Post by peacexlovexpets on Feb 10, 2019 13:26:34 GMT -5
Usual ferret diet calculations are 5-7% of their body weight. You have to keep in mind that on a raw diet, there is a lot more water to fill them up (as meat products are about 75%+ water), so they may need more frequent feedings to meet their needs, as a chunk of meat might make them feel full, but the ate mostly water and they won't feel full as long.
Veterinary Medicine Class of 2022 Animal Scientist Graduate of 2018 Mother of 1 dog, 4 ferrets, and 1 fish
Post by caitmonster on Feb 10, 2019 13:56:45 GMT -5
Depends on age, sex, activity level... females generally eat 1-2 oz a day, sometimes up to 4, males twice that, kits twice as much again. Rocket as a 2 mo old kit ate at least 12 oz a day when I first got him, for about a week (he had been on a mix of kibble and raw prior). I had to have food down constantly to make sure he was getting enough. Now he's slowed down to about 6-8 oz a day, and voluntarily eats once in the morning and then once more at night--any dinner leftovers go in his cage with him.
The general rule is to stuff them until they start stashing, then you know they're full.
I feed them mainly a ground diet with the crunchy teeth cleaning stuff at night. If I let them eat all they want in once sitting of the ground meat they would be gorging themselves. They were eating 2.4-3oz per meal and that’s way too much. I’m very cautious because I had one die from bloat from over eating. So I split their breakfast into two meals.
Sherri Ferrant to Sidney, Shady, Kirby, Loki, Rosco, Billie, Jackson, Clyde, Olive, and Annie.