will work as well. You want to make sure that if you go this route, that it is low in fat, and high in protein. The mixture should contain protein of >30%, fat should <10%, and the fiber ratio should be about 10%. As you can see it may be difficult to find the right mixture, which is why it is recommended to stick with a solution that is made special just for hedgehogs.

You can also feed your pet “people food/table food” as well. They will eat things like chicken, turkey, vegetables, and fruits. They have also been known to eat baby food.

You want to avoid giving your pet anything that contains dairy because hedgehogs are lactose intolerant.

If you are looking to spoil your little spiny friend with treats or snacks this is easily achieved by either a trip to a pet store. Remember moderation is the to avoid an overweight hedgehog. Things like crickets, waxworms, and mealworms are tasty treats they will love.

So in conclusion, what do hedgehogs eat? Just about anything and everything. Just make sure to limited the amount of fats.

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