Post by Britknee247365 on Apr 19, 2020 15:15:31 GMT -5
So as I learn more about ferrets I am seeing so many things that we have been doing wrong, wince taking in a ferret that a friend could not care for.
Right now Bandito is on kibble. I need help getting him on an actual meat diet. Cost effective methods would be preferred, as we aren't exactly in any top salary brackets. I have watched some videos and read some things about a raw diet, but there is a ton of information out there. Where/what can I buy to make sure our ferret is healthy and getting everything he needs?
Post by caitmonster on Apr 19, 2020 15:24:46 GMT -5
Hey, we all started somewhere! And ferrets certainly aren't an "easy" pet, especially in terms of all the conflicting information out there. I fed kibble to my first ferret because that was all I knew about.
Feeding frankenprey really is the cheapest way to feed raw. The average cost varies by location--depends on your area's cost of living--so it's hard to give an estimate. But, since you're doing the work yourself, and not paying for pre-frozen or freeze-dried food, it really is the cheapest.
Post by PatienceTheVirtue on Apr 20, 2020 19:12:16 GMT -5
The resource given above are fantastic, and I agree Frankenprey is the most cost effective. Here's a personal example:
I feed 3oz per meal (1.5oz per ferret) for a total of 6oz a day. Using the frankenprey menu of at least 2 muscle meals a week, that's only 6oz a week, and a pound is 16oz. That's roughly 2.5 weeks of muscle meat and it's only like $3 near where I live for a pound of, say, ground pork (higher fat version). If you buy in bulk the cost will go down and you'll be set for even longer.
I feed more bone-in meals on the muscle meat optional days currently because my ferrets' stool is still soft from transitioning, but even if they increase to 3 muscle meals a week, 1 pound is more than a week's worth of food. Plus variety is important, so the pork would theoretically last up to a month since it would only be once a week and the other muscle meals would be beef and venison or whatever else. Super cost effective! They're very little so they don't eat too much, lol.
On average it would cost me around $40 a month to feed 1 ferret. Mine is a male and he eats around 4 oz of raw a day. Now it costs me a bit more because I lost my original mouse supplier and can't find one that's at a reasonable price and I don't want to mess up my ferret's diet because of it. I feed frankenprey and whole prey.