;D Aww I won't hate you regardless of what you choose.
As far as the commercial raw, what is wrong with the cat and dog stuff? What are the brands and ingredients? Most (if not all) cat stuff is appropriate for ferrets - their dietary needs are almost identical. In fact, cat stuff is going to be your best bet. Some dog stuff can be used too as long as it isn't too high in non-meat based ingredients.
I know RedCat is one I have come across here but I think it's not one of the best, I get Columbian something or other (so helpful, I know haha),
This is what is available nearby. I already ordered from Hare Today so I'd have it, but if these are an option as well, then that will save me some shipping cost! Either way I'll get whatever. The shipping wasn't too crazy, so if that's better than what's available there, I have zero problem doing that.
From that list: Stella and Cheweys is FANTASTIC food. I love it. The freeze dried cat food is amazing. You can feed the freeze dried dog food as well (just don't give it as often). The frozen cat food I would need to look into, but it should be just fine. The frozen dog food I *think* is too high in non-meat ingredients though if I remember correctly.
The Primal Formula dog food is a no. Primal Formula cat food *might* be okay, but it looks way too high in plant products to me. Personally I think I probably wouldn't feed it.
OK I ordered ground Venison, chicken, rabbit, and turkey (since it had to be 5 lbs). 2 lbs of chicken since you said it's the best to use starting out, and 1 lb of the rest. it all says bones and organs included.
When I use this, do I just put any amount in the blender with a little warm water?
That's what I got from Hare. I entered it as an edit to a post so you may not have seen it!
Right, I just noticed the couple of raws on there as well. I just got a notice that my Hare Today order won't ship until Monday. I can scoot to that place and get some of the Stella & Cheweys for the weekend if that will work.
Definitely get some Stella and Chewy's, it is great stuff! They will probably take to that a lot quicker too as it is more similar to kibble in texture. As for the commercial, yes you can just mix however much you want into the blender with whatever amount of water is needed to make the soup the consistency you desire. Let me know when you get the commercial raw and when you get the S&C!
Yes ma'am!! It will be easiest for me to get it on Saturday afternoon (the Stella and Chewey's - which I forgot I've been feeding my dog their treats for years now haha!). You're referring to the freeze dried cat food, correct? I will let you know when I get both that and the commercial raw! Did I choose decent meats to start with? I was kind of lost but just referred back to posts on here of what I saw most frequently.
Yup, Venison, rabbit, chicken, and turkey all sound fantastic! As for the S&C, yes get the freeze dried cat food, though the dog food can be fed too just not as frequently as it is higher in non-meat ingredients.
Technically it should be rehydrated with some warm water. My boys won't touch it if it is wet for some reason. So I feed it dry, but it is not a main part of their diet so that is okay. As a main part of their diet it needs to be rehydrated or you risk having some very dehydrated ferrets. I would make a soup out of it about the consistency of the kibble soup that they are eating. Esp because soup is going to be the starting point when the commercial raw comes in anyways, the more used to the texture they are the better. You can try offering some pieces dry to see what they think, but it would be best to blend them with a little warm water.
Ok I bought some and have mixed it in to soup. I added just a tad of their regular kibble too so it might smell familiar. I completely took away their other kibble. They are out right now playing and don't seem to be hungry so they've sniffed the soup but that's about it. I scruffed n stuffed some in to each of their mouths so they would taste it and they didnt act like it was toooo torturous. Like I said they sniff at it every now and then. I'm going to wait until its clear that they're hungry before I stuff any more. I'm going to see if they'll get desperate enough to eat it on their own. I have tomorrow off too and just a couple of appoinemts so I should be able to work with them more then too.