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Hi Vwyatt

That’s really lovely that you have a hog there and are enjoying it’s visits.

Simbo65 is right, though, you really need to try to wean it off the mealworms. They have an imbalance of phosphorous and calcium which causes calcium to leach from the bones of the hogs. Cat/dog/hog foods (including cat/kitten biscuits) are the best things to feed and hopefully will lead to healthier hogs. If the hog won’t eat the new diet immediately give it a few mealworms with it, just to start with, as Simbo65 suggests and gradually reduce them. It is particularly important at this time of year, when there are hoglets around, not to have mealworms available – hoglets are even more at risk, being that bit smaller.

Water, of course very important (preferably 24 hours a day), but make sure any container is not so deep that a hoglet could get stuck in it.

Hope you manage to wean your hog visitor off the mealworms fairly easily. Good luck.