Food For Hedgehogs

Pet hedgehogs are typically known as African pygmy hedgehogs. Domesticated hedgehogs are becoming popular additions to many American homes. When their basic needs are provided properly, you will find one of these gentle creatures a great companion to have inside (even outside) the house. However, not everyone may find this docile creature the right pet to have. If you already have one, you will need to know the food for hedgehogs so that your pet will live happy and satisfied while under your care. Find out more about the right foods that you can offer to your pet hedgehog as you read through this post.

A Hedgehog’s Nutritional Requirements

Hedgehogs are insectivores, which means their primary food source is insect protein (chitin). However, they also consume anything that is available in their natural habit. That includes slugs, baby mice, frogs, fish, mealworms, small snakes, eggs, even fruits, and vegetables. In the wild, they eat almost anything they want with their set of 55 tiny teeth.

Their little bodies require a mixture of protein, fat, fiber, carbohydrates, water, and more. The protein in their diet should be more than 20 percent, however. Fat, on the other hand, should be about five to 15 percent. It should also include a good amount of fiber as well. You may serve a variety of protein sources. Even then, insect and poultry will still be the easiest for pet hedgehogs to digest.

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Foods for Hedgehogs

There are several brands that offer quality hedgehog foods. Opt for a dry commercial formulation that contains about 20 percent protein. It should also contain some fiber that is about twice the amount of its primary food. Food formulas that have L-carnitine listed as an ingredient as this will support your pet’s heart health. You may also opt to give your pet some health supplements. Hedgehogs usually need about 50 mg a day, for treatment of cardiomyopathy. Again, you will need to offer other foods, such as live insects, cooked chicken, and more.

You may also offer a small portion of a cat’s canned food. Remember, however, that you should not feed your pet with seeds, raisins, dried fruits, and vegetables.

If for some reason, you cannot find a good best food for hedgehogs, your last option is to offer your pet a high-quality chicken cat food sprinkled with some kibble. Keep in mind, however, that this should be provided only when all other options are not available.

If you are still thinking of having one or two to care for, you might want to know the characters that these domesticated animals usually display.

 

  1. Hedgehogs can be prickly at times. A hedgehog’s back is covered with sharp spines that they use to defend themselves whenever they are held by an unlikely person. If it will be your first time to hold one, make sure that you will be gentle enough not to frighten and use a towel to cover it until it’s already relaxed.

 

  1. Hedgehogs are noisy. These domesticated animals will vocalize their fear and their emotions by grunting, squealing, even screaming when they get hurt. When upset, you may hear your pet hissing or clicking. When happy, a hedgehog will purr like a cat. So

 

  1. These domesticated pets are disease-carriers. Like many other pets, hedgehogs are potential human disease carriers. You need to make sure that you handle and manage your pet well to make sure that you won’t get any of the possible diseases that it may carry on its quills and skin. This animal is potential carriers of diseases like Salmonella bacteria and fungal spores. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling one and make sure that its housing is cleaned regularly.

 

  1. Hedgehogs adapt well to extreme climatic changes. Extreme cold and warm climates will affect the eating and sleeping behaviors of your pet. That means you should not worry if you notice your hedgehog sleeping more or becoming less active when it is extremely hot or cold. It is just their way of slowing down their metabolic rate or to keep their body warm.

 

  1. Hedgehogs are heavy eaters. Hedgehogs love to eat. Those with a small space and a limited time to socialize tend to put on a lot of weight. This can cause certain disorders at times like brittle bones due to lack of calcium. You should let your pet enjoy more time outside and restrict its food intake if it is getting a little overweight.

 

  1. These pets are insectivores. Hedgehogs eat insects. They love feasting on mealworms, crickets, earthworms, wax worms.

 

  1. Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals. These domesticated pets have maintained this lifestyle and will always be active during the night and sleeping in the daytime.

 

  1. Hedgehogs use smell to camouflage. A hedgehog will disguise itself with the scent of a new object near it to make itself less obvious to those who might try to harm it.

 

  1. They have an unusual behavior when threatened. Hedgehogs would roll their bodies like a ball when they are threatened, leaving the sharp spines on their back exposed. Once this pet curls up, it will be difficult to uncurl it.

How do you meet your hedgehogs’ nutritional requirements?

Toys for Ferrets

The intelligence of the ferrets makes them highly sensitive and playful. There is an essence of providing them with ferret toys in order to keep them active and intellectually engage. Toys help these creatures to be able to develop capabilities to solve various problems and make decisions. Ferrets with no toys to play with are always depressed and bored which makes them become more destructive. They end up digging in the litter box and chewing litter and fabrics. Their health can also be compromised by the lack of toys to play with

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Which Are The Best Toys For Your Ferret?

Toys are a type of therapy that keeps the ferrets fit physically, mentally and health wise. When you provide the animal with interesting toys, it becomes very easy to keep it away from the things you don’t want the ferret to play with while in the house. Have you been wondering the kind of toys that you should provide to your ferret? You should find the toys that act as a stimulant for their instinctual behaviours like tunnelling, digging and hunting. Such toys may include wind up and battery powered toys. Other toys like cat teasers, as well as those on elastic strings,  are also good for the ferret. Such toys such as toys help stimulate their hunting drive.

Due to the interactive behaviour of the ferrets, they are always attracted by noise producing toys.  When the toys respond to the reaction of the toys, they create some sort of attraction. The toys will act on your behalf to provide the ferret with the attention that it demands from you. Other attractive toys in this category include the toys that tend to vibrate, those that rustle or crick, and those that rustle, crick, rattle or even jingle. Such toys will always catch the attention of your ferret and keep it attracted, happy and healthy.

Having a squeaky toy is also very relevant. However, such a toy can be put into better use by saving it for emergency times or in times when you are trying to locate your toy. They are so essential since the squeaky sound attracts them a lot hence they come running towards the source of such a sound. There is a popular speculation that the squeaky sound makes the ferret feel like there is a kit that they need to protect or another ferret is under attack by a predator. If you would train the ferret to run after the squeaking sound of a toy, it would help save them in the future.

Provision of a dig box is very essential since ferrets like digging a lot. To prevent them from digging on the litter box or even on the carpet or the furniture, you should provide them with a big box. This way, the urge to dig is satisfied with a more efficient, less destructive and safe way. Some of the dig boxes are made up of pebbles, dry beans, paper shreds, and ping pong balls, sand, potting soil and grains of rice. Tunnels are also another good toys for the ferrets. They have also led to the use of ferrets in various occasions such as running sound and tv cables through tunnels in the wedding of Prince Charles. Their bodies are long with a flexible spine that helps them find their way through tunnels. Teach and treat toys should also be used as problem-solving toys for the ferrets.

Which Toys Are Not Safe For Your Ferret?

Moreover, ensuring that the toys provided are chewed safe is very relevant. Those that do not have toys that they can chew will always get something to chew in the house that may cause serious health risks. Therefore, you should avoid the kind of besst ferret toys that are not made from latex or rubber that when chewed ay block the animal’s digestive system. It is also necessary to avoid giving your ferret toys with tiny parts that they can easily ingest. Therefore, it becomes very critical to supervise its play and observe its behaviour and interaction with the toys. Regular maintenance of the toys should also be done to the toys to ensure that you assess the safety of the toys.

Conclusion

Ferrets are very intelligent creatures that can easily get bored if you do not understand their behaviours. They like engaging themselves in problem-solving and in various games. This creates the essence of providing them with toys. However, the types of toys that you provide should be safe to chew and ingest to avoid causing serious health problems to your pet. Digging tunnels is also part of the best toys for the ferret. Make sure that you do not keep your toy bored by getting it something that it can play with.

Beware of wet cat

There are few things in life as cute — or as alien-loooking — as a wet kitty. See a few adorable cats and kittens who are not exactly enjoying the water during bath time.

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There are few things in life as cute — or as alien-loooking — as a wet kitty. See a few adorable cats and kittens who are not exactly enjoying the water during bath time.

Calling Dr Doolittle: Talking animals

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No-no-no kitty

This cat isn’t playing around — she will have none of it. No, no, no. (Maybe they tried to make her go to rehab?)

Man-goat wants Bob

This Peruvian goat sounds for all the world like he’s yelling for someone named Bob:

Cody the dog yells

Okay, so this little pup named Cody isn’t exactly talking, but he’s sure hollering like a man whose team just lost the Super Bowl on a technicality.

What’s your racehorse name?

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Horse nonsense

There are approximately 2.7 billion name generators on the internetwebs, and here is another.

If you have ever wondered what your racehorse name would be, The Baltimore Sun has you covered — all in honor of the Preakness. Just answer the simple question — you can pick from several different ones — and hit the “Calculate Name” button and voilà — you are now known to the world as Medium Rare Magic, winner of the Triple Crown of silliness. Get your racehorse name here.

Our names? Lemon Drop Dancer and She Loves You A La Mode.

Crazy vintage cats & dogs

Picturess of cute cats and adorable dogs? They’re nothing new. Most of these photos of cats and dogs in human domestic situations were created as novelty amusements and sold as postcards during the mid-1910s, while others were used as advertisements or to illustrated newspaper stories.

Take a look back at pets of the past

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Winnie the Pooh: Violent criminal?

From the Brampton, Ontario Guardian we get a valuable lesson for newspaper publishers about making sure the photo on the front page above the fold matches your top headline — or at least doesn’t make your publication look entirely silly.

Check out the capers of the “Violent crime duo caught on video” — aka the Abominable Snowman and Winnie the Pooh:

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That Winnie The Pooh sure is a violent one.

Look, I get that the photo is of the holiday display that was vandalized as referenced in the story — but maybe an “after” photo would have been more appropriate?  Because now all I can picture is Winnie The Pooh drunk on honey, knocking over convenience stores and yelling obscenities.  Which, admittedly, is funny.

The Dog’s diary/The Cat’s diary

The Dog’s diary

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!

1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 pm – Dinner! My favorite thing!

7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

 

The Cat’s diary

Day 983 of my captivity

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.

In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today, I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today, I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously mentally deficient. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have, however, arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now…