I noticed the treat feed discourages coconut oil, I have previously read to use it for hairballs and had success with it. I havent given much but it's the only thing that gets his attention and as such have used his weekly dose to teach him to come when called. So my questions, is that ok? What else is good for hairballs? what else gets a raw fed ferret excited enough for training If he doesn't care about freeze dried meat and more of his normal food doesn't get his attention?
Post by abbeytheferret6 on Dec 30, 2019 5:09:13 GMT -5
The forum says an egg a week and then up to two if shedding. But be prepared for some funky stools. You can give 2-4 quail eggs instead if you have access to them and add combing to your regime.
Crazylady suggest this
Hi Abby has given you some good tips another thing you can do for her is scratch the itch! lol by this I mean comb her with a flea comb ( this collects shedding hairs ) then use a medium hard brush and give her a good brushing this will ease the skin and help her to have even distribution of oil along the hair shafts then finally using a dry chamois leather ( they type used to clean windows or cars ) cup it in your hand and run this all over her body going with the fur this collects any dust or tiny stray hairs it also produces a nice soft coat after a few weeks hope this helps
p.s and because you are doing the daily grooming she does not have too result NO hairballs ! lol
Post by caitmonster on Dec 30, 2019 9:05:59 GMT -5
Fish oil is a healthy treat with lots of good fats. Pure salmon oil (no preservatives) is a commonly used one, but you can use other fish oils too. Just limit it to no more than a few drops per day. The total amount per week should be 1/2 to 1 teaspoon; too much oil makes for diarrhea. The way I do is to fill a half teaspoon measuring spoon and then pour that into a tiny eyedropper, that way I can portion it out without worrying about going over.
You may have to "convince" them that it's something yummy--mine didn't take to it right away so I put some on their food here and there until they started showing interest in it.
Coconut oil is typically not recommended since it is plant-based. Hairballs are best prevented with eggs, since ferrets don't cough them up, and instead need something that can go through their digestive system and pass them. The proteins in egg bind with the hair and help move them out.