Commercially Available Hedgehog Food

pbffpbff Posts: 434

Hi all,

I find it totally shocking that so many commercially available hedgehog diets are packed full of unsuitable ingredients, with many based on peanuts and mealworms.

Mealworms have been linked to metabolic bone disease in hedgehogs, which is truly horrible.

Take a look at this YouTube video upon the subject from Vale Wildlife Hospital:

Nuts are unsuitable too - a hedgehog's mouth shape means that nuts and seeds can present a choking hazard.

Yet so many shop-bought hedgehog mixes contain large amounts of both.

It's a wonder that there isn't a regulation about what commercial hedgehog food can contain.

Reading the label before purchasing is a must!


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 12,087

    You are so right, surely anyone can see that peanuts are not a hedgehogs natural food, they eat earthworms beetles caterpillars, and other live creatures all readily found in a garden. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
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  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,551

    Can't help but agree.  Many "Hedgehog sites" give conflicting advice.

  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Indeed, I agree 100%. They are also ridiculously expensive in comparison to other food. Supermarket own brand meat flavoured cat biscuits will do the trick + help to self clean their teeth. My local rescue is trying to advise people against mealworms + peanuts. 

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