Who does not love tomatoes as part of their daily meals? Tomatoes are extremely versatile and can be used in various foods and meals. They are juicy and add an element of oomph to the meal. They can be consumed, cut fresh without being cooked. They are also added to gravies and sauces to make the sauces thicker and add more flavor to the dish.
Humans love tomatoes, but can hedgehogs eat tomatoes too? The answer is yes; your hedgehog can eat tomatoes!
Hedgehogs are most often offered treats that are in the form of fruits and vegetables. Treats are supposed to be limited and must not be fed to your hedgehog very often. Most hedgehog experts claim that treating your hedgehog with fruits and vegetables more than four times a week can be bad for their health.
Treats are considered junk foods for hedgehogs. Junk foods can cause obesity; obesity can cause various diseases such as heart diseases, gastral illness, and high blood sugar levels.
Ripe or Unripe Tomatoes For Hedgehogs?
Tomatoes are rich in quite a lot of nutrients. Some of those nutrients are very important and are needed by the hedgehog.
Tomatoes are of two types. We can categorize them into ripe tomatoes and unripe tomatoes. The type of tomato that you might want to offer to your hedgehog should solely depend on the type of nutrients the tomato offers.
Unripe tomatoes have less nutritional value and contain toxic nutrients that are gone in ripening the tomatoes. The toxic nutrients present in unripe tomatoes can cause gastric illness; this means that the digestive system will be heavily affected. A hedgehog’s digestive system is cured with the help of antibiotics. Antibiotics make the digestive system far weaker than it already is and can reduce the hedgehog’s life span.
Ripe tomatoes, on the other hand, have no toxins and are full of nutrients. A hedgehogs’ daily diet should revolve around healthy nutrients. Hedgehogs are active pets, and they require quite a lot of nutrients to stay healthy and run around all day.
Ripe tomatoes have the nutrients that a hedgehog needs to ensure that it stays active all day and can perform its daily activities without any signs of weaknesses and any signs of fatigue during the day.
Nutrients in Tomatoes:
Tomatoes are rich in quite many nutrients and are needed by hedgehogs with almost all of their meals. Nutrients are needed to make sure that they are running around during the day and experience no fatigue.
Tomatoes, ripe tomatoes, in general, have a combination of nutrients. Some of the nutrients are considered important for hedgehogs. Simultaneously, some are categorized as junk foods and should be fed a limited number of times.
Here is a detailed list of all the nutrients that are found in a tomato:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Tomatoes have a high percentage of the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is usually needed to protect the heart, digestive, and immunity system of the hedgehogs from any diseases.
Lycopene and Hedgehogs:
Like humans, hedgehogs need lycopene to protect the functioning systems of their bodies. Hedgehogs have a very sensitive mouth, stomach and have a very sensitive heart. They need to be given antioxidants to ensure that the food they are eating gets properly digested and that their heart and immune systems are healthy and perform the tasks they are meant to perform.
Sugars and Hedgehogs’ Diet.
Sugars are present in tomatoes but a moderate quantity. They are not present in a high amount, an amount we can categorize as alarmingly high. Yet, they are present.
A hedgehog’s balanced diet does not contain sugars as an element to it. Hedgehogs can gain weight very easily and be obese if they are fed sugar. Sugar can cause obesity because sugar is classified as junk food and must be avoided by hedgehog owners to keep obesity away.
How should I feed my hedgehog tomatoes?
Hedgehogs should be given all types of fruits and vegetables as treats; fruits and vegetables have no place in a hedgehogs’ diet.
Tomatoes should be fed to your pets ripe and washed so that there are no diseases present on the tomatoes that can make the hedgehogs sick. Remove the seeds and all of the tomatoes’ core parts to ensure that the seeds do not get stuck in your hedgehog’s mouth and do not cause the hedgehog any pain.