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Safe Treats and Food That Hedgehogs Can Actually Eat

EEk, what if I feed my hedgehog something dangerous? What if it causes them pain or discomfort? No need to worry, because here is a list of safe treats and food that hedgehogs can actually eat! As long as you follow these guidelines you will have a happy and healthy hedgehog.

If you are more interested in foods and treats that hedgehogs can not eat check out this article here.

Main Meal

  • For the main meal, kibble is recommended (See our recommended brands here)
  • Cat food is the most common and preferred (availability and reliability)
  • Small kibble size (usually ¼ inch)
  • Food that follows the percentages rule
  • Nothing on our unhealthy list

Quick Tips and Reminders

  • 1-3 tablespoons a day to reduce the high risk of obesity
  • No overfeeding of treats of food
  • Take away uneaten food
  • Clean out and refill water bowl daily
  • A mixture of different foods and treats make for a healthier hog
  • Test new food or treats out in small doses to check for allergies
  • When switching food brands, follow our switch steps in our feeding guide

Good Treats:

  • Meat & Fish (cut thin, cooked, no oil, or seasoning):
    • Chicken
    • Salmon/Tuna (some people advise against fish because it is not part of a natural wild diet)
  • Vegetables (usually cooked to soften and chopped small):
    • Romaine lettuce
    • Arugula
    • Dandelion greens
    • Collard greens
    • Spinach
    • Broccoli
    • Sweet potato
    • Asparagus
    • Radish, turnip
    • Green pepper
    • Carrot (cooked to soften)
  • Fruits (small bites, usually skinless)
    • Apple
    • Banana
    • Cherry
    • Pears
    • Melons: Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon
    • Papaya
    • Mango
    • Peaches
    • Plum
    • Squash
    • Pumpkin
    • Berries: Strawberries, Cranberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberry (without skin for some)
  • Baby food
    • Level two (no citrus or garlic powder)

Acceptable Treats in Moderation

  • Insects (no bait shop/no garden):
    • Mealworms
    • Waxworms
    • Crickets
    • Millipedes
    • Hornworms 
  • Meat (cut thin, cooked, no oil, or seasoning):
    • Lean steak
    • Scrambled eggs
  • Dairy:
    • Cottage cheese
    • Yogurt (plain low-fat)

If you want a more in-depth look or just more knowledge check out our hedgehog food and feeding guide.

Let us know in the comments what your hedgehog’s favorite treat is! Ours is a sucker for mealworms. Although, she does enjoy a little bite of banana every once in a while.

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