Raw “Soup” Recipe
originally posted by Stephanie / Carpetsharks
Last Major Revision: 04/21/15
- 8oz raw chicken thigh (raw)
- 1 oz raw chicken liver (or other raw liver)
- 1-2 raw chicken hearts (approximately 1 oz) or 1 oz other raw heart
- ½ to ¾ tsp bone meal or crushed egg shell
- (air-dry egg shell then crush with mortar and pestle or in a clean coffee grinder)
How to Make Soup:
- Weigh out your meat and organs.
- Add bone meal or egg shell.
- Add water until about the consistency of thick cream (no thinner!!). Blending up in a food processor is the easiest.
PLEASE USE HUMAN GRADE BONE MEAL POWDER! you don’t want to know what they put in the bone meal that they sell for pets…
**please note that the 1/2 tsp of pumpkin that used to be in the recipe has been removed. It is now believed to create a possible insulinoma issue when fed regularly (but is still to be used in blockage situations). Read more on A Rant About Pumpkin.
On the Holistic Ferret Forum, if you read through the stickies in the raw feeding/mentoring section you can see how to hand-feed a ferret raw soup. This is recommended to start. I also use a little bit of extra virgin olive oil (no more than 1/2 tsp per day) to entice them to try to raw at first. If they don’t like the EVOO, you can also try fish oils (for example Salmon oil). Ferretone is not recommended because of the BHT (carcinogen) but you can mix 1/2 ferretone / 1/2 EVOO to start and then wean the ferretone out of the mixture if you end up with a super picky fuzzy.
Generally weekly amounts that ferrets require (our weekly menu is based on these ratios):
- 75% muscle meat (including 1 full meal of hearts AT LEAST per week)
- 15% EDIBLE bone Per week
- 10% organ (1/2 liver – no more than 2 oz per week and 1/2 other organ which includes kidney, spleen, brains, etc. Though 1/2 of the “other” organ should be kidney)
- **5% roughage – this is your 1/2 tsp per ferret of pumpkin per day. Helps the food pass through better (mimics skin and fur’s role),and prevents hairballs. Most also feed extra virgin olive oil (no more than 1/2 tsp daily) to help with coat and hairballs but a FISH oil is also recommended to replace the EVOO a few times a week as they can actually digest the Animal based oils.
Kibble can be used to “coat” the raw at first (ie kibble crumbs on the raw) but if you end up getting a kit, they should take to the raw no problem, older ferrets are definitely a bit trickier though. (CRUSH the kibble into tiny pieces and then “bread” the meat with it). this will not create a problem because the kibble is only “coating” the chunk of meat and the kibble is in very tiny pieces. if you can grind the kibble up in a clean coffee grinder, even better).
Taking away the kibble for 2-3 hours before offering the raw is recommended but only if you KNOW your ferret is healthy and does not have insulinoma (only really a concern if you get an older ferret with unknown health history, but getting a kit or seemingly healthy adult vet checked before the switch is also always recommended).
The danger with mixing DRY kibble and WET raw in the stomach is the following: DRY kibble alters the chemistry of the ferrets digestion. When you mix raw meat with a stomach full of dry kibble, the kibble will actually slow down the digestion of the raw meat and this MAY create a potential for bacterial overgrowth which MAY cause funky poops and upset tummies.