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    Making my own food mix

    I want to make my own food mix. I\'ll be getting a few more hedgehogs over the next year or so, and I think it will probably turn out cheaper to make my own food than to continue doing what I\'m doing.
    I\'ve read through the posts here and it seems that Purina is recommended most often. I was thinking of a mix containing the following:

    Nutro Natural Choice Complete Care Indoor Formula-
    Crude protein (min.) 33%
    crude fat (min.) 14%

    Purina One Chicken and Rice-
    Crude Protein (min.) 34%
    Crude Fat (min.) 13%

    If anyone could suggest another food to add, I\'d really appreciate it.
    -Laura
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    Re:Making my own food mix

    i found a dog food that my hedgie loves! its called merricks and it comes in like 4 flavors. she never really ate the hedgehog food i had for her and now she goes nuts when she eats this food. fat content is a little high but shes slightly underweight.
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    Re:Making my own food mix

    My mix (yet tested...) is Purina and Fancy Feast Dry, as well as a bit of Purina Dog Chow that I swiped from my dogs
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    Re:Making my own food mix

    You might want to throw in a \"junk food\" with it.. meaning something like Special Kitty or something along those lines... a more experienced person could tell you the exact combination... i\'m still getting mine right!
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    14 Hedgies- Tumbleweed, Marvin, Aodhan, Shiner, Mobic, Gemma, Kisses, Lydia, Grace, Nebula, Mireya, Isis, LadyBell and Gwynn

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    Re:Making my own food mix

    Thanks for the input!

    I went looking at foods today and found about five that looked alright. I don\'t know if they would make a good mix but, these are the five that I liked.

    Purina One Chicken and Rice
    Royal Canine Feline Health
    Nutro Indoor Car
    Purina Kitten and/or Purina Senior

    Any ideas?
    The purina kitten had chicken by-product as it\'s main ingredient. I know that hedgies organs tend to fail on only the rich stuff, but would only one half-way decent food be enough to set off the rich stuff?
    -Laura
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    Re:Making my own food mix

    Royal Canin**
    Not Royal Canine :silly:
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    Re:Making my own food mix

    only thing with the Kitten Chow is that it is higher in fat content... it would be fine for a young hedgie.. but they are done growing at about 6 months old... and so you would want to cut the kitten chow out unless they are pregnant or nursing...
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    Re:Making my own food mix

    The kitten chow I looked at had 12.5% fat. On the low side, but when mixed with the other foods should work out to be about 14%.
    -Laura
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    Re:Making my own food mix

    Purina kitten chow is fine to feed to the adults too. It is not very high in fat and the hedgies do well on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laurenlove View Post
    My mix (yet tested...) is Purina and Fancy Feast Dry, as well as a bit of Purina Dog Chow that I swiped from my dogs
    The Purina mix you mention here, is it the chicken and rice one? Do you still use the dog food? how's your mix going guys?

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