Many ferret owners find that a sick, injured, or older ferret loses interest in eating, which is detrimental to their health and deters recovery. In order to motivate a sick ferret to eat and ensure that they receive the proper nutrition, ferret owners feed "duck soup."
Many ferret owners find it helpful to feed their ferret duck soup while they are in good health to get them accustomed to the taste and texture of the soup. This is also beneficial because when your ferret is sick and is served duck soup, he thinks he is getting a familiar treat. If your ferret does not like duck soup at the beginning, don't be alarmed. Some ferrets just take time to adjust to it.
Many duck soup recipes are costly to make and time-consuming to prepare. Others may encourage your ferret to eat, but lack the vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals necessary to truly combat ferret illnesses. For a fast, time-saving alternative to any duck soup recipe, we recommend combining an easily digestible nutritional supplement with your ferret's preferred kibble food. If necessary, your ferret's regular food can be ground in a blender and a small amount of water or fresh chicken broth may be added. This will create the porridge-like consistency of traditional "duck soup."
Suitable ferret supplements include:
Sick ferrets require foods that are high in digestible protein and calories with added vitamins. Ferret foods suitable as a daily diet and for when your ferret is sick include: