Foods that are unsafe and bad for hedgehogs
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Foods that are unsafe and bad for hedgehogs

Certain types of food can cause your hedgehog harm. It’s important to avoid things like certain food items, ways of cooking, and unhealthy brands. Side effects can cause irritation, pain or even death in hedgehogs. So be on the lookout! These kinds of foods are unsafe or bad for hedgehogs to eat.

If you would like to know the treats and foods hedgehogs can eat, check out our article here

Unsafe/Unhealthy Main Meal

  • Foods that don’t follow the percentages rule
  • Rodent food (guinea pig, rabbit, etc)
  • Insects alone
  • Dog food (harder to digest and too big kibble size)
  • Reptile food (turtle, lizard, etc)
  • Big kibble size
  • Only treats and nothing else

Unsafe Treats

  • Dairy:
    • Milk
    • Other dairy products
  • Fruits:
    • Grapes or raisins
    • Citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, etc)
    • Dried fruits (even if they are healthy)
    • Avocado
    • Pineapple
    • Canned fruits (usually have added items like sugar)
  • Vegetables:
    • Onion
    • Garlic
    • Potato
    • Tomato
    • Mushroom
    • Celery 
    • Corn
    • Peas 
    • Canned veggies (usually have added items like sodium)
  • Meats:
    • Processed and canned meat
    • Raw meat
    • Seasoned meat
    • Fried meat
    • Meat by-products (animal proteins, bone meal)
  • Insects:
    • From bait shops
    • From your yard
  • Other:
    • All nuts and seeds
    • Chocolate
    • Herbs 
    • Artificial fillers
    • Junk food
    • Preservatives
    • Sugar
    • Fried food
    • Hard foods
    • Sticky foods
    • Spices
    • Candy 

Cooking food

When cooking food, it is important to not cook it in oil and fry it. You also should not add any seasoning or herbs. Most food can be eaten raw, like fruits. Although, certain foods need to be cooked like raw meat or hard veggies. Boiling is usually a good way to cook and soften food.

Quick Tips and Reminders

  • Obesity hurts hedgehogs: only 1-3 tablespoons of food a day
  • Feed at night and late hours
  • Remove excess food
  • Clean out and refill water daily
  • Treats should be given in moderation
  • Treats become unhealthy if not prepared properly or given in excess
  • Test new food or treats out in small doses (to check for allergies)
  • When switching food brands, follow our switch guide in our feeding guide

If you would like the ultimate guide for hedgehog food and feeding, check out our article here.

I hope you enjoyed this article! Let us know in the comments what your hedgehog’s favorite food is! Ours loves a little bite of banana once a week.

Foods that are unsafe and bad for hedgehogs

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