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Ferret Food
by Pispiza etopta sapa (wolff_slaven)
at January 13th, 2012 (05:39 pm)
curious

current mood: curious

I'm not interested in getting in any arguments about pet food (been there done that over years of being in the veterinary field) but I would like to know owner's opinions on 2-3 of the highest quality ferret foods (kibble only.) Not interested in RAW diet so no need to mention that.

I am thinking Totally Ferret or Ferret EVO as those seem to be the top choices - yet I have seen bad press about them as well.

Reason is I want to switch to a higher quality ferret food in the next few months or so. I have been using the same ferret kibble for 13 years but would like to change. Again I'm not looking to get into a war about pet foods and am a bit hesitatnt to even ask any pet food questions online because it always seems to lead to a pet food war :)

Any info is appreciated thanks!

Comments

Posted by: femalecheetah (femalecheetah)
Posted at: January 14th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)

IMO the EVO causes a lot of ferrets to have really smelly poos and diarrhea. I know that most people that do use the EVO mix it with other kibbles but straight EVO I have just heard too many people having issues with it. I use the wellness CORE only and have had no problems what so ever with diarrhea or really smelly poos. I haven't tried totally ferret but I have heard lots of good things about it :D

Posted by: Inanna Liban (inannaliban)
Posted at: January 14th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)

My ferrets eat straight Evo. I could care less about smelly poo. My concern is healthy ferrets, which I have. I have one ferret that has not had any IBS since going on straight Evo. Prior too that he had problems every couple months

Posted by: darkstar06 (darkstar06)
Posted at: January 14th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)

i liked Evo, my ferret's pooped less!

Posted by: Hannah (justinluv)
Posted at: January 14th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)

I bought and fed ferret EVO for a year because it was the best, and darn it, I wanted my ferrets to have the best.

What I didn't take into account is that there is no one BEST food, because each animal is an individual. Two of my ferrets just didn't handle the EVO well. They had constant bowel issues.

Since I didn't want to split up my happy group, I switched to Felidae. Haven't budged since. They have done awesome on it. I also really like the shape of the Felidae kibble. It's easy for them to crunch and I've never had it get stuck in their mouth.

A similiar thing happened to my dogs when I fed them Wolf King. It was just too rich for one of my dogs, even though the other did fine on it. Now both dogs eat Canidae and they do well, no diarrhea or issues.

Posted by: Parrotcrazy (parrotcrazy)
Posted at: January 20th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Hercules

I wish we had Felidae around here. I would love to try it. I used that locater thingy and there isn't anything anywhere near here. And I have to order my Totally Ferret online now because the only store that carried it around here quit. So frustrating!

Posted by: Hannah (justinluv)
Posted at: January 21st, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)

Oh my gosh, how do you do it? I mean, with one or two ferrets it doesn't really matter, ordering food online, but you have six like me, right? (or do you only have five?) That must be spendy!

Posted by: Parrotcrazy (parrotcrazy)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
Hercules

Yes it is pricey! I spend way too much because to get either the free shipping or the 5.99 shipping I have to spend I think it's 69.99. I usually always do that because I can't stand to pay all that money for shipping!

Posted by: Parrotcrazy (parrotcrazy)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Hercules

Oh and I only have the 5. I passed on getting that little girl I had told you about which is probably why you were thinking I had 6 probably thinking of her. It's only a matter of time though LOL. It's all I can do to not go on Craigs List everyday.

Posted by: Glorified Malcontent (pac)
Posted at: January 14th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
[pets] jojo

we're on 8in1 ultimate (NOT ultra) because it's one of the higher rated ferret foods they actually sell at my local pet store. ferret loves it and she is quite healthy :)

Posted by: ferretwoman (ferretwoman)
Posted at: January 14th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)

My mix always includes EVO, 8-in-1 Ultimate, and Zupreem. Sometimes they get one of the other popular ones mixed in too, but at least those 3 are always in it. But it's not always Ferret EVO. If I'm ordering online, I get Ferret EVO. If I'm getting it locally, it's cat EVO since that's all that's available. Everyone seems to do fine on that.

Posted by: Weaselmom (weaselmom)
Posted at: January 14th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC)

We have always fed Totally Ferret and I have been very happy with it. We rarely ever have digestive issues, and their waste is practically scentless, healthy looking, etc. Only problem is that our pet stores don't carry it anymore and we have to mail-order. What a hassle.

Posted by: Parrotcrazy (parrotcrazy)
Posted at: January 20th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Hercules

That happened here too! I wonder what the deal is? I have to order it at ferret.com now.

Posted by: Weaselmom (weaselmom)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)

I couldn't get an answer out of anybody at the Big Two as to what happened. Was it a distributor issue? Did other manufacturers offer a better deal to the retailers (like shelf wars at grocery stores)? It's a mystery. At least I buy enough to qualify for cheap shipping at Drs Foster & Smith, and their N-Bones are a great price.

How we first found about the change was we were out of TF and dropped by Petco one evening. They didn't have any. Went down the street to Petsmart and they were out. The really nice employee started calling around. She called every store in three counties until she found one that still had some and reserved both bags, and we drove like maniacs before they closed.

Posted by: Parrotcrazy (parrotcrazy)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Hercules

Yeah my Petsmart here kept telling me it was "on order". They would keep telling me it will be in next week yada yada. Well finally got a manager on the phone after waiting like 3 weeks who finally told me they weren't getting it anymore but couldn't tell me why. GEESH!

So anyway, you should really look into ordering from ferret.com. That is where I order and I was going to order from Foster and Smith one time because they had a bed I wanted and I about fell out when I saw the price they had for the food. I buy the 15lb bag and at ferret.com it's 39.99. At Foster and Smith it's 60 something. Ferret.com always has a deal that if you order 69.99 or more you get 5.99 shipping. They sometimes run free shipping or 99 cents shipping too on that price. You should check it out. :)

Posted by: kinikinik (devious_angel3)
Posted at: January 14th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)

We feed a mix of cat EVO (it is exactly the same thing as ferret evo, but cheaper) and cat CORE. We do a mix of 3/4 EVO to 1/4 CORE. We keep it like this because CORE is significantly more expensive plus it has fish in the ingredients, and fish seems to make my group smelly. Yes my ferrets do have smelly poop, but I will take smelly poop over a smelly ferret any day, cause I can clean the litter pan once a day. Other than that my ferrets have great looking teeth and beautiful coats.

With whatever food you choose it is important to just check the packages for several things. You want the kibble to have no grains, the fist 3 ingredients to be meat with more meat products listed throughout the list, and low use of fruits and veggies.

Posted by: Silence. (derangedlioness)
Posted at: January 14th, 2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
Scar stare

I have limited experience with ferret foods, so I'm not sure I can offer much...but my girl is doing very well on a mix of 8-in-1 Ultimate Crunchy, Drs Foster & Smith, and Zupreem Premium.
I have read that Wysong and EVO are pretty much the best nutrition-wise that you can give. I have yet to mix either of these with what I'm feeding now, but I plan to once this batch of food runs low.
I use this website to compare foods: http://moredooks.herobo.com/search.php?chart=ferret

Posted by: Mad Dog (maddogairpirate)
Posted at: January 15th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)

My boys have lived on Zupreem, I recall it's a '10' on that old nutrition chart for ferrets, wish I still had a copy.

Posted by: ferretwoman (ferretwoman)
Posted at: January 15th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)

Way outdated food chart: http://www.mdferretpaws.org/care/food_treats.html

The Ferret Store brand is now Dr Foster and Smith brand. And as I understand it from my shelter owner friends - they are having a problem getting or keeping it in stock at this moment.