Feeding hedgehogs


A few nights ago just after midnight, I was in the garden trying to get one of my cats in (who was already in the house, unbeknownst to me!). I heard some rustling in the garden and I naturally assumed it was my cat. It was a hedgehog! It came running up to me, stared at me, and then sauntered off. I stood there, open mouthed, for about five minutes, because I really didn’t believe what I’d just seen! I looked online as to whether you can feed hedgehogs in your garden, and apparently it’s okay to feed them “foods like minced meat, tinned dog or cat food (not fish-based), crushed cat biscuits, or chopped boiled eggs. Specialist hedgehog food can also be bought from wild bird food suppliers. Never feed hedgehogs milk as it can cause diarrhoea; instead provide plain, fresh water in a shallow bowl.

Source:Β http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/inthewild/gardenhedgehogs

Also, according to the RSPCA page above, “As many as 10 different hedgehogs may visit a garden over several nights, which could mean β€˜your hedgehog’ is a number of different individuals visiting at different times.”

The cat food that we’ve been leaving out has been eaten, so I’m so excited to be able to feed local hedgehogs πŸ™‚

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3 thoughts on “Feeding hedgehogs

    1. No, that wasn’t my hedgehog, that’s from the RSPCA website. I just loved the photo. At first I thought it was a rat, but then I saw it’s spines in the moonlight, bless πŸ™‚

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