Ferrets are just the cutest pets you can imagine. I know many agree to that statement. Nevertheless, ferrets have their needs and natural instincts to which you have to answer as ferret owner in order to keep your little furry guy happy and healthy.
A good diet is one of the first things you have to take care of. What does good ferret diet consist of and what do you need to know about feeding ferrets?
Ferrets are strict carnivores – as our cats are. They require meat-based protein in their daily diet. Looking at the ingredients of good ferret diets you will see that chicken or similar meat is always listed as first ingredient. What does that mean? The ingredients are listed from the highest to the lowest quantity. Therefore, a good ferret diet needs to start the ingredient list with chicken or other meat.
If you‘re out of ferret diet you can feed your ferret friend for a short period of time kitten food which comes ferret diet the closest. Nevertheless you will need to add fatty acid supplements to meet the specific needs of ferrets.
If you feed dry ferret diet you need to offer your ferret a constant supply of water. When a ferret can‘t drink water for a day he will stop eating. An important sign for you.
Similar to cats ferrets can be picky eaters. To avoid being forced to feed just one type of diet to your ferret, get him early used to a variety of food. You can even add some raw chicken meat from time to time. It‘s also good to vary the brands in order to not get hooked on just one.
And speaking of adding some variety to your ferret‘s diet here is a list of food you shouldn’t feed in order to keep your little friend healthy:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Bread and other sorts of grains
- Chocolate and other forms of sugar
- Dairy products
- Dog food
To make sure that your little ferret doesn’t get in the danger to eat some of this list out of curiosity or playfulness, hide them somewhere out of ferret-reach.
Ferrets don‘t need a lot of food. For an adult female ferret it‘s recommended to give about a quarter cup of food per day.
In any case consult your vet to find the right amount for your ferret – even more important when you have more than one ferret.
Marshall Premium Ferret Diet
- 4-pound bag
- Complete nutrition for all life stages
- Rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
- Fresh meat ingredients
- Also available as 7-pound and 35-pound bag
The quality of the Marshall Premium Ferret Diet food is perfect for my little fuzzies.
Only food I buy for my ferrets. Great product and price
Arrived very quickly! So this is a great buy, I use a lidded tupperware to store the food in to keep it fresh. Definitely recommended this brand and company any day!
Wysong Raw Ferret Food
- True non-thermal freezedried raw product
- Chicken formula
- Starch-free and meat-based
- Contains meats, nutraceuticals, prebiotics, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, and an array of micronutrients
- High in natural protein and fat content
- Optimal nutrition
I have been buying Wysong ferret food for years and I swear it’s the reason my girl is 7 years old and has absolutely no health issues according to the vet.
This stuff is amazing. So after giving it a try I am hooked! My ferret is hooked! And she will ALWAYS continue to eat this. Now her hair is glossy, and I’ve noticed it’s even gotten thicker. I am so pleased with this product it has so many things your Ferret needs that they just can’t get from other foods. They really do need raw in their diets! My ferret LOVES this stuff.
My fuzz butts love love LOVE this stuff! I plan on rolling raw meat around in it for a nice treat and to get them more accustomed to raw meats! Don’t change a thing!
Sheppard and Greene Adult Ferret Food
- Real chicken as first ingredient
- Promotes a healthy immune system
- Reduces shedding and minimizes hairballs
- 4-pound bag
This one is the best! The ingredients are good and it also has our ferrets stinking the least! which is always a good thing! It was suggested by our vet.
Changed from a cheaper brand to this, was afraid the ferrets wouldn’t take to having different food but they both seem to love the new stuff.
Has been my main ferret food for 15 years. I wouldn’t dream of changing.