Sorry to dissapoint, this isn't me posting pictures, but rather a request for pictures.
One of the many frequent arguments I hear supporting raw or whole prey feeding is "it improves your ferret's coat or overall appearance". I'm someone who likes to see proof behind statements, and I haven't actually seen anything that demonstrates this yet. I was also wondering to what degree it improves their coats. I got to thinking maybe you guys could help Does anyone have before (kibble) and after (raw/prey) pictures of any of their ferrets that help demonstrate this statement? I'd love to see! My appologies for my random unstoppable curiousity
Yes, they do become supremely glossy and silky soft when eating an all natural diet! Even ferrets that seem to be "healthy" on kibble when switched to the natural diet it just brings out the absolute best their coat can get! You can feel it and smell it and see it. They don't need bathing as often - I do mine once or twice a YEAR! Except for one of my new adoptees who has hind end coordination issues from being poisoned in her previous home. She'll tip over and inevitably land in a fresh pile o poop.
the natural diet also changes their muscle tone- but that could also be a result of roaming free 24/7 - I tend to think that ferrets on the natural diet also get much more OUT time from the cage than those fed traditional kibble. There's more to the natural, than just diet - its a totally different approach to being a ferrant!
Here is Roman 2 months after being on a natural diet (July 08):
Here he is in his summer weight a year later:
the photo in the first pic of him snuffling around the potty pan is his most recent, taken just days ago - shows him with his winter weight and coat.
Last Edit: Nov 17, 2009 20:55:13 GMT -5 by josiesmom
I had my ferret's first vet visit since a full switch to raw, and my vet complimented their coat AND their smells! She asked if we bathed them, and we said no (only if they get filthy and can't be wiped). She was amazed and totally convinced that she should try to convert her own picky ferret (whom she claimed wouldn't do it...but I'm a believer).
My point is, I don't have pics or good ones (no good camera). BUT my own ferret vet said she's never seen such healthy looking ferrets that were gorgeous AND didn't smell at all! I didn't really think about the smelling part bc I live with them and wouldn't notice, but it's true! My babies lost their musky smell once eating raw.
Humans call me Vicki. Munchkin, Jasmine and JackJack all know me as Momma.
Graduated from the Holistic Ferret Mentor Program December 3rd, 2009!