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Comparing hedgehog foods

Providing a balanced diet for your hedgehog is super important!  Proper diet can help fight illness and parasites attacking your little one, and can help prevent fatty liver disease and certain cancers.

But how do you choose a good food? It’s all in the ingredients!

1st: Check the “Guaranteed Analysis” table. The Hedgehog Welfare Society recommends a food with at least 20% crude protein and between 5%-15% crude fat.

2nd: Check the First FIVE Ingredients. Your first ingredient should be meat.  Anything that has “by-product” or “brewers” is not healthy and is mainly there for filler.  For example; Chicken by-product meal is bones, cartilage, skin, and offal and undeveloped eggs. It may also contain feathers. Chicken meal, however is actually  ground up chicken meat that has been carefully dried to a moisture level of 10%. The protein content is 65% and the fat level is 12%. Regular chicken contains about 70% water with 18% protein and 5% fat.

3rd: All the extras.  Lots of foods add all kinds of catchy, tantalizing ingredients that may or may not be beneficial to your hog.  Hedgehogs don’t really need fruits and vegetables (F&V) in their diet so brands like Blue Buffalo that have a high amount of F&V may not get eaten.  On the flip side, some extras are really really good.  DHA, Omega 3 & 6, and vitamins and minerals are essential to diet and some brands don’t add these into the food.

We’ve also found that a completely grain-free diet may cause the hedgehog to have looser stool.  They do need some fiber!  If you choose a grain free option, mix it with another food with grain in it.

Here is a great list of the best of the best (and a few of the worst) food out there for hedgehogs:food-infograph

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Nov. 16th Meet and Greet

FireQuills is having a meet the herd day today, Nov 16th, 9am-12pm. 154 Marquitos Dr. Kyle, TX. If you can’t come today but still want to meet the hedgies, let me know.

SPB Hermione licken my chops

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SPB Hermione

Yet more cute! Hermione has my favorite facial markings and she knows it!

SPB Hermione smiles

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Pearl absolutely LOVES this cat toy!

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FHF Corpus Christy sure is cute!!!

Someone is becoming quite the camera hog! CC steals the show.

CC Super Cute

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Vet Inspection, 2013

Our vet visit went superbly.  Dr. Singleton was very impressed with our set up and he even fell in love with one of our girls.  Guess who was our vet’s favorite? Miss FHF Corpus Christi! This beautiful girl is a leucistic with deep ruby eyes and a ton of personality. Thank you Happy Hogs for loaning her to us!

Sweet CC

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Ajax has passed away

Ajax, our sweetest rescue and “Wild Texas Hedgehog” passed away yesterday. Ajax came to us after Denise found him in her backyard. An irresponsible owner had let him go, assuming he would be fine surviving outside. Unfortunately, Texas is not a suitable environment for a hedgehog and Ajax became very sick. Please, if you, or someone you know, has a hedgehog which you cannot take care of, turn him in to us, or the Austin Guinea Pig Rescue. Thank you.

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