After a few weeks of feeding raw, everything appears to be going well! Aside from a minor glitch when we tried beef (can anyone say poop explosion? looks like beef will be off the menu) my little weasel has been doing really well eating big hunks of bone in, hearts and liver, and straight up meat chunks. He gets 4 sources of protein: cornish game hen, chicken, pork, and turkey, and eats almost all of the bones, leaving only the biggest parts of the leg bones. He also gets squash baby food a few times a week and some olive oil.
I've been doing some research and am considering adding a bit of taurine to his squash/olive oil a few times a week just to ensure he gets and absorbs enough. As I understand, he will just eliminate the excess. I was also considering adding some nupro supplement. The ingredients are as follows:
Norwegian kelp...ok Flaxseed....can be but often produces itchies in carnivores. Some on board here have found it to be beneficial for their IBD kids. Yeast....not needed liver and bee pollen...ok garlic...absolutely not and considering how high up in the "food chain" I would be concerned. steamed bone meal and the rest ok So my primary concern would be the garlic, especially in it's concentrated form. Just my take on it. I don't supplement except with marine fish oil. My guys get a wide variety of proteins so supplementing is basically unecessary. JMO ciao
While I used Nupro joint formula quite successfully with my elderly staffie, I don't know I'd use it with ferrets, simply because of the garlic. It's highly toxic for cats and ferrets both.
Ferrets: Contessa Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle, Butterscotch, Frankenfurter. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs