Q: Can Ferrets Eat Carrots, and other Vegetables?
A: Do not feed ferrets whole raw carrots, bones, chocolate, hard vegetables, or high sugar foods. Whole raw vegetables can give your ferret bowel obstructions, which can be removed surgically. If you want to feed ferrets carrots, cook or mash the carrots first, so they are easier to eat and digest.
Foods ferrets should not have:
- food and beverages with high sugar content;
- products containing caffeine;
- Dried fruit (although some people give their ferrets raisins, but they should have very, very few raisins, I just stay away from them);
- Most cereals (some are ok, like Cheerios and Kix, should be low in salt and sugar and served no more than one or two a day);
- vegetables (this may become lodged in the gastrointestinal tract);
- dairy products (some say they are lactose intolerant, others say that they are not, either way dairy products are not the best for them);
- Seeds and nuts (they can cause blockages);
- chocolate (high doses can be fatal);
- salty foods;
- most of the ferret treats on the market (most are very high in sugar and have very little or no meat, so be sure to check the labels).
Why not Carrots For ferrets?
For one, they are very little nutritional value to ferrets, and two ferrets can not digest them properly, because there lack the organs to do so. Peas, carrots – any vegetable or fruit for that matter – has ZERO nutritional value for ferrets.
Even just as treats, do not feed them to your ferret, because they can not digest it. So no, don’t feed your ferret lettuce, vegetables or carrots, they probably won’t eat it, even if you tried to feed it to them. Both can be toxic to ferrets, like dogs and cats.
Too be on the safe don’t give your ferret anything if it is not specified for ferrets. Currently, I feed my ferret mix Totally Ferret Baby, Totally Ferret Turkey, Lamb, and Vension
What should Ferrets Eat?
In nature, ferrets eat insects, worms, and probably whatever has been left behind by other omnivores.
Yes, ferrets on a natural diet usually eat mice and chicken. If you cook chicken, bones can be brought to the ferrets to eat. Some people feed a whole chicken or rabbit, offal and all, and others put it through a food processor to make sure their ferrets can eat everything. Ferrets also eat chicks, mince, heart, liver, eggs. If you feed your ferret a diet mainly wet / minced meat diet Your ferret will probably develop a high level of Tarter and have bad breath.
The main point is that ferrets are carnivores and there are better things to feed your ferret than vegetables, but if you do give any fruits or vegetables, at least keep it to a very small amount, so as not to cause any problems for your ferret. Ferrets should eat only meat and fat, and should avoid grains, fruits and vegetables.
Another thing to consider before giving the ferret any other type of food is that ferrets are simply unable to digest carbohydrates, which are found in fruits and vegetables (see Healthy Ferret Food For more information on this).
Good Ferret Treats
Ferrets love vitamin pastes, which are good for training based on reward. However, from time to time you can use ferret feast, or a drop of as a reward. You can give Nutrical and Duck Soup (which is a mixture of many meat based ingredients) for a ferret as a treat, from time to time so it will be used to them in case they get sick!
Occasional treats may be Gut-loaded crickets, silk worms, or small amounts of vegetables and fruit sprinkled with vitamin supplement.
Some ferrets love eating insects – if you want to give ferrets insects as a treat, then you can probably find them in cans in pet stores that also provide food for reptiles. Ferrets should not eat carrots, but a bug that was burrowing through the carrot is good.