I just skimmed over the topic so im sorry if this is already answered, but I was wondering if meat should be cooked before fed to ferrets to kill any negative bacteria, I didn't see anything about cooking while researching. If I did cook it, would I boil it? I'm so sorry once again if this is already answered, and thanks in advanced.
So here's the problem with cooked foods for ferrets.. they have next to no nutritional value left after cooking. The way I look at it, it'll be like eating a chunk of cardboard. So avoid cooking at all costs.
Ferrets are obligate carnivores, their systems are designed to handle bacteria. In the wild, they'd be dragging their meal through Lord only knows what and probably stashing it near poop to hide the smell from other predators. They can handle the bacteria. Also, the big concerns people always freak out about when it comes to raw, like Salmonella and E.Coli require a much longer incubation time than a ferret's digestive system allows for, eg. Salmonella needs 6-72hrs and a ferret's digestive system is 3-4hrs. Ferrets are also intelligent, they will not eat any meat that they feel has gone truly bad (so even if the meat smells a wee bit off to you, offer it to them first before tossing it out, because it may still be fine for them).