Q: Can Ferrets Eat Vegetables, and some fruits?
Answer: You can start feeding your ferret fresh vegetables and fruits (fruit to a minimum, because it contains a lot of sugar,) romaine lettuce (NOT iceberg … it can be fatal), and cooked carrots, but start small at first. When feeding ferrets an “omnivorous” diet, at least 25% should be starches, and 75% should be three different kinds of green leafy vegetables.
Steps in Feeding Ferrets Fresh fruit and vegetables:
- When you first start out giving your ferret fruits or vegetables as a treat, choose different fruits or vegetables such as apple, banana, blueberries, grapes, melon, orange, papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, plums, raspberries, strawberries and all kinds of green stuffs and roots, which can be found in any store or super market, and mash it.
- Peel all the carrots, apples, cucumbers or use the carrots and save yourself a step. Peels contain fiber, which causes a fatal blockage in ferrets. Unexpanded adult ferret intestines are the diameter of uncooked elbow macaroni, so you can see how small piece of solid walnut (ferrets do not digest them like meat) can cause blockage, which may require life saving surgery if tests carried out by vet, and you can not remove it.
- Fruit and vegetables in Mash consistency of baby-food or cut into very small pieces that are easier to digest for ferrets. Add pieces of fruit no bigger than a fingernail on your little finger!
- Sort out large chunks, discarding the fruit or vegetable pieces larger than 1/2 inch in diameter. Pay attention to what you give them, and take into account the size, as there were reports of ferrets having a block with something as innocent as a piece of carrot stuck in their intestines.
- Choose one day a week to give Ferret their special treat. Give them a small, half-inch piece once a week or so. Raisins and bananas contain sugar (bad for teeth), so avoid giving your ferret too many of these fruits. Oranges and other citrus fruits may cause ulcers around their mouth so that only a small slice.
- If you are trying to feed the ferret vegetables and they do not want them, do not insist. Adult ferrets can be very particular and resistant to change. You can not make them eat more if they do not want, they will not eat it. Simply offer a wide selection of safe fruits and vegetables, and maybe find something like- and maybe not. Please try again in a few days or weeks, and if it does not want them, it is obvious that the ferret just does not find vegetables appealing.
- Finally, if the ferret still refuses, plan some group feeding. Because ferrets are animals that often eat in groups together, it is possible to convince them to try a new dish or food before if they see another ferret eat vegetables. I’ve heard of ferrets teaching each other to eat potatoes, carrots, crackers, meat, lunch, peaches, pears, and even oysters.
- For an added bonus, you can make carrot cake, and give a ferret carrots, making it a ferret carrot cake.
Ferret safe vegetables include mushrooms, potatoes, beans, squash, cauliflower, peppers (seeds removed), carrots, tomato salsa, and broccoli.
NOTE: Use ferret pellets, which can be purchased in pet shops to ensure you meet your ferrets nutritional needs. However, from time to time to give your ferret assorted bird seed, rolled oats, sunflower seeds (some ferrets love them …) and ready-to-eat corn and peas from the freezer, as a treat.
High Vitamin C Food for ferrets
Ferrets can not make their own vitamin C. If your ferret belonged to a previous owner, it probably lacks vitamin C, because it probably has not received vegetables, or received pellets ferrets that do not have extra vitamin c. Give the ferrets 1/8 green pepper every day, along with other vegetables to make sure it gets enough vitamin C. This prevents scurvy in ferrets.
How often can Ferrets eat vegetables?
Ferrets can eat cooked carrots and other soft vegetables, but only a little. My ferret eats a carrot, but not all the time, if you feed them for many will get spoiled and will not eat anything else.
Again, these things are good for ferrets, but use sparingly due to sugar content, your ferret could end up with diarrhea if you give him too much. However, if you give fruits and vegetables only as a treat, and the main diet is based on a kitten or ferret food box, you do not have to worry.
These animals are obligate carnivores, which means that they must animal proteins, together with various other types of nutrients.
Do Ferrets Eat fruits and vegetables?
Fruits are not good for ferrets, because they contain so much sugar. Similarly, giving fruit as well as high-sugar / carbohydrates ferrets is thought to contribute to the illness “insulinoma” in ferrets. Ferrets really should not have sweet things anyway, and they can not draw nutrients from plants (when food is based on plants, ferrets get a “seedy poo”, which is undigested nutrients and is not good for them).
Keep in mind that although it may seem healthy to give your ferret fruit (bananas, grapes, pears, melons), ferrets may not use a lot of nutrition and fiber fills them, and they are less likely to eat their meat based ferret food.
What is a Good Ferret Diet?
You can feed the ferret vegetables from time to time, but they should be fed a diet mainly of meat.
I think the general idea is that if they are getting at least 3 different types of meat / whole prey that are good. Ferrets also need a high-fat (18- 22%) diet, which allows them to digest protein and provides for its energy needs. The most suitable diet for ferrets would be all the food prey, such as rats, mice and chicks.
The bottom line is that ferrets use fat for energy not carbohydrates and they need a very digestible protein from meat, not based on vegetable protein.
Always seek veterinary advice if your pet is acting strangely, and research new information as accurately as possible, and then take it to the vet for their opinion before taking action on it. Vegetable matter is an interesting topic in the diet of ferrets. However, over the last 30 years of friendship with a veterinarian, I’ve taught him a thing or two about feeding ferrets vegetables.