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This post has really helped me. I have quite honestly been STRESSING trying to figure out what food would be best to feed the ferret I'm going to get in a month or so. How much do ferrets eat? Should their entire diet be kibble alone with a few treats? Does the Superior Choice or 8-in-1 make their feces smell worse than the other? My coworkers fed their ferrets I think it was Zupreem and they said it made their poop smell horribly.
 

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Feeding the 8 in 1 or Superior choice I didn't have any problems... a key thing to watch out for to avoid smelly poop is any food with fish in the ingredients. Fish & ferrets don't seem to get along ;)

All my ferrets eat is kibble. On occassion they get treats & sometimes we will give them a lil extra treat of banana or the like (baby food)- also you want to teach your little guy young to like Duck Soup- it could save his life one day ;)
 

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where do I even get duck soup and why could it save his life?...It's funny, I always say that my pets eat better than I do...
 

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When a ferret gets sick & stops eating duck soupl is highly recommended as it has tons of healthy ingredients for them & often it is the only thing they will eat at the time. There are tons of varieties of duck soup available- most of which are made from a variety of ingredients- this is the one I like though http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=25757
 

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Well, I got my ferrets (three to be exact... don't ask what happened to just getting one). I bought the marshall's duk soup and they all love it... I'll give it to them once a month or so, that way they'll keep on liking it. What's wrong with Sheppard & Greene food?.. Why isn't it mentioned on here? Is something wrong with it?
 

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lilchris_28 - uncle jim's isn't good on it's own. It's more of an additive type product. Your fuzzy couldn't stay adquately healthy by eating it on it's own.

Here is an article with a recipe that I wrote for my ferret forum.
Why you need duck soup:

When your ferret gets sick, is recovering from surgery, or just plain isn't feeling well your ferret may not want to eat kibble. Hence the need for duck soup! You want to get your ferrets used to duck soup while they are happy and healthy because most ferrets imprint on food at a very young age and will not accept new food sources, especially when they don't feel good.

Duck soup is also a good way to slip in some medications so they will take them more easily than syringe feeding. And since duck soup is so good for them it is the best daily treat you can give to them.

My duck soup recipe:
1 lb. of chicken thighs or leg quarters with skin
1/2 cup main kibble (the less kibble the better)
1 tablespoon ferritone
3 tablespoon Nupro (suppliment for digestion - can be made without it)
http://www.ferretstore.com/nu-100.html
1 tablespoon Uncle Jims Duck Soup Mix (suppliment for digestion - can be made without it)
http://www.ferretstore.com/9ozunjimordu.html

**Note: the most important part of duck soup is the chicken. So even if your recipe is only chicken and kibble it's still great! Mine is just more comprehensive.

Grind up kibble (add Nupro and Uncle Jims) in blender or food processor put in large bowl. Boil the chicken thighs or leg quarters for 20 minutes. Cut the meat and skin off the bone and put the small pieces and put into your blender or food processor in small sections (add about a 1/2 cup to a cup of cool water with each blending). Put all the blendings into a large bowl and stir. Add all other ingredients into the bowl.

Add water for soupy consistancy, so it's not clumpy. And it should have a creamy, smoothe consistancy. Pour into ice cube trays. Repeat until finished. Freeze one day in the ice cube trays and then transfer cubes into a freezer safe bag. Frozen duck soup cubes should be good in freezer up to 3 months.

One defrosted ice cube of soup is the perfect serving for one ferret.

Your ferret may not think you are good cook the first time you offer it to them, as I explained they imprint on food at a young age. If your ferret wont take duck soup directly out of the bowl here a few things you can try.

Try offering some on your finger. A lot of ferrets love to be hand-fed and this might work. If not, scruff your ferret and then dip your finger into the soup and gently rub it on his/her lips. Do this a few times (in one sitting is fine) until they will lick it from your finger willingly. The two main things that you need to remember are: be patient and persistent.

YOU NEED YOUR FERRET TO LIKE DUCK SOUP NO MATTER WHAT!!

This process could take up to 6 months but the importance of duck soup out weighs not giving it to them at all. Just keep on them. It took me 3 months for my picky Meko to take duck soup and lax after I adopted him. But now he goes crazy when I show him his duck soup dish or the tube of lax.

Duck soup is also a good stabilizer for insulinoma. Duck soup contains more proteins and less carbs for less sugar highs and lows. It won't prevent insulinoma but it aid in controling blood glucose fluxes.

If you have questions about duck soup - post them here. My 3 favorite ferrety subjects are duck soup, treats and food.
 

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I will try that....Thanks... I just bought the Uncle Jims b/c I was camping in Florida when I bought my ferrets and I wanted to have something just in case.
 

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Okay, more questions... It seems that most rank Superior Choice and 8-in-1 at the top of their lists... How can those be the better ones? At The Ferret Store website, they say in the description that the Superior Choice Natural has fruits and veggies in it. I thought that ferrets can't digest fruits and veggies and that they are unhealthy for them. I don't know if raisin juice and banana puree are considered "fruit" but 8-in-1 has those in it. Just curious?
 

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I've also heard that fruits and veggies don't agree with ferrets, but I give my ferret Premium 8-in-1 Fruit & Veggie Crunch as a snack, and she goes totally nuts for it. She seems to digest it rather well, so I'm supposing that when people say that ferrets can't digest fruits and veggies, I'm assuming that they're referring to the raw stuff? Also, I've heard that you can give ferrets a drop of yogurt as a treat in moderation (but my ferret snubs her nose at it). :D

Also, why don't ferrets like pellets? They seem to prefer shapes. When I first brought home my ferret, she wouldn't eat her food for a few days. (I've heard that they eventually will eat it if it's the only thing offered), but after a while I switched to Premium 8-in-1 & she loves it. Are they picky eaters or what? :eyebrow:
 

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Yeah, they can be finicky eaters. The 8-in-1 treats are really bad for ferrets. I threw mine away as soon as I found out. Now I give them Totally Ferret treats as well as N Bones, Cheweasels, Foamy Fries, and Superior Choice Chicken Treats from the ferretstore.com. Also, mine like chicken babyfood. I get the stage 2 baby food with only chicken in it and they tear it up.
 

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I know I'm coming in a bit late on this post, but I just joined here today. I feed Innova Feline and Innova Evo Feline to our ferrets. After a lot of research I decided on these because they are preservative free, more meat ingredients and higher protein content than most ferret foods. I brought all the info to my vet and asked his opinion. He choose Innova Evo over all others, including some top ferret foods. I think the best way to decide what to feed your ferrets is to do the research, read labels and ask your vet's advice. Then decide what works best for you and your ferrets.
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Hi all, I know I'm a bit later than everybody else in here. I'm pretty new to ferrets, just got a couple yesterday. I feed my cats Natural Balance, and that brand is supposed to be pretty good for cats, and I was wondering if it would be okay for ferrets to ingest? It won't be a staple of their diet, by far, I'll be feeding them their regular ferret diet. But as you know, ferrets get into anything and everything, so I am wondering if it would be bad for them at all?
 

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My vet swears by Totally Ferret but right now I am feeding something different (would have to look at the package to find out lol)
 

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In my experience some ferrets for some reason dont like the 8in1 ultimate but they love the 8in1 complete diet. While it doesnt have as much protien (35%) as the ultimate (46%), its still not that bad of a food. When scooping poop from ferrets on both diets, neither poop stunk and the ferrets did well on it. Much better then crappy iams kitten food. Way better then marshalls ferret food.
My experience with path valley food, was ok. The ferrets did well on it, the poo didnt stink that bad. The only thing is everytime i went in to scoop poop or get the food bowl or change the water id be bleeding profusely from the ferret attacks on my hands. Path valley ferrets are psychotic. Way healthier then marshalls ferrets but their attitudes were vicious.
 

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Ferret food is the hardest decision to make for our furbabiesI think it is a very personnel decision and something many of us fight over, but I would like to share mine..........I mix science diet kitten formula(not cat not enuogh protein)and zupreem. I uesd to to use eight in one but my store stopped carrying it(don't ya just hate when that happens)and my vet has called me up twice to rescue ferrets dropped off to him because of the health and care My ferret(s) have /get. But I really feel no one food has all it takes for ferrets health thats why I mix My own blend and I would never want to feed any cat food.....Kitten formula only!!!!!!!
 

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I live in Dublin and work in a petshop and the 3 ferret food brands we have are VITAKRAFT, SUPA and JAMESWELLBELOVED.
i have tried them all and by far JAMEWELLBELOVED is the best, they go nuts for it, i think its the shape of the kibble??!! Anyway it definately makes them smell less, unless im just immune to it!
 

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Ferrets are pretty much carnivores. I make my own food. I feed a meat protein like chicken (same stuff I would eat) or once in a while, canned salmon. I add a good meat based supplement and an essential fatty acid supplement. My ferret is in excellent health, has an excellent coat, great energy (sometimes too much LOL), good stool and gets a good varied diet full of quality meat protein.

I have added good ferret foods in the past but not for extended periods of time.

Does anyone else here make their own food for their ferret? I also have dogs and have fed them homemade diets as well.
 
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