I’ve recently picked up two ferrets, at different times. I brought back a young girl, Ivy, who had been raised strictly on “True North” ferret food and when I started introducing my current ferret, Rose’s diet (40%Wysong Epigen 90 Digestive Support, 30% Blue Buffalo “Wilderness” chicken and 30% Blue Buffalo duck) she preferred it over the True North so it was an incredibly simple transition.
I went back and adopted a boy as well out of her litter, Kingsley, so he was also raised on True North. They gave me a small bag of his food to make the transition. It’s been 10 days now and he still won’t touch my diet. The bag they gave me of his old diet is now empty. :/
All I can suggest is getting another, larger bag. Mix the old with the new in a sealed container. 25% new, 75% old. Shake together well. Let sit sealed 2 weeks and shake daily. At the end of that time, mix a few grains of the mix into his dish with old food. Every day top up his dish, and refill the jar with new and mix well.
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Ive called around like a mad man and googled but no where sells the true north brand he was eating. Even the place that gave me a sample is out and doesn’t know when they’ll be getting more. They sold me what they said was a similar brand but he won’t touch that either. They said the best they can do is sell me freeze dried pieces of chicken i put in his current kibble and hope it tricks him into thinking it’s true north. :/
Wow, what bad luck! I'm sorry you're going through that. Maybe you could try making kibble soup? They did this at my local ferret shelter: soak the kibble overnight (or at least a few hours, since you're short on time) at a ratio of about 1/3 kibble, 2/3rds water. Blend it in a blender. Warm it up slightly in the microwave (or stove if you don't have a microwave). If the ferret is OK with being held, hold them and feed them the soupie (otherwise just do it on the floor). You can even try putting some on your finger and try and get him to try that. Maybe dab some on his nose so he'll lick it off. I'd suggest meat soupie instead of kibble soupie, but it sounds like you're not at that point right now.
If you do want to try meat soupie, here's the recipe:
You could even skip the egg shell right now since you're just trying to get him to eat something.
It sounds like he's still young? Although maybe not that young since he seems imprinted on his food already? If there's any risk of insulinoma, it might become an emergency (seizures due to blood glucose crash). But if he's relatively young you should be OK. Although obviously he needs to start eating at some point. Good luck!!
The breeder is all out, they recommended similar brand that they’re using now so I tried but he won’t touch it. He was born in August so he’s still a baby.. I’m on my way rn to grabbing the freeze dried chicken so when I get home I’m going to look into the soupies you’ve recommended. Thank you so much for trying, I’m so worried for my little one
The butcher was closed by the time I got there so I will try again in the morning. He won’t touch the feeze dried pieces I bought. I’m making the kibble soupie so far and as it’s sitting I made Marshall’s “duk soup” as a last resort. My husband and I had to work together to pin him and try to force feed him a bit he only got about one bite down and it was stressing him too much so we stopped. He won’t eat ANYTHING that’s not True North. 😔 I feel hopeless.