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: 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 ‘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 🙂

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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 🙂

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