n.— «With ferrets, appropriate diet is a must. The ferret is a true obligate carnivore, “and we need to really start thinking in terms of high fat, high protein, no carbohydrates and no fiber,” Cottrell says. “Anything less than 6 percent carbs is good, while most dry foods are in the 30 percent category.”…Those with strong stomachs might consider “whole prey,” a euphemism for live mice and rats. “Start with pinkies,” Purcell advises, referring to juveniles, not fingers, “and work your way up.”» —“Animal House: Ferreting out the safest vaccine for little clowns” by Denise Flaim Newsday (Long Island, New York) Jan. 17, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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