How To Feed A Domestic Ferret
In the last 10 years, getting ferrets as a pet has become popular. Today, many are faced with the problem of optimizing nutrition and creating a menu for their pet.
Choosing the right ferret food is one of the most important tasks facing the owner. These animals are keenly responsive to errors in feeding compared to cats and especially dogs, and an improperly selected diet can lead to the development of a number of chronic diseases. So, let’s figure out what and how to feed a domestic ferret.
Home Ferret Nutrition Basics
When choosing a diet for your pet, you must consider what the ferret is. it is a carnivore, which means food for it should contain a large amount of protein. In other words, to be healthy, a ferret needs to eat as many meat products as possible.
It must be remembered that ferrets digest food very quickly in about 3 hours. In this regard, the ferret needs constant food in the bowl throughout the day.
Feed the ferret is as follows:
- dry food (it is better to mix several brands);
- feed additives (treats in dry and liquid form);
- meat and fish;
- "live food" (mice, rats, chickens, etc.)
In addition to the main diet, the ferret should also be fed with carbohydrates, for example, raisins (1-2 pieces), boiled broccoli and whether boiled chicken yolk (always hard boiled).
Ferret food should be stored in heavy bowls so that it is not possible to easily overturn it.
When choosing dry food for your pet, you must consider that it contains at least 22% fat and at least 40% protein.
What should be on the feed label, read carefully:
- Animal extract
- Beef (Meat) (Beef (Meat))
- Fish Meal
- Lamb (Lamb Meal)
- Liver (Liver)
- Turkey (Turkey)
- Meat Byproducts
- Meat Meal
- Bone meal
- Egg Powder
- Dry whey (Dried Whey)
- Alfalfa Flour (Alfalfa Meal)
- Barley (Barley)
- Beet Pulp (Beet Pulp)
- Brewer’s Rice
- Brown Rice
- Cereal Bran (Corn Bran)
- Corn Syrup
- Crushed Pearl Barley (Cracked Pearl Barley)
- Dry seaweed ash (Dried Kelp)
Sources of fats and oils
- Animal Fat
- Bird Fat (feed grade)
- Lamb Fat
- Ghee (Tallow)
When choosing what to feed a ferret, it is necessary to take into account that some products can be harmful to his health.
Products to avoid:
- whole nuts;
- dairy products;
- dry food for cats or dogs.
It is strictly forbidden:
- feed the ferret feeds on which mold has appeared due to prolonged and / or improper storage;
- feed hot food.
Water. the basis of life
Ferrets consume a lot of water throughout the day, they need it so that they do not overheat and dehydrate the entire body. Your pet should ALWAYS be provided with fresh and clean water at room temperature.
For convenience, it is better to use special drinkers (ball and / or drinkers).
It is necessary to change the water in the drinking bowls daily and thoroughly wash the food bowl. It is unacceptable to use one bowl for feeding dry food and meat.
Still, choosing what to feed the ferret, remember that your domestic ferret is healthy, you need a balanced diet. To draw up the right diet, taking into account all its functional features (age, weight, pregnancy, etc.), you must consult a veterinarian.