Short facts

  • The stools of African Pygmy Hedgehogs can turn green due to green vegetables they’ve eaten. Kale and spinach are two examples of vegetables that could cause this. Green stools have to disappear within 24 hours, otherwise a vet call is recommended.
  • If you change food too quickly, an African Pygmy Hedgehog can get runny and slimy stools. You can revent this by slowly mixing it; see the section ‘Getting used to new food’ for more information. Should it happen unexpectedly, the diarrhea must be over within 24 hours. After 24 hours a vet call is recommended, diarrhea can be life threatening!
  • When your hedgehog has eaten something wrong, don’t wait but call a vet!
  • Commercially fabricated food for hedgehogs is especially made for Europian hedgehogs. There is too much sugar and salt in it for African Pygmy Hedgehogs. Some brands even use raisins, which are toxic; so look out for these.
  • The smell of an African Pygmy Hedgehogs stools is largely detemined by their diet. A good diet is easily digested and creates a less strong odor.

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Base diet

Guideline of Analytical Components

Protein:               22%
Fat:                  5%
Crude fiber:   15%
Calcium:           0,9%
Phosphorus:              0,9%

Additive guideline

Iron:                  75mg/ppm
Copper:                7-16mg
Manganese:          11-70mg
Zinc:                  100-190mg

Catfood

Insects & meat

Vegetables & fruits

Snacks


BARF diet

Go see the BARF diet


What they can/can’t eat

Can

Insects & meat

Mealworms
Buffaloworms
Morioworms
Crickets
Grasshoppers
Cockroach
Wax moth
Pinky (baby mice)
One-day-chick
Dried chicken
Chicken
Minced meat
Lamb
Duck
Turkey
Beef
Pork
Canned catfood (mind the ingredients)
Ready-made fresh food
Barf (raw)

Vegetables

Pumpkin
Asparagus
Broccoli
Carrot
Sweet potatoe
Cucumber
Zucchini
Spinach
Green beans
Garden pea
Turnip
Celery
Mushrooms
Baby food (without granes, pasta or rice)

Fruits

Apple
Pear
Banana
Cherry
Watermelon
Strawberry
Plum
Blue berry
Honey melon
Bell pepper
Mango
Peach
Nectarine
Black berry
Raspberry
Cranberries
Papaya

Other

Fish (if not too fat or salty)
Boiled egg

Can’t

Insects & meat

Vegetables

Cabbages
Avocado
Rhubarb leaves

Fruits

Citrusfruits
Pineapple
Sour appels
Grapes & raisins
Dried fruits

Other

Garlic
Union
Chocolate, chips, candy, etc.
Dried nuts
Dairy products
Food with additions


Getting used to new food