Okay, I'm ready to start supplementing raw. I definitely want to get them fully on raw one day, but right now I think this is the best option for me.
A few questions about supplementing....
How often do you feed them raw? Do you still give them bone? Do you still have to worry about a balanced diet? Is it possibly to supplement raw with just soupies? (obviously not if they still need bone)
Post by sherrylynne on Feb 21, 2010 13:47:59 GMT -5
When I had two foster ferrets, I was only allowed to supplement with raw. So, I switched every other day. Kibble one day, raw the next. I did soups for a while, and then gradually increased the meat ratio in it. Yes, I gave bone at least once a week for dental benefits. You don't need to have nearly as strict a ratio as straight raw, because they do get some of the nutrients from the kibble. You could also leave the kibble out for the night, like with a normal switch, and give them soup in the morning, and then put the kibble back in after they've eaten. And you can give soups, with bone weekly. If you're ferrets take to the soup, you shouldn't have a problem. Some, however, are stubborn enough to simply wait for the kibble they know will be coming!
Should I still be giving them a variety of meats? I have beef, pork, and multiple different organs stored in my freezer.... but the little brats won't touch it. I'm sure I could eventually get them to eat that stuff if I make it into a soup, but I'm worried that they will never take to bone.
**edit** I forgot to ask... is it a good idea to mix Evo red meat small bites dog food with the Evo cat food?
Last Edit: Feb 21, 2010 16:58:00 GMT -5 by kaiatbh
Post by sherrylynne on Feb 21, 2010 18:52:52 GMT -5
If you can coax them into a variety of meats, it will make it that much easier to switch them when you are in a position to do so . But if their main diet is kibble, then no, you don't absolutely have to. As for the kibbles, I'd go for a mix of about 3 different kinds/brands. That way, if the store doesn't get the shipment of, say, evo cat food, then you've still got something they'll be willing to eat.