Topic: Help Switching to a Meat Diet for Picky Ferrets?
June 16, 2019 / By Albina Question:
I've had my ferrets for almost two years now, one is a year and 11 months, the other is two years and one month old. I attempted to get them on a meat diet when I got them as kits(the older was three months when I got her, the youngster was one of Marshalls accidents and was only six weeks and two days when I got him, my older female thankfully taught him how to eat and be a ferret, which he visibly didn't know how to be!), but neither were used to it and it became a dangerous struggle and I gave in before I risked them starving, they were THAT stubborn about it! As kits I felt it was too dangerous to push the matter of getting them to eat chicken or beef once they started losing weight. As adults I'm hoping it'll be less dangerous to try again.
Anywho, I am hoping to give it a go again and succeed this time. Determined to more like. It would be so much healthier for them!
Currently I have them on Wysong Epigen 90, I switched from 8in1 to that diet, but as with all commercial ferret foods, it has the biggest flaw of fruit in it. It's my greatest anger with the commercial food world and ticks me off! I haven't been able to find a ferret food without fruits, veggies, grains or starches in it. It has done well for them, honestly, but I still hate the fact it has a lot of stuff they don't need that can cause insulinoma and adrenal among other issues later in life that I'd like to avoid, or at least try to avoid since even ferrets on proper foods are still at risk. Ferrets lack a cecum, and therefor cannot process fruits, grains or plant matter, and peas put them at risk for bladder blocks or I'd say Blue is good...it's really not.
So, any ideas on switching them over, or at least getting SOME proper meat into their diet with the kibble? How far is too far to push them if they wont eat it? I was thinking I would mix beef or chicken into their kibble daily and hope that gets them going on it, but I don't know, they may not eat it and get stubborn again for more time than is healthy.
They're older and were obviously not raised on proper ferret foods, they're Marshall Ferrets, so it's very difficult to get them what they need! Has anyone been able to switch older ferrets over? If so, how did you do it and how long did it take?
Also, Cooper is about three pounds and 7 ounces, Ren, my female who always had trouble gaining weight has now gained on Wysong and stayed at a healthy weight of two pounds and three ounces(yes, they're small as far as ferrets go, mainly due to being fixed at only a few weeks old, which is Marshall's flaw, one of the many, and also obviously the lack of a proper diet, so they're not those larger ferrets. It's also winter so they both have gained a bit since they were last weighed at the vet two months ago, I imagine they're both around half a pound heavier or close). They also have wonderful soft, sleek fur and the vet has deemed them perfect, however I would still like to get meat in their diet and less fruit and useless garbage! Help is very welcome.
What's the best kind of meat to give them, aside from chicks which I don't think we can even get around here, though I know they're wonderful for them. Is chicken, turkey and beef fine, or will I need another kind of meat as well, or other vitamins to add? They love Duk Soup, if that helps. I've been trying to get them to take beef or chicken on its own for a while, but they'll gag or hack and run away(they really don't want anything to do with meat to that point, little stinkers are stubborn and don't seem to understand they're carnivores! I obviously hope to fix that and keep my new knowledge for future fuzzbutts), very difficult about it, as I know they will be regardless, but I feel I have to try, I owe that to them and they deserve a chance to be on a proper diet, reject it though they will for a while.
Any recipes that are good for ferrets that many enjoy? Things I can cook, maybe ferret-friendly stews, bakes and the like for them? Stuff I can cook up without useless junk in them. :3
You guys who can't read and give human weigh loss advice on an OLD pet question are dolts. lol
If you're not going to read the description before answering, fine. But come on people, at least read the whole QUESTION. Height of laziness right there.
For those of you who can't read and keep giving random answers, perhaps a photo will work better!
Trey | 9 days ago
To get my ferrets to eat any raw foods I had to start by mixing (in a blender) the meats with their kibble and meat baby food (no garlic or onion). I then started to add small chunks of raw meat to the blend. Then I started reducing the amount of blended food until they were eating small chunks of meat by itself. Then I started increasing the size of the chunks. Once they were eating larger chunks I then started feeding them bone in meats. Until they are eating bone you need to add egg shell to the blend for calcium. This website has lots of info and a mentoring program to help you switch them over
And be patient. It took me around 8 months to fully switch my ferrets over to raw but it was worth it.
Chicks are actually not the best. Baby animals don't have the nutrients ferrets need. They are more for snacks. If you want to feed whole prey go with adults. As far as meats anything is fine. I feed my ferrets chicken, turkey, deer, beef and the occasional game hen, pork, fish, rabbit, duck etc. They also get/need heart, liver and kidney. Eggs are also ok to feed.
I love how people don't seem to READ anything but the first part of the question and see JUST "Help switching to meat diet"
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odds are you re eating too fast try holding a conversation while having a meal so you re not gulping down more than you need to feel full
a pedometer can help keep track of your steps if you re not getting 10 000 steps a day you re not moving enough