• Hedgehogs are omnivorous and will eat insects and plants . You can even put out cat food and they will eat that .
  • Slugs are a big favorite of theirs
  • In the wild, one of their favourite foods is the moth larvae, commonly known as the cut-worm, a pest that damages young plants and vegetables at ground level. The larvae of these moths i.e. the turnip moth and its relatives, form nearly a quarter of the hedgehogs diet especially in April when these pests are most active on the newly forming plants. One hedgehog can dispose of thirty or more of these pests every night! Along with any caterpillars that come into reach. Beetles are another of its favourites, in particular the vegetarian beetles such as the strawberry seed beetle, seventy five were found to have been eaten by one hedgehog at a single sitting. These insects make up the majority of a hedgehogs diet as they are high in nutrition. Later in the year they will start eating more slugs, snails and other slower moving prey because these are high in fat content, which the hedgehog will need to last them through their winter hibernation. If they come across any dead carcass, such as a mouse, rat or bird they will dispose of that as well. In captivity, tined cat food seems to suit them best (not the fish varieties) along with plenty of clean water, however if you can find a few slugs for them they will always be welcomed. Check that the slugs are healthy and not beginning to dissolve, an early sign of slug pellets doing their work. You will kill the hedgehog if you feed them slugs that have been affected by slug pellets. Never feed them bread and milk, many people seem to think this is the best food for them but it is an old wives tale. Cows milk cannot be digested by a hedgehog and it will result in dehydration and eventually death. Baby hedgehogs, hoglets, need a special formula based on goats milk. Please contact me direct for further instruction on looking after hoglets. hope this helped.
  • I had a hedgehog, and it ate cat food. And I'm sure that we gave him bugs to maybe.
  • 1) "Although formerly classified in the insectivore family Insectivora, hedgehogs are almost omnivorous. Hedgehogs feed on insects, snails, frogs and toads, snakes, bird eggs, carrion, mushrooms, grass roots, berries, melons, and watermelons. In fact, berries constitute a major part of an Afghan Hedgehog's diet in early spring after hibernation. The hedgehog is occasionally spotted after a rainstorm foraging for earthworms. Although forest hedgehogs, most well-known to Europeans, are indeed mainly insectivores, this is not necessarily true for other species. In areas that have hedgehogs in the wild, they are often welcomed as a natural form of garden pest control. Many people leave food out to attract hedgehogs. Although hedgehogs are lactose-intolerant, they will eagerly consume cheese, milk, and dairy products, causing illness. The common pet hedgehog (Four-toed Hedgehog) can however have a small portion of cottage cheese as a dietary supplement. Dog and cat food are better than dairy, but both are often too high in fat and too low in protein. It is best to leave out only a small treat, leaving them plenty of appetite for the pests in one's garden." Source and futher information: 2)"Hedgehogs are basically insectivores, with over 70% of their diet insects and beetles, some worms and a very small amount of slugs/snails. The idea of feeding them almost entirely on slugs and snails is very wrong information and a hedgehog that is forced to rely on that diet will very quickly die. In fact a hedgehog will not eat slugs if other food is available. Slugs and snails are the primary carriers for the lung worm which is one of the biggest killers of hedgehogs except for us and our careless behaviour" "They do sometimes eat small mammals, such as baby mice. This only seems to occur if other food sources are scarce and they have been known to eat the chicks of some ground nesting birds on rare occasions." You should always put out additional food for a hedgehog. Do not give them bread and milk. Although the hedgehog will eat it, the bread swells up in the stomach and milk gives hedgehogs very bad diarrhoea. Many hedgehogs die of malnutrition caused by this wrong diet. It is vitally important to give additional food to your garden hedgehogs all year round From about the middle of September until they go into hibernation, normally towards the end of November or early December, a hedgehog needs to double its body weight if it is to survive several months of hibernation At this time of year foods with the highest fat/oil content are the best received and most needed by the Hedgehogs Don't forget food and especially water is needed just as much as during the hot dry summer months when a mother needs the extra help to rear her babies The best thing to put out for your garden hedgehog is cat or dog food. Any cooked meat leftovers like chicken or mince. Chop all meat in very small pieces. Hedgehogs only have tiny teeth and cannot chew or tear big pieces. Chopped Peanuts, Sultanas & Raisins. Small pieces of chopped mild or medium cheddar cheese Lots of Water, especially in hot weather, Hedgehogs drink a lot of water " Source and further information: (There is also a nice chart on this site) 3) Further information: "They prefer to sleep during the day and will become active in the evening. Your hedgehog should be fed in the evenings around 6PM because they eat at night." Domesticated hedgehog:
  • Hedgehogs eat slugs and I think they eat worms as well.
  • Hedgehogs feed on insects, snails, frogs and toads, snakes, bird eggs, carrion, mushrooms, grass roots, berries, melons, and watermelons.
  • Hedgehogs by nature are insectivores. Although when kept in captivity their diet no longer consists of insects as the main source of substanence due to the fact that insects are so high in fat and protein, and when in captivity they do not get enough excercise to burn off all the extra calories. Therefore when kept as a pet, they are fed weight management cat food, and treats of either mealworms, crickets, wet cat food, or fruit and vegetables. I've owned three hedgehogs, and each breeder I've bought from says this is true.
  • Hedges,they are very good for trimming.
  • I give them dry and wet cat food but they prefer the dry.I also give them bottled water never tap.If they eat it allup or other hedgehogs come they wait patiently by the plate as I fill it up again!
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