Post by lizzieblue43 on Jul 30, 2016 0:17:21 GMT -5
This is fantastic! Curious as a new baby will be coming to me soon that's already raw: what is the progression of this journey aligned to a ferret's development/age? Any help with that will be much appreciated!
lizzieblue43, there is no specific timeline, however, baby ferrets (kits) have not yet imprinted on their food and are usually VERY easy to switch. Many people will actually jump straight to feeding chunks. The most important part is to make sure they are getting a balanced diet with all the proper nutrition! (Including bone-in meats, heart, liver and other organs in the proper ratios.)
Post by lizzieblue43 on Aug 16, 2016 19:27:32 GMT -5
Celene, thank you! I will be following the menu provided here and I'm thinking my little guy will be ready for chunks. He's being fed raw and kibble by his breeder just in case there's a household where any of them may just be fed kibble.
Post by abbeytheferret6 on Feb 13, 2017 9:31:07 GMT -5
I have one ferret who was choking on the belly wrap of a rat. I am so thankful she was at my feet when eating. Her tail bushed out and it had formed a suction type plug in her throat. She was new at eating raw. Since then,however,I cut wraps that cover the stomach of animals in bits because it is tough.
You can cut long and narrow (like your little finger). Hearts, like chicken--- I cut in half, so they can get their mouths on it better. Sometimes I cut hearts width-wise, and it makes little rings. I love scissors when cutting meat becauseYou can cut meat thin. Others might give you ideas how they cut.
I just give large chunks so they have to chew pieces up to swallow. Ferrets, like other carnivores, don't chew. They scissor off pieces small enough to swallow. When you are just starting, you want to keep pieces small around and longer as they progress. Think meat 'spaghetti". You work up in thickness after length. Heart I give whole now. I used to cut them in half or quarters previously.
Ferrets: Contessa, Frankenfurter, Butterscotch. Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs