Are Live Bugs Necessary for my Hedgehog?

Bugs are yucky and my mom doesn't want them in our house, do I have to feed a hedgehog live bugs?

They are recommended, but they are not a necessity. Freeze-dried and frozen insects are also available, and you can get them in the reptile section of most pet stores. Never feed wild bugs, as they may have been exposed to pesticides. As long as your hedgehog has a staple diet of a mixture of cat foods, supplementing with bugs is not necessary (although most hedgehogs adore having bugs as treats).