Maybe its an American thing but why do you feed your ferrets raw???
People from many different countries feed raw. It is very common in the UK and Australia. People feed raw because it is an extremely healthy diet for a ferret.
My girlfriend wouldn't dream of it, they get cooked meat all the time if they have fresh stuff. Has no one ever heard on here that it could be life threatening for them to have raw??
No, it isn't. Ferrets are more likely to suffer from health problems if fed dry food. Insulinoma. Cooked meat is alright for a treat or to supplement a diet, but cooking does destroy nutrients and nothing can beat a whole prey diet.
They're not their wild cousins and ok, if you get them on it early on they may be fine eating it
I have switched older ferrets to raw and it has only improved their health.
but would you eat raw meat?? I didn't think so!
Sushi and steak tartar. :)
But that's irrelevant, as humans are not obligate carnivores. We have a significantly longer digestive tract and do not have the highly acidic stomach acid that allow carnivores to digest a high content of raw meat, organs, skin and bone.
Apples and oranges.
And you can't give me any of that rubbish that "oh well they're an animal who can eat raw meat" so are we, but is it healthy? No!
They are obligate carnivores
that can eat raw meat.
healthy for them.
Healthier to stick to their dry food and throw in some boiled meat like chicken or minced lamb, and boiled egg too. They won't be missing out, dry food gives them what they need and doesn't risk their lives.
Dry food is fine if it's a high quality product such as Innova Evo. But quite frankly, most dry foods are garbage. Full of preservatives, grain, filler and other undigestable matter.
I suggest you read up on Bob Church's findings regarding this. He found that kibble fed ferrets suffer the highest rate of Insulinoma, and naturally fed ferrets suffer the least.
Personally, when I switched my ferrets from kibble to raw I noticed an improvement in energy, health, odour, temperament and over all vitality. Their teeth are much cleaner also.