“ Manufacturer: Beaphar / Type: Small Pet Food „
What is it?
I've been using the beaphar multi vitamin malt paste for some years now. It's primarily designed a complimentary food for ferrets - it contains multi vitamins and taurine (the yellow half of the paste) which is essential to your ferret (and indeed cats) diet as neither animal produces taurine itself and they need to get it from other sources to remain healthy. The brown is the malt paste which helps to prevent a build up of hair leading to hairballs.
This is kept to a minimum as the paste comes in a simple squeezy tube with a screw plastic cap. The tube is flexible enough to allow you to squeeze all but the tiniest amount of the contents out so there is very little wastage to worry about.
The design is quite simple with title up the top and almost two thirds of the front being taken up by the image of a ferret. The rear is covered in text in two languages, one of which is English - this consists of ingredients and directions for use. Near the bottom are some contact details and a weight (100g).
Obviously this isn't something I've eaten myself, but judging from the animals I've fed it to there seems to be a marmite like love/hate relationship. My ferret Jespah loves the stuff, he can't get enough of it and one of my dad's favourite tricks is to smear some on his bald head so Jespy will lick it off! On the other hand I've given some to a couple of ferrets who will quite happily lick at the tube, but make such scrunched up faces while they're doing it it puts me in mind of a child being force fed cod liver oil!
I've also tried this on my rats and every single one of them has gone absolutely crazy over it, they love the stuff and if I poke the tube through the bars for them they immediately try to steal it. When they realise I'm not letting go of the tube they try to lap up as much of the paste as possible and make a real squealing noise when another rat tries to push in and get some. As such I'd say the taste gets more thumbs up than it does down.
The smell is quite subtle and certainly not overpowering so nothing to worry about on that account. If I had to liken it to anything I'd say it puts me in mind of flour, which I'm guessing is something to do with the malt aspect.
I paid about £3-4 for my last tube and although I have alot of pets this tends to last me a month or 2, depending on how generous I am with my portions! A look at Amazon shows it to be rather expensive on there at £5.49 for the same size tube.
Beaphar Vitamin Malt Paste comes in a small 100 gram tube, similar to tooth paste tubes. It is sold from anything from £2.99 to £4.99 depending on how well you shop for it. The paste contains vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12 and E, lineolic and folic acid, taurine and biotin with 0.2% mannan oligosaccharide (MOS) with 17.5% protein and 53.4% fat.
There are two colours to the paste that do completely different things. The brown paste contains Bio-Mos this is a type of yeast and improves Gastrointestinal health, the Bio-Mos feeds the GI tract and plays a very important role for looking after ferrets. As ferrets can't bring their own hairballs up from their stomach, this will prevent the hair from forming within, and definitely help to safe guard you from receiving huge vet bills.
The second yellow paste gives your ferret a balance of important vitamins and minerals and includes taurine. All good ferret owners know that taurine is very important to ferrets, for their muscles, eyes and brain development. This compound is not stored in a ferrets body for later use, and is completely flushed out of their system when they go to the toilet, so they require a high daily intake of this amino acid. If they do not have any taurine in their diet, your ferret will become very unwell.
This paste is an essential part of looking after ferrets, there are so many reasons for using this product, and is so crucial to your ferrets well being. The paste should be used everyday, around a pea sized amount is what I give to my ferrets. They love to lick it from the tube or a little amount on your finger. Apart from all the health benefits from this paste it can also be used to help in training. They love the paste so much and actually smells pretty good, even from a human perspective.
In a nut shell this product is excellent. I have not found any other product that does the same thing unless you want to import from America. Very easy to use with simple written instructions on the tube, helps with a multitude of preventable problems, and lasts a good 4 months if you are keeping 2 ferrets.