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"Hello all readers. I am tired of reading about giving ferrets fibre from fruit snacks etc. They do not need it at all. Meat is all they should eat - please. I was given an adult female who I estimated at the time was about 3 yrs. She was so overweight that she rolled over when she stood on her hind legs. We named her Lardarse, Lardy for short. I felt she had been a well loved pet although fed the wrong diet. After much indoor exercise up and down the stairs and a meat only diet she slimmed down beautifully and her coat is silky soft. She is such a character and particularly fond of licking ears! After a month or so she became poorly and had discomfort urinating. She remained happy otherwise and continued to eat well. After a couple of days she passed to my utter amazement a few crystal stones in her urine and from then improved. I visited the vet taking the stones with me. She was amazed also and said in 9/10 cases this is an emergency op. She decided it was due to a previous bad diet and after anylisis advised a special and very expensive cat food given to felines with the same problem which is common. Lardy did not take kindly to the new food that looked like cheap supermeat. This all occured in May and since every 4 weeks or so she has shed more little crystals about the size of lentils. However, recently she went 6 weeks and had symptoms the other day. In the morning I found a few small crystals and an enormous one with a diametre the size of a 5p !! It is a miracle and only because she is female.A male would certainly need surgery. Hopefully Lardy has now got rid of the worst as she seems so happy and energetic. Please, you know how heartbreaking it is when your pet is ill. Do not feed ferrets fibre. They only need meat!! As near to a natural diet as possible - whole carcas is best. Sorry about waffle and best regards. Kay"
"Kay"

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