ChatterBank0 min ago
My female ferret i got as a baby about 5 years ago. i always fed her james wellbeloved ferret food untill about 1.5-2 years ago, when i went to a ferret rescue place and they told me that i should be giving them raw meat as it is better for them and thier teeth and coats, i also left with another ferret as they said she would prefer the company, but she infact hates him with a passion and still does. so i started giving them meat, she wasnt that impressed with it at first but she seemed to tollerate it. my male has always had a nice healthy looking coat summer and winter, yet my female only looks really nice with her full winter coat on. the only time i give them dry food is when i go away for a couple of days as my neighbours are to scared to feed them.
this christmas i went for a week and left them dry food (with a friend that lives further away topping it up half way through the week incase you think i just left them for a week) and now my female will not eat the meat i give her even the chicken which is her favorite of all the meats. i gave her some dry food today to see if maybe she was ill and not eating at all and she ate some. they have been eating the dry food for about 2 weeks as i didnt go meat shopping till a few days ago. this past year or so ive noticed she looked a bit more scrawny than she normally does, ive sperated her from the male because im sick of the smell when they fight and because she was more scrawnier she was able to get out of the cage and was trashing the house (and its not as cute as it sounds waking suddenly up to a ferret licking your face, aswell as the cat suddenly making all sorts of noises at the ferret joining her on my bed) in the last week or so she looks remarkbly better alot fuller shapewise,
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and im not sure whether this is down to seperating them and her getting more food (he takes most the food and hides it if i dont feed him first, i have a 2 story cage she was fed at the top him at the bottom) or because shes had 2 weeks of dry food and she prefers it, or because the cold spell has caused her to get into a full winter coat, she always looked healthier in her full wintercoat but this time she looks even better. both of them have nicer poos on dry food. ive read many websites on feeding ferrets and they all have differing opinions on dry food, raw meat pieces and whole carcasses (being a fews prefered choice). so not sure what to do. does anyone else keep ferrets (pets not workers) and what do they feel is better to feed them. one website said mice, rats and chicks are really good for them which would make me feel better about the whole carcass thing, as being vegitarian i dont like the thought of having to throw away half an animal thats been killed to eat.
i just wondered what i should do food wise, i always worry im not doing the right thing. also she loves potatoes and makes a beeline for mine when shes out of her cage, would it be bad to treat her with potato or the skins?
I have kept ferrets before and found them to be quite sensitive little things when it comes to changes in environment and diet.
Just as an aside, I used to feed mine on JW and give them a pinky or two every couple of days and they seemed to do well on it.