I was always happy with my kibble choices: Wysong Ferret Epigen 90, Nature's Variety Instinct Duck, and Wellness Core. I was confident that they were some of the best kibbles out there, and my babies were fat and fluffy, so why should I worry.
But, reading more and more about raw diets, who can argue with the benefits it can provide? Full nutrition, less waste, better smell, and best of all, cheaper!
Thus began my quest to begin a raw diet. I began reading on various forums and Facebook pages, printing off soup recipes, diet menus, anything I could get my hands on.
Tonight marked the first night where I really cracked down and began the switch to raw. All of my ferrets have become familiar with raw soupie, and they've even sampled slivers of various meats. But due to my school and work schedule, attending to a full raw switch just wasn't feasible.
But now school's out for the summer, and I now have time to fully commit to switching.
So what was on the menu for tonight? Raw soupies! The ferrets are familiar with soupies, since they've had them in the past, but this was the first time they had enough for a full meal.
8oz raw chicken thigh
1 chicken liver
2 chicken hearts
1/4 tsp bone meal powder or ground eggshells (I use egg shells)
Puree in a blender or food processor until soupy. It helps to add about 1/4 cup water. If you freeze the chicken first, it chops up better instead of smearing and getting stingy.
I made a big batch of this, enough to last for a few meals at least.
Everyone dug right in, even Owen! He's my pickiest ferret; I had to teach him that Ferretone was delicious. But he LOVED this soupie. I guess those days of coaxing him to taste it paid off! (basically, I would dab bits of soup on his chin so he had to taste it)
Percy wasn't too pleased at the texture. I think he much prefers something he can chew, so he's definitely ready for slivers to be added to his soup.
Wesley of course didn't care, he was happy he was getting fed and gobbled up a ton! What a fatty!
If you have any questions about how to make soupie, or how to get your ferret to try soupie, feel free to contact me!
-Katie and the Weasels