Congratulations :boing: You've graduated and you're ready to walk this path alone. You have the foundation to help you feed your fuzzes in a more natural and healthy manner. Please remember that your learning never stops, and dietary needs change from ferret to ferret and throughout each their lives. I would like you to be aware that though you now have the capability and the knowledge to create your little ones diets you are never alone and that your mentor (you need only pm) is always available to you. The list is also a very good resource and you should always be aware that it's available to answer any questions you may have either about diet or care. Keep a close eye on your little one's bone in meats. You have enough in your menu but make sure that they're continuing to eat their bone in meats. Ferrets are often a lazy chew and they will continue to remove their various bone in meats until they're not eating any bone in. Don't allow them to narrow your choices down until you're only feeding their favourite Don't let the little sods back you into a dietary corner Good luck, in a few days Sherry will lock down this thread and place it in the archives but be aware that you can always look through it as a reference tool but you just will not be able to post to it. Your mentor will be in to congratulate you shortly :thankyou: ciao
Post by boogerybooger on Jun 5, 2017 2:16:37 GMT -5
Thank you all SO much! I could not have done it without you! You are amazing, loving, extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, compassionate, unique, diligent, mentor and administrator people!!! This forum is a GOLD mine for ferrents and grandferrents (like me). Because of this whole process, I bonded even more deeply with this little Boogery Booger! He is such a heart-opener for me!! I am so grateful to and for each of you!
Post by boogerybooger on Jul 28, 2017 23:09:56 GMT -5
Thank you Tess and Katt. I'm quite in love with this Booger! I have an unrelated question: Should the heart meat given be all muscle? I sometimes get whole lamb hearts and the tough valves, arteries, etc are intact. Is that part valuable also?
You know that's a kind of tricky question. Some people feed it all, but some ferrets have had trouble with the large, thick/tough pieces of valves. In theory they should be able to pass it, but if we are cutting it to a size that they aren't forced to chew it to bits, but big enough to be an "object" in their GI tracts, then it can sometimes cause issues. I feed entire moose hearts without issues (I cut them up), but I can't say that the valves have ever seemed overly tough. But I believe cow hearts can have pretty tough valves. I'd say trust your gut - if it seems too tough, just leave it out. At the very least chop it into tiny bits OR leave it so big that it forces them to chew off reasonable sized pieces if they want to swallow it. I will say mine have never gone for pork skin, they just gnaw the meat off of it - and Koda LOVES to chew - so if you know how tough pork skin is, I would say that tends to be too tough. If the valves are anywhere near pork skin in toughness, better safe than sorry and I'd just cut around them.