I have had my male ferrets for almost a year now. I just adopted a new baby who
is a girl and they all get along so well. I love them to death and I want
the best for them. I was at a pet store today to buy them some more food
and shampoo just to have and a lady came up to me and asked me why I feed
my ferrets that food. She proceeded to tell me that she feeds her 8 ferrets'
feeder mice, raw chicken and beef. I asked her if this makes your ferret
aggressive and she said no. She said it is SOOO much better for them and
this is what I should do. She also said that the water bottles aren't good
for them either because of it could break their teeth. She suggested a bowl.
I am really confused on this matter. I want the best for my ferrets. Can
you help me on what to feed my ferrets?
Whilst feeding 'raw' is a good idea it is not totally
nutritionally balanced for ferrets. When in the wild,
the ferret would eat, feathers, fur, bones, organs,
along with the meat and therefore just meat on its
own would not be complete. Please read the articles
on DIET in the FERRET
SCHOOL and then make your own decision
as to what to feed your ferrets.
Using a water bottle is actually more
sanitary than a dish, as food and saliva fall into
the water contaminating it. If you decide to use a
water dish, make sure it can be locked onto the cage
and the ferrets are not able to tip up the dish and
end up without water at all.
In all 25 years of having ferrets I have never had
one break a tooth on the water bottle, or never heard
of such a thing! You can put both dish and bottle in
the cage if you like, just make sure you wash the dish
twice a day with soap and water.
You might want to examine the foods that
I have listed on the site, as they are NATURAL and
will work well with any raw diet you choose to feed.
Do consider adding FERRETZYME to
any food, to help with digestion.
I have four ferrets and I love them to death. However, I was wondering if feeding
them live mice would harm them since they have been brought up on commercial
food. I have a snake and I breed mice to feed her and I just wanted to know
if I could feed some of the mice to the ferret. Also, should I feed my ferrets
raw or cooked meat as treat or as a daily food?
In the wild 'live' animals would be prey for the
ferrets, however you will have to see if the 'wild'
instincts still exist and your ferrets will know what
to do! I personally could not feed mine live anything.
You will need to make sure the mice do not suffer if
the ferrets only think of them as playthings! Mice
as a whole diet would not be nutritionally balanced
so other foods would be necessary.
Please go to the FERRET
SCHOOL and read the articles on DIET
in ferrets to help with your choice
I have a one year old ferret...I'm still learning every day what's good and what's
not good for him...one thing that's been bothering me ever since I got my
ferret is ferret nutrition and diet.
Consulting with my vet and the pet store, I put him on Totally Ferret kibble,
and I give him homemade Duck Soup for a treat. He's extremely picky and not really
open to trying new things.
I've never thought about giving him raw meat, as I can't get my head around it
being good for them but bad for humans..can they eat raw chicken???....I understand
this way of my thinking needs to change,
and I'm working on it.
I ventured out for a hopper mouse (frozen) last week, and after thawing it and
warming it up a bit, he was thrilled. Only ate half of it, and I threw the other
half out because of the strange way I felt accepting it. I know however, that
if this is the best diet for him, I'll get over it.
I just have some silly questions for you though...how many mice a day would a
normal three pound year old ferret require? if he's given a mouse a day, then
will he still require kibble supplementation? I can't stand the thought of him
grabbing a mouse and disappearing behind my couch to eat it, I'd rather he eat
it in a closed environment - is that okay?? Is it necessary to watch a ferret
eat a mouse in case he swallows too much?? if he's eating mice, is that good
enough, or should he be given chicks as well (sorry - no can do a rat - no WAY
Any light you can shed on this would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much
for your time.
Totally Ferret is an excellent Kibble! However there is much controversy about
'raw diets' alone and the amount.
In some countries ferrets are fed only a raw diet but it would consist of the
whole animal and most likely a variety, plus most are kept outdoors which would
make cleanup a cinch.
You could continue with your regimen and it will provide your ferret with the
nourishment he needs, however I would not give 'pieces of raw meat' they will
not provide him with a well rounded diet, however whole mice will.
Have you read the article in my SCHOOL section
by Dr. Susan Brown on DIET,
she also recommends ARCHETYPE, which is a lot simpler/cleaner to feed than the
'real thing' and the ferret's love it. I am waiting for some articles by Dr.
Tom Willard the founder/creator of Totally Ferret, so I can put them on my website,
that way people can draw there own conclusions.
My ferrets get a mix of the foods I sell on my website, they are all natural
and I also cook whole chickens with neck, gizzards, hearts and liver for them.
I grind in a blender, with most of the smaller bones and then put through a sieve,
I add FERRETZYME to
replace the enzymes lost in cooking, all my ferrets get this twice a day and
live on average 9 1/2 years.
A perfect diet would be difficult to obtain as in the wild a ferret lives an
entirely different life style to that of a domestic ferret.