What do Ferrets Eat
Ferrets have a unique diet compared to
other animals. This is because they need one that is rich in protein and low in fat. Aside from that, it must
also not be rich in carbs and sugar.
Perhaps the best one to buy in the market
is Totally Ferret. The problem is that it is not always available in the market. As a result, owners have to
switch to something else like cat food and some examples of these include Iams, Science Diet and Pro Plan.
The products mentioned are not soft cat
food which does not contain less protein that has the tendency to lead to tooth decay. Although these are quite
expensive, buying an 8 pound bag of any of the brands mentioned will last up to 2months.
But ferrets in general are carnivores so
when you feed them, make sure that you are using two types of food at all times ideally meat and poultry. This
will prevent them from being stuck on only one type of food so they won’t have a hard time adjusting later on.
Aside from food, you should also give your
ferret supplements. Examples of these include Ferretvite and Ferretone but only in moderation.
Using the right food will prove to be
worth it when you notice that your ferret is very energetic and their coat are in excellent condition. Of
course, you will still need to groom it by combing the hair and giving it a bath every so often because they
tend to smell when they get dirty.
Once in a while, it wouldn’t hurt to feed
your ferret some small pieces of fruit and vegetable. The same goes with sugar free cereal. This must never be
given in large quantities as this causes gastrointestinal upset, a possible blockage and even malnutrition.
As your ferret grows older, you should
change their diet to kitten food because studies have shown that these too much protein may cause kidney
problems. This should only be given if ever your ferret is recovering from an illness or has undergone
Some ferret owners believe that a raw food
diet may also work. One good example is raw meaty bones which, helps prevent tartar from forming on the teeth
and also provides calcium in their diet. Because of this
diet, you will have a more active ferret around the house that has excellent coat condition. You don’t have to
clean up that much after your pet because it also decreases the stool volume as the food ingested is absorbed by
the body and their natural scent is greatly decreased.
Those who want to try the raw food diet
should not be worried if ferret’s stool turns white to a greyish colour because this is only temporary and will
soon return to normal. Since it takes time for the pet to adjust,
you can mix it with ferret food that can be purchased from the store then gradually decrease this with raw bones
from either meat or poultry.
Knowing what do ferrets each is just one
of the many steps for those that want them to live for a long period of time. Proper care, attention and love
are also needed because these creatures are great to have when you need a friend to take your worries