You can now find ferret food in many pet stores. It’s worth mentioning that, since minks and ferrets are closely related, one may think that commercial mink food is safe for ferrets. However, mink food typically contains fish, which is not appropriate for ferrets. If you can’t find ferret food, you may be able to offer your pet premium dry food for kittens. Don’t use dog food, however: it isn’t suitable for ferrets.
One curious thing about ferrets is that they do sometimes get fixated on a certain type of food. In fact, ferrets can get so attached to one type of food that they will refuse anything else. If you feed your ferret kibble, offer your furry friend a mix of brands. Otherwise, if your pet’s favorite food is discontinued, you could find yourself in a pickle!
Just like any other pet, ferrets love snacks. You can give your little buddy commercial pet treats for cats or ferrets; cooked eggs; or cooked, plain meat, without the skin or bones. Frozen muscle or organ meats are suitable as well. These guys tend to enjoy anything liver-flavored.
Never give your pint-sized pal a new food without first researching it to make sure it’s safe. Some things to avoid are marshmallows; chocolate; garlic, onions, and chives; ice cream; candy; peanut butter; potato chips; grapes; fruits and veggies; grains (including bread) and dairy products, with the exception of eggs.
Ask your vet for specific advice, including feeding times, safe and unsafe foods, and suitable treats. Your vet may recommend feeding your ferret several small meals a day, rather than one large one. If you do need to make changes to your tiny buddy’s diet, you’ll need to do so slowly. Last but not least, make sure your ferret always has fresh water!
Please contact me with any questions about ferret health or care. As your Marion, IA vet, I’m happy to help!