What do ferrets eat?

Ferrets can eat either cat food or specific ferret food. The advantage of feeding cat food is the wide variety that is available, including the choice of wet, dry, or semi-moist foods. Keep in mind that your ferret "is what he eats", so try to feed him the best food possible, such as one of the premium foods your veterinarian might recommend.

How often should I feed my ferret?

Because ferrets can easily develop hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), they should be fed several meals throughout each day. This is most easily accomplished by leaving food available for them 24 hours a day.

Do I need to give my ferret vitamins?

If your ferret is eating a high quality premium diet, extra vitamins are not essential. However, there are several brands of very palatable vitamins that can be offered as a low fat treat.

Can I offer my ferret treats?

Yes, but be sure to check with your veterinarian first about what treats he or she might recommend. While obesity is not a common problem with ferrets, they certainly can become overweight if fed an abundance of high calorie treats.

Be sure to check with your veterinarian before you feed your ferret any people food. It is usually not recommended to offer ferrets people food, such as chips, cookies, or candy, as treats. This can contribute to problems such as an upset stomach, pancreatitis, and obesity. Chocolate can be fatal to ferrets!

What about water?

Fresh water in a crock that won't easily tip over should be available at all times.

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This client information sheet is based on material written by Rick Axelson, DVM & Shawn Messonnier, DVM © 2005 Lifelearn, Inc. Used with permission under license.

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