Ferret food in place of Dog food?

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Ferret food in place of Dog food?

Post by Fennic » Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:43 am

Totally hypothetical!

We've got ferrets, whom are fed raw, HOWEVER we adopted a boy recently who's still transitioning from kibble to raw. I was looking at the ingredients on his ferret kibble and wondered if it's possible rats could have this in place of a dog food substitute. Heres the ingredients:

Poultry Meat Meal (min 27.0%), Wheat, Fish Meal (15.0%), Maize, Poultry Oil, Maize Gluten Meal, Brewers Yeast, Sugar Beet, Linseed, Extract of Yucca Schidigera.

Crude Protein 36.0%
Crue Oils & Fats 19.0%
Crude Fibres 2.0%
Crude Ash 9.0%
Vitamin A 30,000 iu/kg
Vitamin D3 2,500 iu/kg
Vitamin E 215 iu/kg as alpha tocophero

The only 2 things that worry me in that is brewers yeast and extract of yucca schidgera. (Which i've never heard of)
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Re: Ferret food in place of Dog food?

Post by cyber ratty » Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:58 am

I don't know about the specific ingredients but it is very high in protein, so if it is okay, you'd need to use less of it than dog kibble. (The same would be true with cat kibble, as that's also high in protein.)

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Re: Ferret food in place of Dog food?

Post by Jemma » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:52 am

Id probably stick to dog kibble longer term but don't see any harm in using it short term. Mary is right though. That's just under double the protien content of a senior dog food so you would add roughly half Depending on the age of your rats. It would be good for a kitten mix and would be nice small bits.

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Re: Ferret food in place of Dog food?

Post by Fennic » Sat Mar 28, 2015 1:03 pm

Thank you both. Will stick with dog food as shes senior anyhow. :)
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