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Should I feed my hedgehogs mealworms?

Mealworms may be a tasty snack, but in large quantities they can counterproductive. To be on the safe side, it’s probably better to offer other foods, such as a good quality hedgehog food, or cat/ dog food, and of course only ever water to drink.

Poor Nutrition

Mealworms offer little nutrition, but are highly ‘addictive’.  This means ‘hogs are likely to fill up on these before eating food with a much higher nutritional value.

Supplementary feeding

Providing an animal with just one type of food is not the best idea, just because a ‘hog needs a varied diet, but this really only applies to hedgehogs in rehabilitation where they aren’t able to forage naturally.

Otherwise, just remember any food you provide is supplementary.  Wild hedgehogs will be getting the majority of their food from the wild such as beetles and earthworms.

 

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Hedgehog and fox cub having a mealworm party

Hedgehog