A List of Fruits Hedgehogs CAN Eat

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What can you feed hedgehogs? It’s important to know what foods are safe to feed hedgehogs because some foods can be dangerous or even fatal to them.

This article will list all the fruits that hedgehogs can eat and the foods they should avoid eating at all costs.

 

Can hedgehogs eat fruit?

Can hedgehogs eat fruit? The answer is yes, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Hedgehogs are carnivores, so their diet should be mostly meat-based. However, hedgehogs can also benefit from a small amount of fruit in their diet.

The key is to offer only a small amount of fruit and to make sure that it is properly diced or pureed so that the hedgehog can easily eat it. Some good options for fruit include blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

While hedgehogs can eat fruit, it is important to remember that their diet should still be mostly meat-based. If you are unsure about how much fruit to give your hedgehog, it is always best to speak with a veterinarian.

There are many types of fruit that hedgehogs can eat. Some good options include blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. However, it is important to note that hedgehogs should still get most of their nutrition from meat-based sources rather than fruits.

In addition to these three main categories, there are some things that you should avoid feeding your hedgehog under any circumstances. Certain fruits contain poisonous chemicals which can cause illness or even death in your pet if eaten.

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What fruits can hedgehogs eat?

Like humans, hedgehogs need to eat fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. While not all fruit is safe for your pet hedgehog to consume, there is plenty that is good for him! As with any other food you give your pet, it’s important to make sure that any fruit you choose is pesticide-free and organic.

Here are some of our favorite fruits that can be enjoyed by hedgehogs:

Acai berries: Acai berries contain more antioxidants than most other fruits and have even been known to help people lose weight. These berries are high in fiber and protein, as well as vitamin C, which helps improve immune function.

Blueberries: Blueberries have been shown to help prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory loss. Additionally, they’re rich in fiber and vitamin C.

Raspberries: Raspberries are rich in fiber, calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. They also contain vitamins A and E.

Strawberries: Strawberries are loaded with vitamins A and C; they also provide plenty of fiber. They’re also an excellent source of folic acid! While many animals enjoy strawberries, be sure not to feed your hedgehog the leaves or stems—they can be toxic.

Kiwi fruit: This fruit is rich in Vitamin C and provides an excellent source of fiber for your pet hedgehog. You should remove the skin before giving it to him/her, however, as it contains small amounts of latex that may cause allergies or illness if consumed by your pet.

A Note on Toxic Foods for Hedgehogs: Some foods that humans love are actually toxic to hedgehogs. When shopping for food, make sure you avoid eating any product that has been coated with chemicals (e.g., wax), sprayed with pesticides, or covered in wax (like citrus).

For example, while oranges aren’t bad when eaten whole (with their peel), anything coated in wax is likely too dangerous to give to your pet!

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Things hedgehogs should avoid eating

Chocolate, avocados, and any type of nuts. Chocolate is toxic to hedgehogs and can make them very sick. Other foods that are bad for hedgehogs include cheese, yogurt (which contains too much fat), ice cream, and dairy products.

Fruits that hedgehogs can eat: apples, bananas, oranges, and peaches. Try to feed fresh fruits rather than dried or frozen varieties; remember that any food given should be pesticide-free if possible.

Avoid grapes, which are poisonous to both humans and animals. If you’re not sure about whether a fruit is safe for your pet, do some research online before offering it as an option.

Remember that while eating fruit is healthy for hedgehogs, they need their usual diet of mealworms and other insects in order to maintain proper nutrition. Never replace these staple foods with fruits alone!

When in doubt, check with your veterinarian. As always, hedgehogs are unique creatures who will have different preferences when it comes to what they like to eat. Some may enjoy a few bites of fruit now and then but still prefer mealworms and crickets over anything else—while others might only go for greens or melons.

Pay attention to what your pet likes best and try out new things every once in a while so he doesn’t get bored!

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Four steps ensure that you are feeding fruit to your hedgehog in the safest way possible

Choose low-sugar fruits: Fruits that are on the hedgehog’s list of favorites include apples, mangoes, and bananas. If you decide to use one of these fruits, you will want to limit its consumption because each contains more than 10 percent sugar by weight.

While apples are not high in sugar content compared to other fruit options, they have been shown to cause stomach issues in small animals when consumed in large quantities. Check with your veterinarian before serving fruits that might not be on a hedgehog’s favorites list.

Consult with your vet about adding fruit to your pet’s diet, as well.

Hedgehogs also love grapes and strawberries but should only eat them in moderation due to their high sugar content (15 percent).

Avoid citrus fruits: Citrus is bad for hedgehogs for two reasons: first, it can irritate their sensitive skin; second, it can upset their digestive system due to its acidity.

Remember that dogs and cats can eat citrus without any problems—hedgehogs cannot! Stick with non-citrus fruits like apples, bananas, and mangoes.

Limit serving sizes: Even if you find low-sugar fruit that your pet enjoys, you still need to monitor how much he eats at one time. It’s important not to overfeed him because his stomach is very small compared to his body size.

While your pet may be able to handle a large piece of fruit on occasion, doing so regularly could cause him intestinal distress or diarrhea. If you have questions about what foods are safe for your pet, talk to your veterinarian.

Your vet will be able to tell you which fruits are best based on your hedgehog’s age and overall health.

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