Feeding Your Hedgehog: A Comprehensive Overview of Dietary Needs

When it comes to caring for a hedgehog, providing them with a proper diet is crucial for their health and well-being. Hedgehogs have specific dietary needs that must be met in order to ensure they receive the necessary nutrients. In this article, we will explore what you should feed a hedgehog, including their main diet, treats, and potential dietary restrictions.

Main Diet for Hedgehogs

The main diet for a hedgehog primarily consists of high-quality commercial hedgehog food. These specially formulated pellets are designed to provide all the essential nutrients that hedgehogs need. Look for a brand that offers a balanced mix of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates.

It’s important to note that hedgehogs are insectivores by nature. While some people may try to feed them cat or dog food as an alternative, it’s not recommended as these foods do not meet their specific nutritional requirements. Commercial hedgehog food ensures that they get the right balance of nutrients they need to thrive.

Treats for Hedgehogs

In addition to their main diet, treats can be given to hedgehogs in moderation. Treats can serve as a source of enrichment and can help strengthen the bond between you and your pet. However, it’s important not to overdo it with treats as excessive consumption can lead to weight gain and other health issues.

Some suitable treats for hedgehogs include mealworms (live or dried), crickets, small pieces of fruits such as apples or berries (in limited quantities), and cooked lean meats like chicken or turkey (without seasoning). Always remember to cut fruits into small pieces to prevent choking hazards.

Potential Dietary Restrictions

While most hedgehogs thrive on a diet consisting primarily of commercial hedgehog food, there are certain dietary restrictions that owners should be aware of. Some hedgehogs may have allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients, so it’s important to monitor their reactions when introducing new foods.

Certain foods should be avoided altogether. These include chocolate, caffeine, dairy products, sugary foods, and high-fat or fried foods. These items can be harmful to hedgehogs and may cause digestive issues or even toxicity.

Water and Feeding Schedule

Providing fresh water is essential for hedgehogs. Water should always be available in a clean dish, and the dish should be checked and refilled daily. Hedgehogs are prone to dehydration, so ensuring they have access to water at all times is crucial.

As for feeding schedule, hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures, which means they are more active during the night. Therefore, it’s best to offer food in the evening or late afternoon when they are most likely to eat. Observe your hedgehog’s eating habits and adjust the feeding schedule accordingly.


Feeding your hedgehog a proper diet is vital for their overall health and well-being. Providing them with high-quality commercial hedgehog food as their main diet, along with suitable treats in moderation, will help ensure they receive all the necessary nutrients. Remember to avoid any potential dietary restrictions and always provide fresh water for your furry friend. By following these guidelines, you can keep your hedgehog happy and healthy for years to come.

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