I've seen a hedgehog milling about during the day. It is November, the temperature has recently gone below freezing at night, and the hedgehog looked pretty small, say the size of a large potato. These factors all add up to pretty bad news for a hedgehog, so I've decided to try and capture this little one and take it to a rescue centre, as it is pretty likely it won't survive on its own.
To encourage it to come back, I bought some cat food, which I left in a sheltered place near where I saw the 'hog, and in under an hour the food has disappeared. However there are at least half a dozen cats living in close proximity to my property so it's more than likely one of them has had it.
So I've had an idea: Give the hedgehog something that is nutritious for it, but that cats can't or won't eat. Some sources suggest that they will eat eggs, so I was wondering - will a hedgehog recognise a hen's egg as food and be able to break into it? I would imagine it extremely unlikely that a cat would eat raw egg if it came across it, and even if it would, is unlikely to know how to break an egg without being taught. So I surmise that this is a neat way of ensuring that the food I provide for this little hedgehog is only likely to be eaten by the hedgehog - assuming they know what to do with it.