Feeding Your Ferret

Did you know that May 2 is National Ferret Day? Ferrets are very fun and cute pets! Like many pocket pets, ferrets are quite easy to care for. Providing your little pal with a suitable habitat; daily playtime; fun toys; regular veterinary care; and good food will see to most of his needs. However, when it comes to feeding your ferret, there are quite a few do’s and don’ts for pet parents to be aware of. Below, a Marietta, GA vet discusses proper ferret nutrition.

Basics

Ferrets are carnivores, so your little buddy will need a meat-based diet that is high in protein. If you can’t find ferret food locally, you can substitute high-quality kitten food, though you may need to give your pet supplements as well. Be sure to read the labels carefully. Look for a brand that lists meat or chicken as the first and most numerous ingredient. Avoid products that contain grain or corn. It’s also important to offer ferrets a variety of foods, so they don’t get stuck on one thing. For instance, your vet may recommend giving your pet both kibble and wet food. Cooked chicken and chicken-flavored baby food are also suitable. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Feeding Times

Ferrets are best suited to eating several small meals, rather than one big one. In fact, most ferrets do best with 8-10 small meals a day.

Hairball Remedy

Ferrets can get hairballs, but they can’t expel them the way cats can. Therefore, you’ll need to administer a hairball remedy. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Treats

Just like any other pets, ferrets love snacks. Cooked egg and certain types of cat treats are both appropriate treats. You can also give your four-legged pal small bits of chicken, turkey, or lamb.

Unsafe Foods

Many things that may seem like good treats are actually very dangerous to ferrets. Never give your furball cooked bones; many fruits and veggies; bread; grains; chocolate; grapes; caffeine; dog food; or anything that contains sugar, flour, or xylitol. Your vet may also advise against giving your ferret fish. If you aren’t sure if something is safe or not, err on the side of caution, and offer something you know is suitable instead. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Marietta, GA animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!