13th September 2018 at 6:45 pm #11796
We have three cats, so a ready supply of cat-food.
Except my wife moans at me for stealing her cat-food for my hedgehogs 🙁
So, when I return from the supermarket with tins of Whiskas poultry selection in jelly (+7 years), I point out that I’ve bought hedgehog food which we can also use for the cats 🙂
In fact the cats don’t much like the Duck flavour, so we have a kind of agreement that I can use the duck flavour for my hedgehogs.
They do like it, with two feeding stations each being set out with a plateful at dusk, which usually require re-filling around 11pm before I go to bed.
The plates are usually empty in the morning, except they don’t seem to like the jelly much. Leftovers get tipped onto the lawn for the magpies/wasps to finish.
But it’s the dried cat-food that I have a problem with.
The cats like Purina One (Adult) in chicken flavour, but the hedgies don’t it seems. 🙁
Once the hedgehogs stop feeding so much, and food left out could be frozen as the nights turn colder, I plan to largely switch to offering dry food and wonder what others’ experience is in feeding hedgehogs dried cat-food which they really like?13th September 2018 at 8:15 pm #11797
I feed a 50:50 mix of two Royal Canin dry biscuit – Second Age Kitten and Mother & Baby Cat. I’ve never known a hog turn its nose up at either of these but I think the favourite is Mother & Baby Cat. They also seem to like Spike’s semi-moist but unfortunately I find it’s too expensive to buy in the quantities I need. I have fed IAMS kitten biscuit in the past but I got the impression the hogs found it a bit hard.14th September 2018 at 12:20 am #11799
I try to buy high meat quantity biccys. So Arden Grange or one that all my 5 seem to like is James Wellbeloved grain free turkey biccys. £12 for a large bag. I tried hedgehog biccys but they always got left behind…all the JWB gets eaten. I put out butchers classic chicken wet food which is usually on offer in poundstretcher…again all gets eaten.14th September 2018 at 9:16 am #11800
I fed Iams kitten biscuits (chicken flavour) last winter to a hog who had been used to hedgehog food. I had to switch because a rat appeared and I hoped it wouldn’t like them so much. Like you, I was worried about wet food freezing. The hoglet didn’t hibernate so it was really important he got some food. There was no problem at all with the switch and he seemed happy with them and continued to grow throughout the winter.15th September 2018 at 11:06 am #11820
We also have three cats, two of ours also don’t like the duck variety but the hogs love it. It’s funny that you mention Purina one dry food (I use the sensitive) as my hogs absolutely love that one!. I have tried them with go cat but they don’t like that nearly as much. They are fast becoming just as spoilt as the kitties 🙂 .15th September 2018 at 12:00 pm #11821
I thought it might be worth offering the hogs some cheaper TESCO cat food.
They tried it, but then went off elsewhere to find something decent to eat, leaving most of it (they also ignored the IAMS dried food I tried).
Fortunately the foxes weren’t so fussy and ‘disappeared’ the remaining TESCO cat food that I tipped out at their feeding place before reverting the hedgehogs to Whiskas.
The Whiskas in the hedgehog feeding stations was all gone by morning 🙂
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