The Pros and Cons of Each
In the future I hope to address more misconceptions about raw feeding. (There seem to be a lot out there!)
-widely fed and accepted
-easy to serve, just dump and pour
-less "gross" factor than raw
-Kibble is available in almost any store
-most ferrets (in the USA at least) have been raised on kibble so they are used to it
-quality kibbles can be hard to find locally
-limited availability of quality ferret kibble, may have to feed only cat kibble
(high end brands can be ferret suitable though!)
-possibility of recalls for salmonella contamination
-abrasive to tooth enamel
-does not clean teeth, so routine brushing is necessary
-long term feeding of carbs can lead to insulinoma
-Low quality kibble can cause increased odor
-considered the most "natural diet", it's what ferrets are designed to eat.
-When fed correctly, provides complete nutrition, no unnecessary fillers
-Actually works out to be cheaper than most/all kibbles.
-No need for teeth brushing
-Meat can be bought at every grocery store.
-the switching process can be stressful and difficult. Some ferrets are stubborn
-the switching process can be time consuming. (note that once you are confident in meal planning and your ferrets are eating well, daily feeding is much easier)
-If buying in bulk, extra freezer space may be necessary
-To those squeamish about meat, it does have a bit more "gross" factor.
-Freeze-dried/frozen commercial raw, and whole prey can be expensive
-Many vets do not endorse a raw diet
(perhaps due to the many myths associated with raw feeding)