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Carol asks…

Ferret food question?

Well i have been looking around and 1 and 8 nad totally ferret seem to be the best brands and alot of people mix the food so would it work if i mixed the two brands together and fed both. Also how much should i feed 3 ferrets do i just keep unlimited supply of food? How long do you think 8 puonds of food would last 3 ferrets giving the amount that you suggest or they will eat free feeding. Thanks for your help. 🙂

vti answers:

8 in 1 isn’t the best. The best ferret foods have the first 3 ingredients listed as meat and as high a protein level as possible. 8 in 1 has ONE out of three listed as meat, or 2 out of 3 for the other formulation. This isn’t a good start its a poor quality food. Its also rich in carbs, this is VERY bad for ferrets and can cause health problems long term. Totally Ferret isn’t great either, in fact probably inferior to 8 in 1’s only one ingredient meat in the first 3.

There are only 3 foods worth feeding. Well 4, but the 4th is the raw meat and bones diet which is far superior to other diets but most people wont feed it because of inconvenience even though it can extend the life of your ferrets a considerable amount. Anyway, the three dried foods are:

Evo ferret: http://www.ferret.com/item/evo-dry-ferret-food-66-lbs/650912/ Evo Kitten is also suitable if evo ferret isn’t available in your area, they are almost the same nutritionally.

Pretty Pets Natural Gold: http://www.ferretdepot.com
/prettypetsnaturalgold_hipro_locarb_ingredientlist.shtml This food isn’t quite as good as only 2 of the first 3 ingredients are meat but its still superior to most other brands.

The final food is a cat or kitten food but is perfect for ferrets too: http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/products/catkittenIngredients.aspx Orijen cat and kitten.

Ferrets should eat about 46-60 grams of food a day each…but some do stash and spill quite a lot too so its hard to quantify how much they would use.

I am based in the UK and my ferrets get the meat and bones diet with some Orijen added but I know a lot about ferrets and if I was in the US, these are the best foods to feed. Don’t scrimp on ferret food the right one can make a huge difference to their health!

Linda asks…

why did my cat use to abuse her food supply?

see, heres the thing, when she used to have an unlimited food supply, she would start to eat SO much that she threw up. Now, i limit her food to a certian amount a day. Why did she use to abuse her food supply?

vti answers:

Just like human, it is called gluttony. And this is the number one reason why obesity in cats are on the rise. When given an unlimited supply of food 24/7, cat will eat to the point of throwing up (like yours) because they can. An indoor cat who receive little to no stimulation will turn to eating. When there is no environment enrichment, your cat will choose to be a couch potato and eat herself silly – what else can she do besides eating?

Also, there is a theory that because cats are hunters, they are hard wired to think that food supply are limited and when there is a huge amount of food present, they have to eat as much as they could because they do not know when the next meal is going to be.

You are wise to switch to meal feeding times. This will improve her health tremendously and discourage mindless eating. Also, try to look into the benefit of feeding just wet food. It is so much better and species appropriate. To help you out, here are some really good and well researched websites to get you started:-

http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=whycatsneedcannedfood
http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/canned_food.htm
http://cats.about.com/od/catfoo1/tp/tpcannedadult.htm
http://www.catinfo.org/
http://www.naturalmatters.net/article.asp?article=621&cat=11
http://www.traciehotchner.com/cb/QandA.htm

Maria asks…

Non commercial food for my rabbit?

I want to feed my rabbit human food because she pick out the stuff she like in her rabbit food and wasted most of it.

Can someone give me a list of foods I can give her?

Please answer the question if you feed your rabbit non commercial foods. Thanks

vti answers:

If you are using pellets that have, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, dried corn and or colored crunchy thing toss it out… Things that are attractive to our human eyes, but very unhealthy to a rabbit. This food is bad for rabbits because they do just that, they pick out the naughty foods and will not eat the pellet… Naughty foods can contribute to fatty liver disease, cecal dysbiosis, obesity, and otherwise cause health problems.

Some types of seeds have hulls that are indigestible to a rabbit, and can cause life-threatening intestinal, along with corn, Corn, fresh or dried, is NOT safe for rabbits.

Don’t feed your rabbit cookies, crackers, nuts, seeds, corn, candy, bread,oats, breakfast cereals (including oatmeal)

Hay, Perhaps the single most important item in the rabbit diet is grass HAY, and it should be fed in unlimited quantities to rabbits…

Depending on the age of your rabbit, he/she should be eating fresh moist greens daily. If your rabbit is not used to them you will have to start off giving him/her a little at a time.. Add one item at a time, in small amounts, and if you see no intestinal upset, add another.

Adult rabbits should have in there diets 2-4 cups of fresh greens ( veggies) daily.. Fresh, moist greens are about as important as hay in maintaining a healthy intestine. Give starchy vegetables (e.g., carrots) in moderation, and use bits of fruit only in very, very small quantities, as special treats. Too much sugar and starch can cause cecal dysbiosis, and all its associated problems.

Veggies List For Rabbits…..

Arugula
Carrot tops
Cucumber leaves
Endive
Ecarole
Frisee Lettuce
Kale (all types)
Red or green lettuce
Romaine lettuce
Spring greens
Turnip greens
Dandelion greens
Mint (any variety)
Basil (any variety)
Watercress
Wheatgrass
Raspberry leaves
Cilantro
Radicchio
Baby Bok Choy

Rotate the veggies, what you offer one day offer a different veggie the next day…

Thomas asks…

Can I sell home made fudge with out a food liesence?

vti answers:

Tom is not quite correct!! You cannot sell any food without a license, but they are for 30 days up to a year. They are NOT unlimited time in New Mexico. Check with your department of health, foods and drinks division. Our inspectors are quite severe on those not complying.

A bunch of us go to one of the school cafeterias or churches that have inspected and approved kitchens to make bake sale items, benefit dinners, consession stand foods, etc.

John asks…

KATEE forti diet pro health guinea pig food good or not for piggie under 5 month?

I am feeding my guinea pigs Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health with DHA Omega 3, long lasting vit C. is it good or not for guinea pig 5 month old? it has sun cured alfalfa meal, not sure is it as good as alfalfa hay? or are they the same?

vti answers:

A food is not like a hay. Your guinea pig will still need unlimited hay available at all times.

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