|Note the Royal Ferret's gold collar.|
I doubt Queen Elizabeth had much trouble feeding her ferrets. She could just send her flunkies out for whatever the Royal Ferrets dined on.
No such luck here. I have six ferrets. Ferrets "imprint" on food when they are kits. Whatever they start eating, that's what they want all their lives.
Two of my ferrets eat "Kitten Chow." Two of them eat regular cat food. But the two really old ferrets will only eat Marshal's Premium Ferret Chow. They are ferrets of discriminating palates and will only condescend to dine upon ferret haute cuisine. The cat food eaten by the hoi polloi will not do.
There are three pet stores within a 50 mile radius. That's 50 miles straight line distance, which equates to a lot longer journey here in the mountains, over windy and twisting roads that never go anywhere straight.
Through a combination of being busy and just poor planning, I found myself with an empty jar today where there should have been a bounty of Marshal's Premium Ferret Chow. So I called around, and the two closest places were out. Set out for the pet store up across the state line, and immediately ran into a detour. The road was closed. The detour consisted of a big loop through the countryside, and added another 22 miles to the trip, one way.
Once I finally got to the pet shop, I bought their only bag of Ferret Chow, a tube of ferret vitamin paste, and a bottle of ferret "supplement." I figure I spent $24.00 on gas, and another $ 30.00 on ferret supplies. I asked the proprietor to order me four bags of Marshal's Premium Ferret Chow for my supply room. It comes in a sealed mylar bag and stays fresh a long time. When I'm making my pre-checks for winter, I always include the animals. With dogs and cats, if you run out of food you can boil up big pots of rice, mix in a can of corned beef hash or gravy, and they will eat. Chickens, I can put corn in the grain mill, bust it up, and they are taken care of. But with ferrets, you have to have exactly what they eat. They don't accept substitutes.
It was nice to get out and I enjoyed the trip. Haven't been up that way for a good long while. The weather was beautiful, and the mountains looked like a picture post card.