Hehe all my friends and family know I'm the crazy ferret lady so your in good company lol! Fur and feathers help clean out the digest tract, in a sense they act in place of fiber to add bulk and clean them out.
Post by lycorisousa on Mar 20, 2018 22:37:11 GMT -5
Thank you! We have more mice on the way.
I have noticed that they aren't drinking as much, that's because of the moisture from the raw diet, correct.
Variety is important just in case a certain meat doesn't become available. That way there is other meat you can get them since ferrets imprint on their food and are less likely to eat a meat they have never had before.
Yes on the water, partially on variety. Another huge reason for variety is the nutrients each thing provides. Every animal has mostly the same nutrients but some have more than others of specific ones such as fish having more essential healthy fats than anything else. Feeding a variety ensures they are getting all the macro and micro nutrients they need. Have you thought about trying rats or Guinea pigs yet?
Awesome! When you do get them you will want to gut them and possibly skin the Guinea pigs, their hair is kinda long and can be a deterring factor for them. I had Guinea pigs as pets at one point myself and a rabbit and have had many types of mice actually to so I get the "it's a cute little pet" thing but my "they are good for my ferret" voice is stronger lol
Post by lycorisousa on Mar 22, 2018 6:30:12 GMT -5
I normally purchase from rodent pro so not sure what size rat and GP would be good for them. So far they are the cheapest place I found.
I would love to add more variety to their diets. The Asian market I go to sometimes carries kangaroo and croc. I managed to get the croc once and they enjoyed it. Ferrets are braver than I am. I want to see if I can ask them for the rabbit heads since they do it all there.
Nice! I order from rodent pro also the large size of both will actually feed four of mine one meal or more but those are also guaranteed to be adults so I stick with them. You could serve only half a one a day or whatever, it still counts as a complete meal it just takes longer for them to eat it. So depending on how it long it takes one rat may be 4 meals, and don't forget depending on room temp whole prey can last for 48 hours.
Yes if it takes 2 meal periods for them to eat an entire rat then it counts as 2 meals. I'm sure there will be a little trial and error to see just how long it takes them to eat what but you are doing awesome!
In the wild they would keep their stash of food where they deficate so that the smell of pee and poop would cover the smell of food. Seems to be an instinct that has not been bred out of them. Mine do it too. Drove me crazy and I worried about them eating the litter for the longest time but they actually figure out how to eat the food and leave the litter without any issue.