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Home Forums Hedgehog signs and sightings What To Feed Hedgehogs & The Danger Of Too Many Mealworms! Reply To: What To Feed Hedgehogs & The Danger Of Too Many Mealworms!


Their diets are very simple really, but they can be a bit fussy – when I first starting feeding them I bought Webbox hedgehog food from Morrisons, and that’s when they all started arriving, it was a big hit, then Morrisons ran out so went to pets at home and got spikes crunchy biscuits, they went on strike for a couple of days, I thought I’d never see them again, then they came back – then I tried out spikes semi-moist, and then they’d just eat the semi-moist and not bother with the crunchy – and then Morrisons started to restock again, just lately, so I continued with the semi-moist mixed in with the webbox and they refuse to eat the Webbox.

With wet dog food, it hasn’t mattered what brand I’ve given them, they like that regardless, but boy are they fussy about the dried food.

So now, sticking to spikes semi-moist and Go Cat biscuits, lately I’ve had empty dishes – but recently, since nearly all of them are in hibernation now, they eat all the spikes and leave the Go Cat,

So your hedgehogs will like the Wilkinsons for now, switch it, they might go on strike, and then start eating, then after a while, if you go back to the original food, they might refuse it.

They are funny little things.

I think this is why mealworms is such a huge problem, as once they get the taste of them, when people find out that they are bad for them, they refuse to eat the good stuff, so people give up giving them the good stuff and continue with the mealworms.

I saw an article by one of the rescue centres, and they said, it takes about 4 days (after them being fed on mealworms) before they’ll start eating again, but they do start eating again, and probably forget about the mealworms.

If you do want to try other brands of dried hedgehog food or cat biscuits, I’ve learnt that it’s best to start feeding them the new stuff whilst you’ve still got some left of the old stuff, and mix it in together, so by the time you switch, they would have got used to the smell and be less suspicious of it.