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Home Forums Carers / rescuing a hedgehog What can I feed visiting wild hedgehogs (that is good for them?). Reply To: What can I feed visiting wild hedgehogs (that is good for them?).

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Nic

Hi Knuprotcod

I don’t know for sure, but my instinct would be that suet sticks would best be avoided, in the same way that too much fat would not be good for us. I found the following quote:
‘ …. Hedgehogs have a propensity for eating almost anything and will readily consume high fat foods (e.g. cat food, processed meats, etc.) put out in gardens and if offered in captivity. Hedgehog metabolism is geared to the digestion of high protein invertebrate prey and unrestricted access to high-fat foods can result in fatty liver disease, obesity and coronary complications as is seen among humans …..’
from
http://www.wildlifeonline.me.uk/hedgehogs.html#population

I would be inclined to cut the mealworms out too, but if they won’t eat the other food without them, keep them to an absolute minimum i.e. only a pinch of mealworms with some other food. They really need the very best nutrition we can give them, especially at this time of year. And, of course, lots of water.

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