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How to support this website

by ferretpapa

I just started a Ko-fi page where you can support me with one-time or monthly donations ☺️

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You can also shop using one of these referral links (preferably Chewy) or any of the links from my food chart, and I'll earn a small commission.

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Every ferret around the world deserves a happy, healthy life, and I will always share as much as I can for free. My email and Instagram DMs are always open as well if people have questions.

However, donations will help me to support my own rescued ferrets and to free up my time to work on research, writing, and developing my website.

All of my ferrets except Auri have been adopted from the GCFA, many of them already on their last legs when I take them home. The GCFA has a foster program which covers vet bills, but I don't take part in this program - aside from some medications, I pay for all of my ferrets out of my own pocket (my lovely vet still gives me the shelter discount though).

In 2021 I had over $10,000 in vet bills that I paid for myself. In 2022 my vet bills have added up to $15,000 and counting.

My current focus is to write more Q&A Articles and flesh out the ones that are currently there. If my content is enjoyable or useful to you, please consider supporting me!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Ferret Marketplace!

by ferretpapa

I'm happy to announce the launch of the Ferret Marketplace!

Ferret Marketplace

It’s a one stop shop to find toys, treats, bedding, anything you could possibly need for your ferrets! ☺️ Plus cute ferret merch and gifts for the humans too.

I wanted to make it easy for ferrents to find quality products, and to support small businesses at the same time. I will never charge any shop - all of the profits will still go to them.

Working on this made me realize how many awesome people creating amazing products we have in this community 🥺

You can also create wishlists and share them. View my favorites here!

Vitamins, Minerals, and Preservatives

by ferretpapa

The food chart will now identify most vitamins, minerals, amino acids, additives, preservatives, and artificial flavors and colors. More will be added as I see that some are missing.

Foods with limited ingredients get a small bonus. These types of ingredients will no longer count towards the ingredient total because they're not really something that can be noticeably consumed. And most vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are good for the ferrets anyway, so they shouldn't be punished for having more of them.

Some manufacturers kind of "cheated" anyways, by just saying "vitamins and minerals" instead of listing them all out, so previously those foods were incorrectly getting a bonus for having limited ingredients. Now all foods will be ranked fairly regardless of how the ingredients are listed out.

I did notice that almost every food was now getting that bonus, so I made it more exclusive and set the maximum number of ingredients to 10 instead of 20.

Ferret.Love profiles!

by ferretpapa

Some exciting news, you can now update your profile (username, social media, etc.) and add your ferrets as well!

Check my profile out here:

Profile pictures are coming soon too!

I also added a dark mode to the site, it'll change based on your phone/computer settings.

Ferret Food Chart Updates

by ferretpapa

Update, Apr 29, 2021 - this is complete! I will probably continue to tweak the food scoring, but at least raw foods are not being incorrectly punished anymore.

Please be patient, I'm working on updating the food chart.

I'm adding a "meat %" to the calculation, which will bump a lot of the raw foods higher (currently some are as low as a "C" ranking but really they should all be higher than the kibbles).

Also updating pea information - research is showing that it's caused by a combination of 3 factors: peas in the diet, dehydration, and a genetic issue that some ferrets have. 

Ferrets are not good at keeping themselves hydrated, especially as they get older. You won't know if they have the genetic issue until it's too late and they've already developed stones. So why risk it? Eliminating peas is the only guaranteed way to eliminate stones. Kidney stones and bladder stones are painful enough already; being unable to pee for 24 hours and dying is a horrible way to go, and surgery is extremely risky and expensive.