Post by saphirasnewmom on Jan 10, 2012 20:59:05 GMT -5
hi my name is samantha and i am a new ferret mommy. this is my first ferret and she was a rescue. a friend of mine rescued her but could not keep her and now i have her. i love her completly. i know it may seem cliche but she was the missing piece. i am new to being a ferret owner. i was wondering if any one can give me any tid bits. i have done tons of research but there is a lot of conflicting information especially where food and nutrition is concerned. i just want to give her the best life possible. she is only 1.5 years old also looking to see if any one needs a play date ferret. she could be a good candidate. i bring her to work with me ( i work with at risk kids and they just love her) they tell her tons of thing that they will never tell me. i wish they would but it is her gift. well this is my first post never done this before either thankyou for your time and patience
Post by Debbie Saunders on Jan 20, 2012 2:31:32 GMT -5
Hi & welcome! A new ferret is a wonderful adventure. Yes, there is a lot of misinformation out there as well as some really good stuff. The absolute best advice I can give you is to buy a copy of "Ferrets for Dummies" and find a good ferret knowledgeable Veterinarian.
As for food; ferrets are obligate carnivores and require a meat based protein diet. No fruit, no veggies, no grains. Meat. There are some really good ferret kibbles on the market but also some bags of crap. Stay away from the kind you find in the grocery stores & places like Walmart or Kmart. Hartz Fiesta is the worst! Marshalls is not any better. Look for Totally Ferret Active/show ferret kibble, Innova Evo ferret or cat/kitten formulas, Natural Gold ferret kibble, and Zupreem ferret kibble.
Are you in the Roanoke area? If so, I have a little shop at Happy's flea market called Weasel Wares and I sell the best ferret kibbles on the market at very decent prices. I don't mark them up like PetCo, Petsmart, or Pet Land does. My whole goal with the shop is to offer high quality ferret supplies at respectable prices for ferret owners.
Ferrets are truly the "missing piece"! I refer to them as my fuzzy Prozac. It's really cool that you can use them as "service animals" of a sort in your profession. Yep, they are really good secret keepers!