Kpaz's Switching Thread/Hurricanekatt Jan 9, 2012 23:58:48 GMT -5
Post by Heather on Jan 9, 2012 23:58:48 GMT -5
HF Forum Username: kpaz
1. Where did you first learn about natural diets for ferrets? I saw pictures of European owners feeding raw when researching online. My vet seemed a little wary of it when I brought it up, but after a lot of reading I don't understand why it is standard in the US to feed our animals kibble.
2. Please describe the type of diet you would like assistance in switching your ferret(s) to. Be sure to include if you are interested in feeding whole prey (live or frozen-thawed) and if you are wanting to FULLY switch to a natural diet or PARTIALLY. If you are unsure what kind of diet you want to put your ferrets on, please express that and we can help you find the best type of natural diet for your ferret.
I am a little unsure. I would like to feed some whole prey, but I am still researching prices and suppliers. Until then I will have to do frankenprey only. Eventually a mix of the two if it's possible. I am interested in switching them fully to a natural diet. I don't trust kibble.
3. Why are you interested in switching your ferrets to a natural diet? More than anything, I want to provide the healthiest diet and life for my ferrets. I hear them grind their teeth after eating, and I can tell that the kibble isn't cutting it. They mean the world to me, and I want them to be healthy and happy for as long as their little hearts are beating.
4. Do you understand that switching your ferret to a natural diet can be a lengthy, arduous process? Its not an overnight switch. It can be a commitment of several weeks or even months. Your HF Mentor will be more then happy to assist you in switching your ferret(s) to a natural diet, but you need to be equally as commit ed. If you aren't willing to tough out a potentially lengthy switching process, or if you have major life changes approaching (baby on the way, moving, starting school, getting married/divorced, etc) then it might be a better idea to wait on switching your ferret's diet until you have more time. Are you willing to make the commitment?
I am a university student, but I have do not live the stereotypical lifestyle of a college student. Expenses are paid via scholarships and my time is devoted to two things: studying and my ferrets. I will spend as much time as possible making this switch, it is a priority.
5. How many ferrets do you currently have? What are their names? Ages? Genders? Do they have any health problems? Are they overweight? Underweight? How long have you had each ferret for?
I have three ferrets.
My first is my chocolate male Goomba. He is 1 1/2 years old and makes 2 in June. I got him in August of 2010. He has allergies, but other than that he is healthy. He is the largest of the three and slightly pear shaped, but he is pretty strong. He was 3lbs last time he was weighed at the vet; I will weigh them all in grams when I get some batteries in my new scale .
My second ferret is a sable female Ellie. I got her right after Goomba, and they are the same age. She grinds her teeth, but the vet did not think it was ulcers. She is the most skittish, and I am going to bring her back to the vet in the next month to pester them some more about her teeth grinding. Other than that she is very active, playful, and healthy. She is the alpha. She is also the tiniest, but I don't think she's underweight. Last time she was weighed she was 2 lbs.
Finally, I adopted my third sable male Pippin in March of this year. He is about a year old, I got him when he was 5 months old, and he will make 2 in October. Pippin is healthy, he broke his foot about a month after I got him (He caught it on an FN ramp because the cover had slipped down. I no longer have ramps in it.), but he is playful now. Last time he was weighed he was 2.2lbs, but he's probably closer to Goomba's size now. His tail has lost some fur since the fall, I am keeping a close eye on him and will be taking him to the vet soon; hopefully it's just until he grows his winter coat in.
6. What diet do you currently feed your ferrets? (Please include all treats, supplements, etc)
I feed Blue Buffalo Wilderness Kitten and Zupreem Grain-free. They are given FerretLax once a week during shedding seasons or if I suspect they've chewed on something bad (I recently learned pumpkin is healthier for them than this but have yet to try it). I feed them Ferretone every once in a while as a treat and the Bandits chicken treats every once in a blue moon, but they haven't gotten those treats in a long time. Pippin will gnaw on insects if he comes across them
7. Have you ever tried to switch your ferrets to a natural diet in the past? If yes, what happened?
I have only tried to get them to try raw chicken, raw beef, boiled chicken, raw egg, and scrambled egg. They weren't interested.
8. What additional information about yourself or your ferrets would you like to share?
These are the first pets I've ever had. Someone bought Goomba as an impulse gift for me, thinking ferrets required minimal handling and though it could keep me company when I was going through a really bad bout of depression. She refused to take it back, so I began doing nothing but reading, researching, and changing my lifestyle to suit his needs. School started three weeks later, and I had a hectic schedule that semester, so my boyfriend bought Ellie to keep him company, a FN 142 cage, an air purifier, and the ferrets for dummies book. As for Pippin, his owners did not want to take care of him anymore, and when I met him his cage was caked with feces and full of chewed up rubber toys. I couldn't leave him there. When I brought him home his legs couldn't extend all the way; he was never allowed to play outside his cage and his muscles weren't strong at all. I bathed him and let him out to play, and it was like he didn't know what to do. I stretched his legs everyday and now he can stand on his hind legs like the other two. My ferrets are free roam now. I feel that it is of utmost importance that I do my best to make their lives good. It is a great responsibility, and the most limiting factor is finances, but I do my best to give them the best.
Oh, I ask a lot of questions. And I'm a big worrier when it comes to everything, which is another reason why I'm always asking questions.
9. How often during the week do you have access to a computer?
Pretty much all the time, many times a day.
10. Please post a picture of each of your ferrets (if possible).
Hi and welcome to the mentoring program. In a little while your mentor (Hurricanekatt) will introduce herself and you can get started on a new adventure in natural ferret care and diets. Please remember to post regularly (daily or as per arranged with your mentor) so that your mentor can assist you move along safely in this adventure, failure to do so could mean that you are dropped from the program. If you experience computer difficulties or are going to be away, please notify your mentor and most of all relax and have fun . Your mentor is here to help you on this journey.