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221b-striderbutts:

We recently got my ferret EVO ferret food. He didn’t eat at first..okay. so I mixed his old (marshalls) food in there. Still wouldn’t go near it. This went on for two days until I got worried and gave in, giving him his old food. He ate that up like there was no tomorrow. I’m trying to feed him…

Try smashing the Marshalls into a powder (easy) and putting that powder into the bag of EVO. Mix dat shit up and let it sit for a long time, enough to make the EVO smell and taste like Marshalls. Might be worth a shot! If it comes to it, you can try force-feeding the new kibble with the ‘scruff and stuff’ method: scruff ferret, present new food, they bite it, and ideally chew it up and swallow it. Might want to moisten the food first. 

VERY IMPORTANT PLEASE SHARE WITH FERRET PARENTS YOU MAY KNOW:

5ferretfrenzy:

Sharing from Ferret Owners For Adults (facebook):

“Please don’t feed your ferret Zupreme Grain Free Kibble! Zupreme Grain Free is killing ferrets! I know most people on here already know why kibble is less than ideal. But if you are on here and wavering on the idea of switching to raw, I hope this gives you the little nudge you need to resolve your decision.

There is yet another member of our forums posting about a ferret that was blocked up with stones and needed emergency surgery, and sure enough this ferret was being fed Zupreme Grain Free. This is the 4th case I think I have heard of this happening on this kibble in the past several months just on this board alone. This has been a widely spread issue, and vets are starting to notice. Hopefully somebody with some influence can shame this company into doing something about their crap kibble.

The kibble causes stones to form due to the high content of a particular item -in this case, peas- which throw off the balance of the Ph levels in the urine. There’s a more scientific explanation, but that’s the gist of it. It can take as little as a month for a ferret to go from healthy to completely blocked up with stones and failing fast. Surgery is required to save the animal, and if there are too many stones or they get into the kidneys, they will likely die.

I am thinking that Zupreme may have changed something in their kibble formula recently with the grain free to cause all of these stone cases to crop up all of a sudden. They changed their normal formula without warning, this could have changed too.

Please spread the word if you can, however you can. We need to hit the company back where it hurts- their bottom line if it’s the only way to get change. The media talks about all of these bad Chinese contaminated pet products, but no one knows about the things like this in the pet food industry going on here. People need to know so they can make informed decisions and hopefully, so we can save some lives.

Also, if this does not convince you to go raw, that’s fine. But PLEASE change brands to a better kibble if you feed Zupreme, either type. It’s not a good brand to begin with, and now that it is potentially killing pets…. there are so many better grain free options.”

I always recommend Wysong Ferret Epigen 90. It’s the best kibble out there for ferrets. You can mix in other high quality foods too to add variety, get your ferrets used to eating different foods, and cut costs if one food is on sale or just costs less. Currently my other 2 foods in the mix are EVO and Nature’s Variety Instinct Chicken (cat food). I’m looking to phase out the EVO as it also contains peas. I look for sales on Orijen and other high quality grain free foods. This chart is helpful, but there are other foods that were not analyzed that may be near the top as well: http://moredooks.herobo.com/search.php?chart=ferret

Holy CRAP, I did not know this! Spreading the word! 

petspot:

their first raw meal! Koga liked it the best, she ate nearly the whole bowl! @crazyferretlady by _wolfy via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/UfqXWItqNA/

Love raw-fed babies! <3

petspot:

their first raw meal! Koga liked it the best, she ate nearly the whole bowl! @crazyferretlady by _wolfy via Instagram http://instagr.am/p/UfqXWItqNA/

Love raw-fed babies! <3

biskidlover:

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biskidlover:

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biskidlover:

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Always reblog ferrets eating raw. &lt;3

biskidlover:

ขวัญถุงหน้าตาน่ากลัวมาก😍 #ferret #pet #petstagram #cute #เฟอเรท #ferrets #ferretslittlemonster #ferretlover

Always reblog ferrets eating raw. <3

Here&#8217;s a $5 coupon for the raw food I feed my ferrets. It&#8217;s marketed to dogs and cats, but it&#8217;s 95% muscle meat, organs, and bones! So it&#8217;s awesome for the fuzzies. It expires on the 31st though, so I guess you have to be quick about it. ;) 

Here’s a $5 coupon for the raw food I feed my ferrets. It’s marketed to dogs and cats, but it’s 95% muscle meat, organs, and bones! So it’s awesome for the fuzzies. It expires on the 31st though, so I guess you have to be quick about it. ;) 

Regarding Food

[Submitted by equuslupus]

More Dooks Food Chart is generally considered to be an excellent way of determining whether or not the food you feed your ferret is good. [Ferretorium note: The site is down, so until it’s back up, see this and this.]

I currently feed a 50/50 mix of Innova Cat Food and BLUE Wilderness Kitten. It costs me $40 for 2 large bags and they have lasted for about 2 months now. I’ll probably buy more food in another 2-4 weeks. With 3 ferrets, it breaks down to $13 per ferret for the two bags.

Feeding higher quality foods means my ferrets eat less, their coats and digestive systems are better, teeth are cleaner, and they are much more active then when I was feeding Purina/Innova.