Feeding Your Ferret
Ferrets eat many things, the most balanced option available these days is a complete ferret food. Additionally, you have the choice of wet, dry, or semi-moist foods. Any of these diets will be enjoyed by your ferret, although dried ferret food is the most easily obtained. 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 vet might recommend. Also don’t feed too much – it is easy to make a ferret fat!
It is usually not recommended to offer ferrets human food, such as chips, cookies, or sweets, as treats.
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, although in the case of those who over eat a set amount divided between 2-3 meals may be best. If your ferret is eating a high quality premium diet, extra vitamins are not essential.
While obesity is not a common problem with ferrets, they certainly can become overweight if fed a lot of high calorie treats. Be sure to check with your vet before you feed your ferret any human food. It is usually not recommended to offer ferrets human food, such as chips, cookies, or sweets, as treats. This can contribute to problems such as an upset stomach, pancreatitis, obesity, and in some instances (chocolate) can be fatal!
Small quantities of raw meat are often enjoyed, although be careful that the ferret does not stash the food for later as it will quickly go rotten, particularly in summer.