If you’ve recently acquired a ferret or are considering doing so, it’s a good idea to conduct some research into the best nutritional diet for your new pet. Scarlett is here to assist you in your endeavours.
What Do Ferrets Eat and When Do They Eat It?
Ferrets have a high metabolic rate; thus, they will consume 8 to 10 tiny meals every day. And, like cats, they are severe carnivores who require a high protein diet. Food pellets, which can be acquired at your veterinarian’s office or a local pet store, are an excellent source of protein for ferrets.
To ensure that the pellets are composed of the most nutritious components, read the ingredient list on the packet. The ingredients are given in order of quantity, from highest to lowest. As a result, the first ingredient in a decent ferret food should always be chicken or lamb. Also, stay away from foods that contain grains or maize.
Is It Possible For Ferrets To Eat Cat Food?
Don’t be concerned if you can’t get premade ferret food in your neighbourhood. Kitten food also works (again, check the contents list), as long as you also feed your ferret fatty acid supplements, which can be purchased at a pet store. Kitten food has more protein than adult cat food and is thus more appropriate.
What Other Foods Can I Give My Ferret?
Another option for feeding your ferret is to make your own food. Along with the pellets, you can feed your ferret cooked or raw chicken. As a complement to the pellet diet, chicken baby food is also appropriate. Keep in mind that dry food is a crucial staple for keeping their teeth clean.
What Foods Is It Forbidden For My Ferret To Eat?
Foods heavy in complex carbs, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, and sugar, should be avoided. Ferret’s’ digestive processes are unable to process these foods since they are strict carnivores.
The Key To Success Is Variety.
Ferrets, like cats, can be picky eaters who only eat one type of food, so mixing it up is a good idea (just in case a brand either changes its ingredient makeup or goes out of business). If your ferret is picky, gradually introduce little portions of the new food into the old until the ferret is entirely accustomed to the new diet. This could take up to two weeks.
If you’re going to feed your ferret pellets, make sure the pellets are the right shape. Triangles and other sharp edges can pierce the roof of your ferret’s mouth, so smooth, little bits and oval shapes are ideal.
Treats That Are Both Smart And Healthy
Ferrets, on the other hand, adore ferret treats! Cooked egg, cat snacks, and chunks of chicken, turkey, or lamb are all good ferret treats. In the meantime, don’t feed your ferret any cereals, vegetables, ice cream, or chocolate. It’s preferable to stick to ferret-specific snacks or, if that’s not possible, cat-specific treats—but never dog-specific treats.
Here’s a suggestion: Request cast-off parts of fresh meat from your local butcher, such as organs and other bits that people don’t enjoy but ferrets do. Cook the meats before feeding them to your ferret to eliminate any potential disease caused by raw meat. Cooking a quantity of meat and cutting it into little bits that can be frozen for convenience is one method to make treat time easy—a minute or two in the microwave on the thaw setting and happy times are here!
Ferret Health Care
Finding a veterinarian who has worked with ferrets might be tricky. For a referral, contact ferret healthcare groups, local phone directories, and online sites such as your state veterinary medical organization. Do this before you get a ferret or, if you’re moving, before you become sick. Pet ferrets should get a yearly examination and immunizations; this is a wonderful time to form a relationship with a veterinarian. Make sure the veterinarian is experienced with ferrets and is close by. If your primary care veterinarian does not offer 24-hour treatment, find an after-hours emergency clinic that treats ferrets in case your ferret becomes wounded or ill late at night.
Keep an eye out for hairballs.
Hairballs form in ferrets as well, however unlike cats, they do not regurgitate them. To counteract the problem, producers have created treats that inhibit the formation of hairballs. Include these snacks in your ferret’s weekly diet and routine.
If your ferret has hairballs that have been lodged, you may need to have them surgically removed by a veterinarian. The benefits of being able to avoid any hairball issues significantly outweigh the costs of this treatment.