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Hedgehogs/hedgehog Diet, Tomatoes


Hi !

i've been looking around for good quality cat foods to feed my hedgehog and i found this one that looks promising. but one of the ingredients listed down is tomato pomace. i've read before that feeding tomatoes to hedgehogs are dangerous. so i want to know if this cat food is safe for my hedgehog or not ? if you were wondering this is the cat food in question.

Hi, Jasmin:

Hedgies do not handle acid foods well, so I would not give yours tomato.  It's possible that the food you chose is okay (esp. since it is dry), but better safe than sorry.  

I am  not a nutritional expert.  Since I do not know what goods are available o you, I would advise you to do research on the internet to find out what other hedgehog fanciers have settled on as their main adult hedgehog food.

Hedgie Blessings,



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Laurel Sedgwick


Can answer care, health, & behavioral questions, as well as basic breeding questions. Can help questioner figure out if a hedgehog is the right pet for them.


Have had hedgehogs since 2001 - 16 so far. I have no experience with non-weaned babies, and limited experience with breeding and with pregnant hedgehogs. I have had too much experience with WHS (Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome). I would rate myself "expert" at syringe-feeding, and as "advanced" at performing SubQs. Two of my hedgehogs have injured an eye to the point that it had to be surgically removed. I have had a lot of hedgehogs who suffered from cancer, some who had surgery and some who didn't. Some of my quilly kids have had abcessed teeth; one guy lost all of his teeth but one! I have had multiple female hedgehogs who suffered from bleeding, who had to have surgery for uterine cancer, which was in most cases successful. Temperamentally, I have had very timid hedgehogs, persistently grumpy hedgehogs, biting hedgehogs, and very friendly hedgehogs whom I took with me as "ambassadors" for educational presentations.

I am a Certified Judge for the IHA, and run a rescue station for the HWS. My application to be a rescue station for the IHA is pending.

I read everything I can get my hands on. Have read the best of the books, Dawn Wrobel's THE HEDGEHOG and Tig M-Burleson's THE HEDGEHOG PRIMER. I am a member of the International Hedgehog Association (IHA) and Hedgehog Welfare Society (HWS), and have been a member of various online bulletin board groups since 2002.
I have attended many hedgehog shows and have served as a judge in IHA conformation shows.

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