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I decided to switch my ferrets after reading on the holistic ferret forum for awhile and after my first ferret was diagnosed with insulinoma, a disease with a strong link to carbs in their diet.  HFF mentors people through switching their ferrets since they have to be convinced meat is food in most cases.  I originally switched a group of four, three have passed on over the years and I took in a new male about a year ago and switched him right off.  Mine eat a lot of whole prey, mice and quail mostly right now but also rabbit, rats, guinea pigs.  Plus just about anything else, chicken, turkey, grouse, duck, lamb, goat, pork, venison, beef. 

 

 

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My heart just exploded! They're adorable, I LOVE ferrets. I just showed my boyfriend, he didn't realize they can be PMR too.

 

They definitely look like they're enjoying themselves. What are they eating in the third pic?



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Guinea pig.  Whole prey is their absolute favorite.  Most people are really surprised they eat meat but once you get them to realize it's food mine went to town on just about anything, they don't really care for beef and red meats in general are less liked although they love goat and lamb. 


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I wish I knew about raw feeding when I had my ferrets, I love those little things, but unfortunately I can't have them anymore, my crew views them as prey,  PMR food....  LOL


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This is so cool!!! Ferrets are great little animals....we've thought about adding them to the farm....hmmmm
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Can't say I'm a big fan of ferrets but they are cute :) I love the way you hook it up so they can't stash it somewhere! :D


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Since mine aren't caged preventing stashing is important, they love it if you give them a shoebox or similar sized container they can go hide and eat in.  Stuff like mice always ends up in tunnels or boxes. 


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This is so cool!!! Ferrets are great little animals....we've thought about adding them to the farm....hmmmm

I've been working here and there on Shane. I was going to work in a salon last year, and the owner had two in the back in a huge cage. Dexter and Ash. They were adorable. I did not care for his tarantula, however. *shudder*



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We have one ferret, but I have never had any luck getting her to eat anything raw. Like a cat, you can't fast them, so I haven't ever really pushed the issue on her. I've offered it to her but all she has ever done is sniff but never eat it. You are so lucky you were able to get yours to go raw! 



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Does she eat any soft food?  It's a good idea to have a nutritious soft diet for ferrets in case they get ill anyways and that's how most get switched over to raw.  Hannibal my new guy didn't come with any kibble and I wasn't going to spend $25 on a bag of that crap so I used freeze dried raw I had (re-hydrated it) and hand fed him for a couple days until he ate it on his own and then added raw mush until he was eating chunks, only took about 2 weeks actually although a little longer before he'd eat any of the whole prey.  I was a little stressed about taking him in because he was obviously eating kibble and I don't have any in the house but it worked out really well. 

 

When I originally switched my group of 4 it took about a month, they already ate canned cat food as a treat so I just used that, usually takes 2-3 times of me grabbing them and putting some in their mouth before they realize it's not poison.  I'm glad my cat just willingly started eating raw though, seems like they can be the hardest to switch.  Picky fussy buggers. 



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Hey raw ferret peeps! I have a friend with three she just switched over, and she's curious what cuts of meat she can feed them. Obviously whole prey is fine, they have a snake they feed rats to every 3 weeks. Right now I think they're on a pre-made raw and I guess I'm wondering how she would introduce a more PMR style diet to them. 

 

Thanks! :)



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If they are eating a ground food already, just take any boneless meat she wants and throw it in a food processor to make it mush and add it to the mix a little at a time, once they've accepted that well slice the meat into tiny little fingernail sized pieces instead and same deal, mix it in and then just increase chunk size.  To get them on bone in use poultry bones, wing tips are usually well eaten, game hen or quail is perfect as most will eat it well and the bones are very soft but they can also be smashed up with a hammer first.  As far as what's suitable, most bird or rabbit bones are fine, unless they are larger animals, I'd often feed the legs/wings/breast to my cat and ferrets and the spine/head/back to my dogs in that case.  I also feed a lot of whole prey. 

 

Oh and be aware they won't eat as much on prey model raw, on a ground or soup they will just gorge because it's easy, they are lazy and I see a lot of pretty fat ground meat fed ferrets. 


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Thanks, I'll let her know. Apparently her large ferret has had drumsticks before with no problem, and this morning she gave them some beef heart that I donated to her. So I picked up some chicken hearts, pork heart and drummies for her this afternoon and she's going to try them on some of that. Her cats are LOVING raw, she transitioned her kitten (Phoebe, 9 weeks) and her older cat (Gypsy, 1yr) with no problem at all, they were chowing on beef heart this morning, too. :) I wish my cats were that easy! :P


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 My kitty is a Gypsy too!  She's a mean old bitch but she took right to raw surprisingly, cats seem like the hardest to switch in most cases. 


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Yeah, from what it sounds like, they're adjusting rather well. They were both chowing on chicken hearts yesterday and she was so excited hahaa


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Our last cat switched to homemade ground stuff amazingly quick .... This brat now doesn't think anything but kibble is food .... Although, the other night she took a few licks of my ice cream bowl.

Our old cat loved everything we ate .... Especially pineapple! Maybe the next cat will transition more readily. I have almost completely given up on this cat ever switching. She HATES wet food too. This cat is odd. lol

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I totally want to get ferrets, and I guarantee they will be raw beasts. If we get any more cats after my old, stubborn ladies go, they'll get raw as soon as we get them at 8 weeks. This will be a totally kibble free home!



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Glad I'm not the only one who has a cat that sucks and refuses to do what is good for her.

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Shane says it's typical that MY cat is that stubborn, LOL :P


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