I have to ask. I have had Marshall Ferrets over the past 14 years but never fed them raw meats. Can you do that for Marshall Ferrets? Or European ferrets only? Also what are the benefits over say Marshall dry food other than of course variety? Also I find with Marshall ferrets they are very prone to cancers and our generally live 3,5 and sometimes up to 8 years. By going to raw food does it extend their live spans any?
That post is very thorough and can answer a lot of questions you may be wondering about raw. All of my ferrets are Marshall ferrets and eat raw with no issue.
Marshall dry food has poor ingredient quality that isn't really ideal for ferrets. There is a new, updated kibble quality chart, I just do not have the link for that one. Hopefully someone else has it fancy and can provide it to you.
The kibble years. all of these ferrets had occasional sickness about 2 to 3 times a year, normally exhibited by dehydration.
My first ferret Calvin. Adopted him at age of 3, lived only about another year. was having seizures. He was fed special kitty cat food all of his life. Had bad teeth, no energy.
My second and third ferret. Hammie and bandit. adopted at 1.5 years and 2 years old. Were fed marshalls until we go them. Bandit passed at the age of 4 Hammie lived until the age of 6.
My 4th and 5th ferret Koufos and Cassia. I got them at 7 weeks old at the pet store. They at first were fed evo, orijin, welnesss core mix. then at 2 years old they were switched to wysong epigen 90. when wysong changed their formula. they would not eat it. I decided to transition them to raw at 4 years old. They are now going on their 6th year and since the change to raw, a little over a year ago, nobody had had any sickness or dehydration, they all are full of energy.
My 6th ferret Mogwai. purchased from pet store at 4 month old (fed marshalls at the store)was fed wysong epigen 90 for the next 4 months until we switched him to raw.
The raw years, still going strong, No illnesses no dehydration. Healthy consistent poops
My 7th and 8th ferrets Taz and Bleu purchased from the store at 7 months old, Came home to eating raw after being fed marshalls at the store.
My 9th and 10th ferret Al and Gypsy. 1.5 and 2 years old were fed evo ferret when we got them was immediately put on raw soup.
I will tell you this the money I saved from the vet visits since putting them on raw has more than paid for the raw food and then some. Every time one of them got sick it was at least $400 vet bill and always happened at the most in convenient times.
Now with 7 of them in my house. based on the rate of them getting sick, if I was still feeding kibble I would be taking one to the vet for illness every 3-4 months
Not to mention Almost all of my ferrets when eating kibble had bouts Of IBD and seedy poops. Has not happened once since they have been on raw