Ferrets are obligate carnivores that means they thrive on meat. Ferrets are strict carnivores and also can ONLY digest meat, and also CANNOT digest fruits, greens or nuts. Read up on insulinoma – it’s the reason you really don’t want to give fruits to the ‘obligate carnivore’.
Like all carnivores, ferrets enjoy fruit and sweet vegetables for instance:
- cucumber, etc.
Ferrets lack the digestive capacity to process fruit, vegetables, grains, corn, or even sugar, however. You shouldn’t feed a ferret corn, fruit, vegetables, grain, or sugar. Raisins and bananas do have high sugar (bad for teeth), so avoid giving your ferret an excessive amount of of these fruits. However ensure the raisins do not have sugar anywhere on them. No sugary cereal either.
Additionally, sugars or sweets for any ferret are huge no-no, so check for items with almost no sugar. And also sugary stuff can cause tooth decay and other problems.
Ferrets lack the ability to digest fruit or even veg however, they’re carnivores and require meat. They are generally obligate carnivores and shouldn’t eat anything except meat, bone, and also organ meat.
Not only do they have a short digestive tract that does not respond well to fiber, but as carnivores, they are unable to convert plant matter to useable food.
All grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, milk products, and all types of sugar (molasses, corn syrup, malt syrup) ought to be avoided for ferrets.
Whole Prey Diets for Ferrets
Feed a premium diet – whole prey / uncooked meaty bones is best. They’d likewise enjoy a mouse (you can buy frozen ones online) or other little prey animals and also some crickets or different insects you’d feed a lizard. Whole prey includes mice, rats, chicks, rabbit ect.
One more option happens to be whole prey (mice), while taking additional care once feeding uncooked. The only home made treats a ferret should eat are whole prey or uncooked diets. Uncooked is actually essentially recreating whole prey using grocery store meats.
Ferrets fed whole feed/raw diets only need to be fed two times per day.
Keep in mind though, ferrets imprint on their food and some ferrets will not recognize whole prey as food directly.
Disease in Ferrets
I’ve seen what happens first hand to a ferret that was purely fed sugary cereal. Fruit has elevated levels of sugar and sugar is detrimental to ferrets (think diabetics). Extra sugar can easily kill a ferret.
Likewise, giving fruits and high sugar/carbohydrate foods to ferrets is thought to contribute to ‘Insulinoma’ in ferrets. Assuming the ferret suffers from insulinoma, fruits should be avoided due to the elevated sugar.
Can I Give My Ferret Fruit as a Treat?
Feeding the ferrets fruit treats will cause them to develop insulinoma tumors. Foods loaded with carbohydrates can increase the risk of dental problems and there is a chance that it could increase the risk of insulinoma.
There are lots of grains and other unsuitable ingredients that when fed over time, can trigger insulinoma. This is actually a cancer associated with the pancreas and happens to be fatal.
A lot of commercial foods are made with grains and other unsuitable ingredients. Eating these things has been correlated with the sickness insulinoma. They have elevated sugar content, and sugar in a ferrets diet can trigger insulinoma, and other disease. Eating these items can easily bring about disease (Insulinoma) and also blockages in the ferret. Adrenal disease, pancreatic tumors (insulinoma), and also lymphoma are typical in ferrets who are fed fruit, and over 3 years old.