Ferrets are obligate carnivorous, which means they eat meat only. Ferrets are not able to eat meat that has been seasoned with spices. Spices can cause an upset stomach in ferrets, and they will most likely vomit the food back up.
They have very delicate digestive systems and cannot eat salt or any other seasoning used in sausage.
Ferrets original from Northern Europe. They have been domesticated and bred for more than 2000 years. Ferrets are members of the mustelid family, which includes weasels, badgers, and minks.
Ferrets have an average life span of eight to ten years. Ferrets that are kept as pets live longer than those living in the wild.
Ferrets that are well taken care of can live up to twelve years old. Ferrets have specialized dietary needs, so they must be fed a high-quality meat-based diet with essential minerals added as supplements in their food.
And even though sausage supposedly consists of meat, there are many other ingredients in there.
Ferrets are carnivores, which means they need meat to survive. Spices or other additions to sausage can cause an upset stomach in ferrets, and they will most likely vomit, so it is not a good idea to feed them a sausage.
Ferrets also have a very sensitive digestive system, so they cannot eat anything with salt in it or anything that isn’t part of their natural diet.
Foods that Ferrets can Eat
Carbohydrates and vegetable protein in most fruit and vegetables can lead to illness for your ferret.
Ferrets, as carnivores, need high protein and fat in their diet. They don’t eat a lot but should have a high-quality diet. Chicken is ideal for ferrets because it is food that ferrets can eat. A little beef or pork should be mixed in to help with the fatty acid diet.
It’s essential to ensure that your ferret has the right kind of diet and a varied diet. A balanced diet includes meat, bones, and organs. The ratio is often promoted as 80/10/10
- 80% protein
- 10% fat
- 10% organs
Beef or pork can help with the fatty acid content of their food. These should be mixed in with chicken as your ferret’s primary source of protein for the day.
- chicken wings
- turkey necks
- ground beef
- fish (seldom)
- eggs (seldomly)
Whole prey suitable for ferrets
You will have a good chance of finding those in pet stores that sell snakes. You buy them dead – and once put in an airtight container – you could store those in your freezer…
Make sure to defrost any food you plan to give your ferret. Do it over a day or two.
If you can find them, whole rats, mice, or chicks, they are probably the best source of protein for your ferret. If you feed whole prey, your ferret may want to play with it first (which could be fun for him) and possibly try to hide it to “save” it (so you might have to take it away if he does this).
Try to get the meat as fresh as possible, so it has a good smell and looks. And yes – it’s fed raw.
How much does a ferret eat per day?
A ferret will usually eat 5-7% of its body weight each day. This is just a guide, so the actual intake of your ferret may vary.
How often should your ferret eat?
Ferrets should have access to food all day around. They are highly energy animals and need a constant supply of food. Ideally, ferrets will eat 5-8 times per day.
Feeding a raw diet to your ferret will likely result in fewer portions per day. Raw meat has more energy than kibble.
Can Ferrets eat Kibble?
Yes. There is a unique kibble available for ferrets. It is called a ferret kibble, and it is made out of the same ingredients that ferrets would eat in the wild – meat protein!
However, not all ferrets like this food, and some might prefer wet food. Some wet cat foods meet the criteria of your ferret.
Make sure always to read the ingredient list. Ferrets should not eat sugar, fillers, wheat, starch, corn, or nuts. Most dog and/or cat foods include those ingredients!
Many ferret owners have had good luck with Kibble, but it is not necessarily the best option – Best would always be a raw meat diet.
Ferrets are picky
Now, you have prepared the nicest raw chicken breast you found – only to watch your ferret not even look at it…
Especially ferrets from pet stores are not used to fresh meats. They had kibble from an early age – and are imprinted to it.
In this case, you have to introduce meat to your furry friends’ diet gradually. Place some small pieces of meat onto their kibble. Maybe even add a little water and make the food a little more moisture.
It will take a while, but eventually, your chances are good that your little friend will eat it…
Ferrets that chew or bite on something are indicative that they are enthusiastically interested in the item.
Ferrets should not eat sausage. They are strict meat-eaters and can not digest anything other but meat. You should avoid giving them salty foods and foods with lots of sugar.
There are cases where they can get sick or even die from inappropriate foods.
Ferrets are strict carnivores meaning they eat meat. You should make sure that your ferret is only eating meat. It could get sick from something like sausage.