Can Ferrets Eat Bread and Grains?

Q: Can ferrets eat bread, grains, and milk for their whole diet?

A: Do not feed ferrets bread and milk, bread gives them diarrhea, and they cannot digest it. Some people think bread and milk is the right diet for ferrets. But they are carnivorous and cannot eat bread and milk in their overall diet.

Therefore, minimize grains like:

  • bread
  • pasta
  • rice
  • potatoes
  • all different kinds of chips
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • millet
  • corn grits
  • polenta or blended corn kernels
  • whole grain bread or pasta, oats, etc.
  • crackers, pretzels etc.

Because ferrets can not digest sugars, carbohydrates, such as bread and potatoes, vegetables and may cause disease, make sure that the ferret can not get a hold of these things in the future. Be especially careful of snacks that come in bags, making sure to keep them out of reach of your ferret.

I wouldn’t worry about a small piece of bread, assuming that’s what it was (and not rat poison or something that looks like bread.)

What Happens When You Feed Bread to Ferrets?

Wheat grains and foods are all around us. We love our bagels, pasta, breads and cereals. But these are filled with wheat gluten-based products that are not good for our ferrets.

There are reports of unwitting ferret owners who have fed their animals on bread and milk, and this led to bad teeth, diarrhea, obesity and smelly poos, as well as poor nutrition, which is harmful to the health of the animal. Large quantities of bread or potatoes, fed at the same time, are often be indigestible, and thus lead to intestinal problems like bloating. Carbohydrates such as bread can also lead to diseases of the pancreas.

Many claim to have seen these deformities in ferrets many years ago, when breeders fed milk and bread to their fuzzes during hunting. Therefore, do not feed the ferret any cereals and foods such as fiber-based breads and pastries, nuts, fruits, vegetables and dairy products.

Other no-nos are grapes and raisins (which cause renal failure in genetically similar skunks), citrus fruits, onions, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, large quantities of vegetables or any fruit, candies, chocolates, sweets, a large amount of cows milk, bread,  or any rices or pasta and things like that.

Can Ferrets eat raw bread dough?

The last and most important thing to note is that you should never feed ferrets unbaked or raw bread crumbs. When the pet eats cake or pie, it will just sit in the stomach of the animal, and expand, causing blockages.

Should Ferrets Eat Carbs?

Bread is a rich source of energy, providing carbohydrates, it is low in fat, it contains proteins, vitamins and minerals and is very healthy – for a human.

Ferrets can not easily digest large amounts of fiber and complex carbohydrates so avoid bread and cereals. High treated carbohydrates such as cookies, cereals, pasta, and can lead to diseases of the pancreas.

About a week ago we started feeding our ferret some dried oat bran flakes, wheat, and bread, shredded. Provided that this is a rare type of treat, and you do not give your ferret lots (especially with pears, raisins, and bread), you should be fine.

What Ferrets should eat

When we had 2 ferrets we fed them cat food, do not feed much bread and milk, as it upsets their stomachs and gives them runny poo. You can get a dry ferret food from any pet store and once a week give them a little treat like ground beef or rabbit.

You can also try and cut a few pieces of chicken croquet size and crush up a little bit of chicken and bread with him and see if she eats. I use a food processor and process a large scoop of cold goop of chicken in a food processor until it makes a ball (resembling a ball of dough, if you’ve ever make bread).

You can also try to spread croquet ground layer on top of the soup – Kind of like breadcrumbs on a lasagna.

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