Ferrets

Ferrets are the domesticated form of the polecat, which comes from the weasel family. They are obligate carnivores, which means that meat is the primary source of nutrition in the diet. Their all-meat diet is naturally high in fat and protein with very little carbohydrate and fibre. Ferrets fed on home-made diets are often prone to nutritional deficiency, so may benefit from fatty acid, vitamin, mineral or taurine supplementation. Wombaroo Small Carnivore Food can be mixed in with wet food to help balance out nutritional deficiencies. Carni-vite can be mixed in with raw meat to make a balanced diet.
Young ferrets are fed a milk that is also high in protein and fat, which is nutritionally similar to Dog Milk. For this reason we recommend to feed orphaned ferrets on Wombaroo Dog Milk Replacer. This product also contains elevated levels of taurine which is an essential nutrient that is required by developing ferret kits. See under resources for more information on hand rearing ferrets.


  • Small Carnivore Food

    Small Carnivore Food is a nutritionally-balanced live food substitute for carnivorous marsupials, rodents and other small mammals which include insects as a part of their diet. 

    Key Features

    • High protein food to supplement the insect component in the diet of small carnivorous mammals.
    • Fortified with essential amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins & minerals.
    • Contains taurine, an essential nutrient for carnivores.

     

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    Ingredients

    Whey protein, soy protein, meat meal, fish meal, blood meal, mannan oligosaccharides, β-glucans, lysine, methionine, vegetable oils, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (including EPA, DHA & Arachadonic Acid), carotenoids, taurine, vitamins A, B1,B2,B6, B12,C,D3,E,K, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, choline, inositol, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium.

    Analysis

    Protein 38%
    Fat 12%
    Ash 10%
    Moisture 7%
    Fibre (max) 5%
    Taurine 400mg/kg
    Metabolisable Energy (ME) 16 MJ/kg

    Pack Sizes

     250g, 1kg & 5kg.

    Preparing Small Carnivore Food

    Mix 3 parts powder (15g) to 2 parts water (10ml).

    Slowly add the water, while mixing to form a moist crumbly food. Do not make into a paste. Store prepared food refrigerated for 1 day or frozen for 1 week.

    Dunnarts, Antechinus, Kowari & Quolls

    Small Carnivore Food can represent upto 80% of the total diet. Supplement with crickets, moths, grasshoppers, spiders and day old mice or chicks.

    Gliders, Pigmy Possums & Bandicoots

    Small Carnivore Food can represent upto 20% of the total diet. Also feed Wombaroo High Protein Supplement dispersed over fruit.

    Hopping mice, Rats & Mice

    Small Carnivore Food can represent 10-20% of the total diet.

    Ferrets

    Small Carnivore Food can represent 10-20% of the total diet. Powder can be used to top dress wet food - mix in well.

    Echidna & Numbat

    Mix prepared Small Carnivore Food with about 10% crushed termite mound and termites.

    Insectivorous Bats

    Insectivorous bats have been successfully kept using this food as a maintenance diet, while supplementing them with moths, beetles and a few fly pupae or mealworms.

    Feed Estimates using Small Carnivore Food

    Body
    Weight (g)
    Food
    (g/day)
    Body
    Weight (g)
    Food
    (g/day)
     
    5 1.5 80 11.5
    10 2.5 90 12.5
    15 3.5 100 13.5
    20 4.5 120 15.5
    25 5.0 140 17.5
    30 5.5 160 19.5
    35 6.0 180  20.5
    40 7.0 200  22.5
    50 8.0 250  26.0
    60 9.0 300   30.5
    70 10.5 350  33.5

    Feeding Live Food

    Carnivorous and omnivorous animals usually catch live food prey items. Feeing live food is not only important nutritionally, but also helps maintain natural foraging behaviour in captive animals. If insects are offered as live food, ensure they represent the insect stage eaten by the animal in the wild. There are considerable differences in composition between mature and immature (larval stage) of insects. Animals that prey on mature insects such as moths, beetles and crickets should not be fed large numbers of larval stage insects. Captive animals are commonly fed meal worms and fly pupae which are larval stage insects. These can be poor food substitutes for many animals because of their high fat content. Fat contains twice the energy as other nutrients and increased quantities in the diet can not only lead to obesity but significantly dilute the intake of essential nutrients. The nutritional value of feeder insects may be improved by maintaining them on Passwell Insect Booster.

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