Ferret Diet

Welcome to our diet section, most owners are shocked to find that MANY companys selling food for ferrets include many low-quality ingredients.

Ferrets are obligate carnivores, this means they should only eat meat, meat by-products, and animal parts.

Raw fed ferrets are being more and more common as more companies choose lower quality ingredients.

Here is our Recommended list of food and information regarding Supplements

Ferrets Dietary requirements

Ferrets need food high in meat protein, as they can not use plant proteins.

We expect to food to exceed 40% protein - solely provided by meat ingredients.
We expect 20% fat.

Treats Brief

There are many commercially available treats marketed for ferrets, the best include freeze dried and dehydrated meats.

More on treats

Good Treats
Raw chicken wings
Small cuttings of Pork, Beef, fish
Salmon oil.
Any freeze dried or dehydrated meat.


Bad treats
Anything glossy and loose on shelves
Rawhide treats
Anything Chemically treated.

Supplements brief overview

Ferrets full dietary requirements are not fully known and while underdosing lead to slower growth or diminished vitality over dosing can cause organ failure.

Supplements in-depth overview

Most good quality food will provide ferrets with the vitamins they require, but it is good to be aware of what they're known to require. However, there are not large studies so any dose modification should be done under direct supervision and blood panels.

Required 
Vitamine
Vitamine D3
Vitamine E
Taurine


Suggested
Biotin
Copper
Choline
Cyanocobalamin (B12)
Folic Acid
Iron
Iodine
Selenium
Thiamin (Bl)
Manganese
Niacin
Pyroxidine (B6)
Pantothenic Acid
Riboflavin (B2)
Rosemary (info to follow)
Omega-3 (salmon oil does not contain Vitamine A, Cod oil does)
Zinc


Medical use only
Melatonin


May cause some ferrets to have allergic reaction
Corn gluten
Chicken