what do baby hedgehogs eat

What do Baby Hedgehogs Eat?

Hedgehogs are small animals with spiny quills and have become increasingly popular as pets. They are often quite docile and enjoy the company of their humans. But what do baby hedgehogs eat to stay healthy?

Infant Health Requirements

Baby hedgehogs, also known as hoglets, have very specific dietary requirements for optimal growth and development. They typically consume both insect and animal proteins, as well as a specialized dry puppy food mix with high quality proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

Dietary Needs of Hoglets

A balanced diet for baby hedgehogs should include the following:

  • A quality “insectivore” dry puppy food, with additional vitamins and minerals
  • Small amounts of insects, such as mealworms, crickets and waxworms
  • Small amounts of animal protein, such as cooked or raw chicken, beef, and organ meat
  • Vegetables such as carrots, kale, and sweet potatoes

Exploring the Diet

Baby hedgehogs should start with a diet that is higher in proteins and fats and lower in carbohydrates, as carbohydrates can cause obesity in this species. As your hedgehog grows and develops, you can add more vegetables to their diet as well as limited fruit as treats.

Safe Supplements

Adding omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics to your hedgehog’s diet can help boost nutrition and provide a balanced diet with everything he needs to stay healthy and active.


Baby hedgehogs have specific dietary needs to keep them healthy and thriving. As they are omnivores, they should be provided with both insect and animal proteins, vegetables, small amounts of fruits, and supplementary omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics. With proper nutrition and care, baby hedgehogs can live happy and healthy lives.

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