Ferrets are wonderful pets that will provide you with endless hours of love and entertainment. However, it takes a lot of work, time, money and above all dedication to own a ferret – they are not the perfect pet for everyone. We strongly encourage doing your research before purchasing any pet, and hope that you can find the answers to all of your questions here at Holistic Ferret Forum. We believe in balancing Nature and Nurture by providing safe and enriching environments, proper health care, and a natural diet that will maximize your ferret’s health and lifespan. Also, be sure to stop by the forum or our Facebook Group and say hello! We have a strong, friendly community and all newcomers are welcome. In the forum we will answer your questions, laugh at your ferrety stories, help you through the many obstacles of being a “ferrent,” and guide you towards providing the healthiest diet and best care possible for your pets.
What is the Holistic Ferret Forum?
We are all a group of ferret and animal lovers who have decided to come together to create a great community. We support one another where and how we can. If you have questions, we (hopefully) have some answers. You will never be ignored here.
While we are primarily a raw/whole prey feeding forum, we do try to make all feel welcome here, as we all only want what is best for our fur/feather/scale kids. This encompasses all types of feeding, including live. If you choose to start your own feeding colonies, there are members on board who can help guide you in that. If you only wish to feed pre-killed whole prey, raw, commercial raw, or your own premix, someone can help you choose out the best places to order your food from. If you do feel you have to feed kibble, we’ve also got a link to some of the better ones out there. While feeding kibble is discouraged where possible, you will not be made to feel judged, or unwelcome. We simply hope that after reading all the info, you will come to your own conclusions about diet. Never let someone else tell you what to think. Do your research, and make your own decisions.
We believe in holistic care where possible, and medical intervention where necessary. There are a number of recipes and tips on the site for a variety of problems, from flea infestations to IBD to supplements.
We believe in having fun while talking about ferrets, sharing stories about our ferrets, commiserating about what they’ve gotten up to, and grieving together when one of us loses one of these little angels.
We will be honest with you. No one will sugar coat what being owned by ferrets is like. The same when medical intervention is deemed necessary. While we do try not to be blunt, if this board cannot help with advice any longer, you will be told to get your ferret to a vet asap.
Most of all- we are all of one mind in wanting our ferrets to be the best they can be, and live a happy, healthy life. After all, isn’t that the goal for all of us?
Welcome to your journey to a healthier, Holistic Ferret.
My very first ferret came to me unexpectedly. I was asked if I could foster her but I knew nothing about ferrets. I fell in love and decided to keep her. I went searching on the internet for information about how to take care of ferrets. I’m SUPER THANKFUL I came across Holistic Ferret Forum! After months of lurking and reading I decided to switch to raw and signed up for the mentor program. By this point I had adopted a second ferret so I had two to switch. Katt was my mentor and she was/is amazing! It’s not easy getting kibble imprinted ferrets to switch, and there were a few issues and snags along the way, but with her help I succeeded. The improvement in their health was incredible. Their coats got so soft and shiny, their teeth are perfect, they poop less and smell less. Even my vet remarks that my ferrets are the healthiest ones she sees at her practice and she wishes all her clients would switch their ferrets to raw. I’ve successfully switched four more ferrets on my own since I finished the program. Besides the information about a proper diet, I’ve learned SO MUCH about all kinds of ferret related topics from the Holistic Ferret Forum. Whenever I have a question about something, this is where I come to find an answer. Over the years as I’ve become more knowledgeable, I’ve discovered there is A LOT of bad advice and incorrect information about ferrets out there on other websites. I’m so thankful I found this site first and I constantly recommend it to others. I know I already said Katt was amazing, but I want to give a second extra special shout out to her. She’s been there for me so many times, like while I was at the vet dealing with surgery and blockages, in the middle of the night when I suddenly lost a ferret in an accident and was grief-stricken, whenever I’ve had questions or needed advice, as a backup person for my pet sitters to contact if there was a problem while I was on vacation. I’m so thankful for all her help!
Linda MaretichMentor, Mod, Member
I know there are likely people who think that those of us on the HFF team are different somehow; that we don't deal with the same things, don't have the same struggles, don't face the same doubts, or have never needed to put much effort into learning anything. But I'm here to say that we have all had to start somewhere and even needed a helping hand from time to time. HFF was my helping hand and now they are my family. I truly think anyone would be hard pressed to find another place with people who care so much about the health and lives of these little creatures, and who are willing to devote so much time, care and commitment into spreading both truth and advice that will change the lives of owners and ferrets alike for the better. I started with my first ferret, entirely new to ferrets, thinking that the info I originally got must have been perfectly right, but there was so little info given overall, thus I started researching which led me to HFF. I was shocked to see how wrong the basic info I had been given at the pet store and some other sites had been. Suddenly, I realized that there was a LOT one could and should learn about ferrets, and eagerly dug into this newfound wealth of knowledge. I kept on reading through the bountiful info provided by HFF, asking questions about anything and everything; from diet, to treats, to activities, to housing, to behaviors, to medical and more. Even now, I will continue to look to HFF first whenever I need an answer, some advice, reassurance, or even a sanity check. After joining HFF, I switched my ferrets to raw in rapid succession. The differences I began to see in my first two ferrets, led me to permanently making the choice that any ferret that comes into my home will immediately be switched over, no matter how much work it might take. The end results really are THAT worth it. While I have switched multiple ferrets by now, I still stand amazed by the differences raw makes every single time. My ferrets don't smell, they have beautiful coats, they have heaps of energy, their teeth are clean and strong, they are properly hydrated and their poops are much smaller and don't reek (on kibble poops were huge because of how little nutrition could be absorbed and stank to high heaven in the way poops only do if you've eaten something your body doesn't tolerate well) and they enjoy the mental stimulation that comes from their natural diet. Now, when even the ferrets adamantly refuse touching kibble in favor of their raw, that's gotta be something! We have actually been so impressed by the differences raw made in our ferrets, that we switched our kitty over to raw as well.
Rae KrushenskyMod, Member
I got back into ferrets at the end of 2016. When I adopted my two girls I was told they were on a raw diet. Having no clue what I needed to do to keep up with that diet, I used Google which led me to the Holistic Ferret Forum. Once I started to read the extensive files, I realized that my girls hadn't really been raw fed, they were given kibble and the occasional processed human food (fried chicken gizzards). I was adamant we were going to do this properly, but having no experience and struggling with their imprinting, I joined the free mentorship program. Thanks to Kelsey, we were able to make forward progress, not only in my understanding of what i needed to do to create balance, but also in my girls willingness to eat what I offered. We did get stuck on small pieces, but Sherry took over our mentorship and gave encouragement and tips on breaking the stubborn streak my two had entered. Since graduating the program, we have added 8 more previously kibble fed ferrets ranging in age from 1 year to 4 years old, and within days of having them home were able to eliminate kibble from their diet entirely thanks to what I've learned from HF. Within only a month of being on raw, all my guys' coats turned shiny and soft, energy levels went through the roof, and you can clearly see the enjoyment on their faces when they eat. Even their teeth, which had started to show the effects of eating kibble, have become beautifully white and almost shiny new thanks to their edible bone in meals. Now, having been raw feeding for two years and having some hands on experience with a variety of ages and backgrounds, I firmly believe EVERY ferret CAN be switched, if their human is willing to put the effort in. Holistic Ferrets has provided a community that thrives on learning, not just about raw diets, but also the variety of health issues our ferrets face. They are a resource I could not do without, and they are the first place I turn when I need answers. I know that no matter what I might encounter in ferrenthood, HF will always be a place I can turn to for support.
Thanks to Heather, Sherry, and Euel, I am able to feed my boys a balanced raw diet. Without them helping me, I definitely wouldn’t be feeding raw today! My boys are on a balanced commercial grinds raw diet, and get some bone in meals a few times a week. I’ve fed Kodiak, my first ferret, raw since I got him in March 2018 at eight weeks old. Before I got him, He was being fed Marshall’s.. His coat was crunchy and dry, and he was quite thin. I noticed a difference in his coat, weight, and teeth in just a few days, and he even started gaining more energy. He grew quickly, and put on a lot weight. And now, seven months later and with his new friend Miles (who’s private bred that I got in July 2018) they are both happy and healthy boys! They have such soft silky coats, and they are so shiny too. They have excellent teeth and gums, and have enough energy for them to drive me insane (which they happily do)! Thanks to the people at Holistic Ferret, I am able to give my boys the best diet that they are built to eat, and am able to give them best chance at staying healthy for years to come. Plus, I have even made some amazing friends, and have been taught so much more about ferrets than just their diet. Thank you everyone at HF for dedicating your time and energy to helping owners give their ferrets the best possible chance at a healthy and happy life.