I’ve owned two of the stinky slinkies, aka “ferrets,” over the years, and I can safely tell you that a healthy diet goes a very long way when it comes to the longevity, health and happiness of your pet ferret. It is way too easy to provide poor nutrition to a ferret, so here’s a handy list of tips to ensure your ferret eats well!

 

While it’s very tempting to simply provide your ferrets with dry cat or dog food, please don’t! It’s true that a ferret’s diet should be high in protein and fat, at least 34% and 22% respectively, but there’s a reason you don’t feed dogs cat food and vice-versa. Cat and dog food isn’t made to the nutritional standards that your ferret needs, so it’s well worth going out of your way to buy a large bag of dedicated ferret kibble, like Marshall or Zupreem.

Unfortunately, ferrets can be bouncy fuzzballs that can easily knock over their food dishes, but if you buy a heavy ceramic bowl, the chip and chew resistant container should stay upright in the cage. Don’t forget to clean the food and water dishes every day!

Ferrets love treats just as much as you do, and the occasional taste of turkey or chicken is a fantastic supplement to their diets. Bananas, cantaloupe and other soft fruits are always a favorite snack amongst ferrets, but due to their natural high sugar content, limit this exotic treat to once a week or so.

Be sure to enhance your ferret’s life with plenty of cuddles, playtime and love, and you’ll have a supremely healthy ferret who will hide your stuff for many years to come!

Sources: Petsmart, Humane Society

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