Hedgehog Basics

Diet

In the wild, hedgehogs are primarily insectivores, but they will often eat whatever is available. Hedgehogs have been known to eat insects, slugs, baby mice, frogs, fish, worms, small snakes, eggs, and even fruit. 


For your pet hedgehog dry food should be their primary source of food. High end cat kibble is a great way to ensure this. 


A couple good brands you can use are:

Halo Cat Food

Blue Buffalo

Rachel Ray Nutrish Cat Food

Purina One Naturals


Depending on your adult hedgies metabolism, 2 tbls a day is sufficient, if you notice them getting fat, cut back.

Can I give my hedgie fruit and veggies?

Yes, a small amount of fruits and vegetables can be added to their diet. Some foods you could use are beans, peas, corn, apples, grapes, and carrots. 


If your hedgie doesnt like one, try another. sometimes they only care for the dry food.


Always be sure to clear any uneaten fruits or veggies, as it can lead to mold and decay.

Yummy Treats

 Treats are a great way to add variety to the diet, but as with all things in life, should be consumed in  moderation. 


I like to sprinkle a few dried meal worms on their food dishes every few days.


Othe great insect treats are crickets. You can use live or dried mealworms and crickets. 


Other yummy treat selections are hard boiled eggs, hamburger, and chicken. Remember, even though you might like salt and pepper  and spices on your hamburger or chicken, your hedgie with not thank you. It is best to feed these types of food, all natural, no spices.

Temperature

The temperature for your hedgie needs to be between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. I recommend ceramic heat emitters and heat lamps for temperature control. (the same kind you use for repliles) They provide a reliable heat source without changing your hedgies light/sleeping schedule.

Housing

Hedgehogs can be kept in a variety of suitable homes. 


I personally use large sterilite tubs as they are optimal for breeding and cleaning. 


Other wonderful options are paneled guinea pig cages or indoor rabbit cages. If you are having trouble finding a perfect cage, feel free to contact me, and I can send you pictures of some options.

Toys and Entertainment

Hedgehogs like to be active. 


Wheels are a great addition to your hedgehogs cage. Carolina Storm Bucket Wheels and Kaytee Silent Spinners are favorites of mine.


They also enjoy plastic cat toys, (those little plastic balls with the bell) and old toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls. 


Other options for entertainment are large PVC pipes cut into 6 to 8 in lengths.