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What should you feed your ferret? Nutrition as nature intended.
If I asked you what Nature would feed your ferret, mice and small creatures are probably the first thing you’d think of. And you’d be right. That’s because they all have one thing in common; they are made of basically meat and fat and almost no carbohydrates. The ferret food you choose should match Mother Nature’s nutrient profile for small creatures and should be at least 50% protein (from animal sources not plant proteins), a balanced fat level of 20% - 24%, and should contain no more than 7% digestible carbs. Young Again Ferret Food matches this exactly.
One of the most important pieces of information that
One very important piece of information regarding nutrition for an obligate carnivore
is Carbohydrate levels. This is a tough one as the government does not require this
on the label. Here is a quick and easy way to estimate the Carbohydrate levels in a
pet food. Take the following percentages shown on every pet food label for; Protein,
Fat, Fiber, Moisture and Ash; add them together and then subtract them from 100%.
(The Ash level is not required to be listed on the label; most foods contain 7-10% so
use 8% as an average.) The remaining number is a quick snapshot to estimate the
amount of carbs in your pet’s food. Keep in mind that a Juvenile mouse naturally
contains only 3-4% Carbs. You will be shocked to discover the amounts that are
generally found in most ferret foods. Young Again ferret food contains less than 7%.
So why all the carbs when they’re completely contrary to what your ferret needs?
Simple. Carbs, including corn, rice, peas and potato are cheap and meat protein is expensive. Unfortunately, most diets on the market today for ferrets have 20% - 50% carb content and only 28% - 34% protein. Some use high levels of plant proteins to replace meat protein in their formulations: Plant proteins are never the best choice when you are feeding a meat eater like your ferret and they would never choose them over meat in the wild.
Why your ferret gains weight when you feed diets that contain more than 7% carbs…
Animal protein digests at the same rate that your ferret can use it to meet their energy needs. Carbs on the other hand will digest much faster than animal protein, sending more energy/glucose into the blood stream than your ferret can immediately use and the excess energy is converted and stored as body fat. Your ferret then becomes hungry and instead of using the stored body fat for energy they eat more food: this cycle repeats it self again and again until your ferret is suddenly considered overweight or develops pancreatitis or diabetes.
When your ferret’s diet is made from meat and fat and does not contain more than 7% carbs, your ferret will be eating as nature intended.
The best ferret food is also a great value.
Young Again Ferret Food is digested so completely, you’ll see less waste in the litter box so you save on litter costs and
clean up time. Additionally, a healthy diet will lead to a healthier ferret so you’ll incur fewer medical expenses as your ferret ages.
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