by ferretpapa Apr 27, 2021
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.
by ferretpapa Apr 18, 2021
Some exciting news, you can now update your profile (username, social media, etc.) and add your ferrets as well!
Check my profile out here: https://ferret.love/users/ferretpapa
Profile pictures are coming soon too!
I also added a dark mode to the site, it'll change based on your phone/computer settings.
by ferretpapa Feb 5, 2021
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.