Ferrets are strict carnivores. In the wild they prey upon and eat whole animals that consist of raw meat, raw bones, other tissue and digested vegetable matter. There are some good quality commercial ferret foods available in Australia but they may be difficult to obtain. Human grade raw meaty bones may be offered on a weekly basis to help keep teeth clean. Never feed cooked bones as these may splinter and cause internal damage or become an intestinal obstruction. Raw meaty bones must be large enough so that your ferret cannot fit the whole bone in its mouth or try to swallow the bone whole. If you want to treat your ferret, small pieces of meat are the best option. Nutritional supplements are normally not necessary for ferrets, provided they have a balanced diet. Ferrets are inquisitive animals and they like to chew, so be careful of objects around the home or in their cage that may tempt them. Swallowed objects can become hazardous by way of intestinal obstruction. Also ensure they cannot eat anything that may be toxic for them such as Xylitol sugar substitute found in some products such as sugarfree chewing gum, lollies, baking goods.
Ferrets turn food into energy very quickly and have a short gut. This means food passes through them quickly and then need to eat every few hours. Ferrets are natural puzzle-solvers and will love to search for their food. Make the most of this natural behaviour to help keep them active and stop them from getting bored. However, ferrets also put on weight before winter so they have enough fat stored away to get them through the colder months. Your ferret’s diet Advice on giving your ferret a healthy, balanced diet. The ideal diet for your ferret will include: Commercial ferret nuggets. These will contain the full range on nutrients you ferret needs. You can buy these in pet shops. You could also feed your ferret a raw food diet.
What does a ferrets diet consist of share
This topic is divided into two sections. Both the food and treat sections are divided into subsections. Please note that the items listed below are not the only foods or treats that ferrets can eat. If you know of a food or treat that is not listed below and is safe for ferrets, please contact us. We would love for you to tell us what you feed so that we can add that item to the list. Meal Foods. Treat Foods. All items listed in this section can also be given to ferrets as treats.