Would you like to pamper your little pal with nutritious, healthy and yummy ferrets diet? It's easy if you follow these simple rules.
Ferrets Are Meat Eaters
Ferrets feed on live rodents and rabbits in the wild â€“ that's right, they are serious carnivores. Ferrets rely on the protein and fats from meat and bones to sustain their exceedingly active lifestyles.
Back when I was a teenager, we had no choice but to feed our ferrets premium cat food. We preferred kitten food because it contains higher level of protein and fats that are necessary for active kittens (and in our case, ferrets).
Nowadays, ferrets have become one of the most popular pets in the US and food specifically for ferrets is readily available. This is great news because the customized food contains better-quality fats and less carbohydrate that is more suitable to the ferret's diet.
Ferret Care 101: What Is A Good Ferrets Diet?
Feeding is a very important part of proper ferret care. In general, a decent meal for ferret should contain:
- 35% protein
- 20% fat Low fiber content (<2%)
- Low ash level (<7%)
A good carbohydrate ingratiates such as rice flour and brewer's yeast should also be part of the diet. For baby ferrets, the proportion of protein and fats should even be higher, with 40% and 30% for protein and fat respectively.
Moist Food vs. Dry Pellet
While I do not have preference, we should all aware of the characteristics of these two diets: some ferrets are picky and they eat only moist food, but if they cannot finish within an hour, any remaining food will have to be taken away.
Dried pellet food, on the other hand, is much more long lasting and can be left in the cage for the entire day. The pellets can even help clean your ferret's teeth. We just have to encourage the ferret to drink a lot more water â€“ you obviously can't force them, but you can provide a more user-friendly container, such as a dish or bowl rather than a bottle. Please remember to replace with fresh, clean water once in a while throughout the day (at least once a day) to keep your little friend happy and healthy.
Is Ferret Food Expensive?
Well, the pack could look costly, but since ferret is a small animal and eats very little, the overall cost is well under control. Supplement is not necessary for ferrets as long as they are provided with proper and nutrient-rich food.
How About Snacks?
There is no need to feed your ferret snacks unless you are actively training him (e.g. on housecleaning). If necessary, give them cooked egg or meat, and nothing else. In fact, sweet goodies (such as raisin and other sweet dried fruits) can cause tooth decay, obesity and ferret insulinoma.
Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt are also inappropriate because ferrets lose the ability to digest lactose after weaning and dairy products will then cause diarrhea or other illnesses. In addition, vegetables and grains are no-no because their digestive system cannot accommodate greens. Finally, beware of onions â€“ they are poisonous to your ferrets!
Now, start rewarding your fun-loving companions with this Ferrets Diet Of Choice. They deserve it!
* Photograph courtesy of law_keven @ flickr