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Syringe Feeding

You may or may not have to feed your hedgie at one point or another in it's life. Whether is a hunger strike, or the inability to chew hard food, syringe feeding may be the only way to ensure your hedgehog gets the nutrition it requires.

What to Syringe Feed

Many people syringe feed their hedgehogs a mix of Hills A/D and baby food with ground kibble.
Others will syringe feed their babies strawberry or vanilla Boost Protein drink.
Many hedgehogs prefer their soft food warmed up. Check against your wrist to make sure it is not to hot.
For more information on soft food see Foods?.

How to Syringe Feed

One way to syringe feed a hedgehog is to insert the end of the syringe in the corner of the hedgehogs mouth. Never feed the hedgehog from the front of it's mouth as it could choke on the food being shoved down its throat. By entering from the side the hedgehog has to chew and swallow the food on its own. Slowly squirt some of the food into it's mouth, and it should promptly gulp it up. Continue slowly putting the food in it's mouth, and if it balls back up, wait for it to uncurl before trying again. After a while it should get used to the syringe and start biting at the nozzle. At this point yo can begin to feed the hedgehog more quickly as it has begun to get the hang of the feeding. If the hedgehog decides to stop gulping it down release pressure on the syringe or you can have a messy situation on your hands.
Usually a hedgehog will start to blow bubbles with the food or begin to get restless when it becomes full. Before playing with the hedgehog it should be cleaned up a little, and allowed to do its business, unless you want to be covered with it's business.
If your hedgehog is on a hunger strike, the hedgehog should be fed during the day to allow him to fill up on and learn where it's kibble is at night. An idea is to mix some of the soft food in with the kibble to show the hedgehog that food belongs in this bowl.

If it is the first time feeding a hedgehog a new soft food, you may have to allow for time for it to anoint the messy food all over itself -.-



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Created by: admin Last Modification: Monday 23 of March, 2009 19:18:40 EDT by azyrios


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