· Ferrets are obligate carnivores. That means that their bodies are designed to eat muscle, bone, organ and fur/feathers. It also means that they are physically unable to process or digest anything else such as fruits, veggies, grains etc.
· If you look at a ferret’s teeth, you’ll see they’re not flat. Flat teeth are designed for chewing and grinding, like ours are or cows are. Ferret teeth are pointy on top and come together in a scissor-like way and are designed to crush and tear, not grind.
Benefits of Raw
· The number one benefit of raw is that they are much healthier. Their fur is softer and fuller, and they smell a ton better. Grape Tail is a real thing.
· They poop less and it smells much less. This is because they are actually absorbing and using everything they eat, instead of eating a bunch of veggies and grains that are used as fillers/binders in kibble that they can’t digest and it just passes through them.
· They have more energy.
· They aren’t chronically dehydrated like kibble fed ferrets
· Raw food stabilizes blood sugars much better and helps control insulinoma
· Healthier ferrets means less vet bills.
· If they eat bone in, or chew bone in treats (wings, feet, necks etc) on a regular basis, there’s no need for them to ever have a dental cleaning done. Crushing raw bone is the same as brushing their teeth. If they eat grinds, it does help their teeth, but it does not have the same cleaning effect as frankenprey or whole prey. Ferrets that eat grinds and don’t like bone in treats should have their teeth brushed once per week, just like kibble fed ferrets should.
My vet says it’s bad for them.
· Unfortunately, nutrition classes in vet school are sponsored by the kibble companies. Kibble companies have a vested interest in keeping every pet on their food. Vets are taught that kibble will satisfy the basic nutritional requirements, and it will, but there’s a difference between surviving and thriving, isn’t there? Sometimes, your vet isn’t actually against raw feeding, they’re against UNBALANCED raw feeding and therefore tell their clients not to feed raw. Unbalanced raw IS worse for them than kibble.
My ferret won’t eat meat, I gave him some chicken and he didn’t want anything to do with it.
· He didn’t know it was food. If I gave you a plate of crickets, would you eat them? No, but they are edible. Ferrets imprint on their food by about 4-6 months of age, that’s why it’s a transition process. It doesn’t happen overnight. EVERY ferret can be transitioned. You just have to introduce it correctly and out stubborn them. You wouldn’t let a 2-year-old skin kid only eat ice cream every day, would you?
Raw diets are too complicated.
· They can seem complicated at first, but once you’re doing it and breaking it down day by day, it’s really not. Grinds and whole prey are the easiest way to feed raw because each meal is already balanced. The hardest part of feeding grinds or whole prey is remembering to pull the food out of the freezer in time for it to thaw.
From balanced raw grinds, to transition soupies, to our Dook Soup to help support sick/elderly ferrets and bone in treats to keep teefies clean