Hello, I have had my ferrets on raw for awhile thanks to this forum. I wanted to pop in and make sure that what I'm feeding them is recommended. Here's their schedule: Monday: Muscle meat, no bone (usually red meat such as beef) Tuesday: Bone in meat Wednesday: Organ (50% liver, 50% secretionary organ) Thursday: Bone in meat Friday: Heart Saturday and Sunday: Bone in meat I alternate protein types as well.
Edit: it looks like I might be feeding too much organ, what about this schedule?
Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: bone Monday: muscle meat Wednesday: 3/4 organ + 1/4 heart Friday: 1/2 bone + 1/2 heart
Post by naturalbirdslove on Aug 8, 2019 4:12:59 GMT -5
Peanut butter is a paste made from roasted peanuts. And It also has a high amount of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and fiber. And it is the ideal super-food for humans due to their high protein levels. Although peanut butter is suitable for us, the humans, it is not okay to feed this to our little pets. So now the question arises why can’t they eat it?
Post by abbeytheferret6 on Aug 8, 2019 6:27:27 GMT -5
You should feed an animal food that is specific to its species---what they would eat in the wild. Ferrets are obligate carnivores. Besides knowing what ferrets would eat in the wild, they lack a cecum, and here is a little info I found about the cecum.
Though most vertebrates’ digestive systems include a cecum, carnivores such as tigers and wolves have either a very small cecum, or it is nonexistent. Since these animals do not consume plant matter, the cecum is unnecessary. The cecum of herbivores is much larger than the cecum of omnivores.
It is true they will eat anything tasty if you start them out that way. Veggies and sugary products are high in carbs. This causes pancreatic cancer(insulinoma) in ferrets. If you call a company they will tell you the unreal amount of carb in kibbles. Many ferrets that eat kibbles will develop insulinoma. Not only that, the high content of vegetable matter(found in kibbles) can lead also to bladder stones in ferrets.