I would like to know how much should i feed my ferrets?
I was only told to keep fresh food for them all the
time. How much should they truely eat a day????
Ferrets should have food available at ALL times
DAY and NIGHT. Since you are feeding them dry kibble,
give them about 3/4 cup for EACH ferret and change
out the food each day, if you see a lot left then
don't give them so much. If you see they are leaving
a lot then give them less, however you will need
to make sure they always have food and the dish is
Ferrets eat every 3-4 hours and if hungry can have
problems with low blood sugar, also several people
have written me because their ferrets have starting
biting, mostly because the pet shop neglected to
tell them that food is necessary around the clock
and the ferrets are starving, so they bite.
Thank you for your advice I really would like to find a diet that is good for
Tony so that he is healthy. The reason the vet told me to put him on kitten
food was because when I got him from Petco I got some ferret food and was
feeding him it. But he was eating very little and most of the time he would
not eat it so a week later after I took him to the vet he said he was undernourished
and I should feed him kitten food for a while. So now that he is almost 6
month I would like to put him back on ferret food If you could tell me a
good kind to use and a brand I can find at the store I would appreciate it.
We only sell natural foods for ferrets
as there are so many additives in the commercial
foods. Don't forget to read the articles
DIET in the FERRET
SCHOOL on my site. Buying a
cheaper food is detrimental to the ferret
and will only increase the costs of veterinary
care, my advice would be to feed a really
HIGH MEAT PROTEIN FOOD, one that is ALL NATURAL,
even a combination of 2-3 foods is preferable,
incase one becomes unavailable you will not
have to make a sudden switch which could
cause all kinds of intestinal problems!
I just found your place and was reading about feeding Ferrets Wysong Archetype,
it sounds great. I was wondering, is it ok to feed my Ferrets raw chicken
livers, and if it is ok, how often is it ok to feed it to them?
You can give raw chicken liver maybe
once a week, about a teaspoonful. The key
to health is having a balance in meat and
organ meat, if you look at a rabbit, the
liver would be small in comparison to the
rest of the body, so ferrets would only eat
a portion of the whole rabbit.
I have read thru the previous questions and have not
seen a true opinion so I was wondering in your opinion
what is the best dry ferret food? I know to look
for meat and get the right percentages of protein
and fat etc.. But what do you feel is the best over
the counter food?
Food is a matter of whether the ferrets
will eat it, or not! I feed and have fed
my ferrets WYSONG for years, simply because
it is all natural and I can rely on the
ingredients being the most reliable. EVO
and Eagle Pack are both good companies
and have natural ingredients so the choice
would be yours to try. I personally feed
a mixture to my ferrets as there have been
times that one of the foods has not been
available and so this way the ferrets do
a sudden switch of food.
Make sure whatever you decide that the
food is added to the original at the side of the dish
(not mixed in) as the odor from the new permeates the
old and the ferrets may refuse to eat. Slowly add more
each day until changeover is made.
I have one ferret (Cecil) and is currently eating a mixture
of Totally Ferret, Innova Evo Cat, and 8 in1. I want
to incorporate Eagle Pack Holistic and Archetype
2. My question....is there such thing as feeding
too many foods? I want to stop feeding the 8 in 1
because I'm not too crazy about the ingredients and
I'm really confused about Totally Ferret! It bothers
me that its not a natural food. I also try to feed
a frozen fuzzy and some semi-cooked beef....I'm really
concerned and need some help with Cecil's diet......I've
only had him for 3 weeks and he has stolen my heart,
I just want to give him the RIGHT nutrition. I have
done a lot of research thus far and just keep getting
Feeding a ferret can be very confusing
as the pet food companies claim so many
'good' things about their foods. Ferrets
were fed cat/kitten foods for many years
and then some companies decided to produce
ferret foods, to cash in on the ever growing
market, without doing the needed research!
Personally my ferrets are only fed natural
food diets and live on an average of 9
1/2 years, so I do promote the foods on
my site, as these are the foods fed to
all my ferrets.
Veterinarians are now realizing that
the ferret needs a higher meat protein diet than previously
thought, so any of the foods you mentioned would be
good to feed Cecil. You could change the EVO cat to EVO
FERRET, add the WYSONG
ARCHETYPAL 2 and EAGLE
PACK if you wish, then just keep Cecil
on those. Plus a snack of the Wysong
Archetype 1 and your frozen treats, that
would be a great diet!
I've had my ferret bandit for 2 years now. I've always tried to keep him as healthy
as possible. I read on your site that feeding ferrets cat food is a big no
no. That's what I've always given Bandit and now I'm scared. I never knew
you weren't supposed to give them cat food. So my question is what's wrong
with giving them cat food and what are the problems it can cause?
There is no problem with feeding Cat
Food, your ferret will be fine, unless you
are feeding him 'junk cat food', such as
is bought at the grocery store. Ferrets are
carnivores(meat eaters) so check the ingredients
and make sure that it has MEAT PROTEIN as
the first ingredient. Ferret food is designed
for ferrets, however some of the ferret food
on the market is nothing but grain and sugar
and will eventually harm the ferret. Please
take a look at the ingredients on some of
the ferret foods listed on my site, they
are ALL NATURAL products and therefore cost
more, but it will give you a good comparison
to what you are feeding.
I have a specific question about the diet I am feeding
my ferret. I will try to be brief: My female ferret,
Hannah, is 2 years old. I started feeding her Wysong
Arch #1 about 2 months ago. She will only eat it
if I mix in some baby food. I feed her this mixture
twice per day: 1tsp of Wysong Arch #1 bits mixed
with 1tsp of delmonte organic beef baby food (50%
protein and 43% fat with no preservatives, no artificial
flavors/colors and no modified starch in the baby
food). The remainder of the day Hannah has unlimited
access to Zupreem and 8 in 1 kibble.
Hannah just had a check-up the other
day and is in very good health. However, my vet is
concerned about the diet I'm feeding her. The vet is
comfortable with Zupreem and 8 in 1 kibble, but he
has never heard of Wysong before and he is not necessarily
comfortable with this diet because he doesn't have
any statistics on long term use of Wysong in ferrets.
He seems to think the diet I'm feeding Hannah might
contribute to a weight problem later. She currently
weighs 1.9 lbs on a petite frame, but I don't think
she looks overweight. Anyway, he expressed some concern
about a high protein diet and the indication that at
1.9 lbs on a petite frame might already indicate a
propensity for "chubbiness".
Wysong is rated better than any other
ferret food that I have ever read about and I'm really
glad that Hannah is eating it. I'm just writing to
ask you if you still endorse Wysong, if there are any
dangers, and if you would be concerned about the way
I am feeding Hannah the mixture of Wysong and baby
food. I am trying to avoid anything that might contribute
to insulinoma or any other health problems.
Please let me know if you think I should
alter her diet. She has started to look forward to
her Wysong/Baby food. breakfasts and dinners and is
eating less kibble. Her bowel movements have been very
healthy and she has been extremely alert and active
since I began this routine with her. I just have the
vet's nagging words in the back of my mind now, and
I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing for Hannah.
Thanks for any guidance
Thank you for being concerned about your
ferret's health! Why don't you print out
the article by Dr. Susan Brown (she is an
expert in the ferret world) in my FERRET
SCHOOL section: RETHINKING
THE FERRET DIET and give it
to your vet. Veterinarians, study little
about animal husbandry and diet and let's
face it, they study a lot about the medical
side of MANY different animals.
For what it is worth I have been feeding
my ferrets WYSONG CAT/KITTEN food for years and once,
Archetype for cats and dogs came out, started feeding
that as a healthy snack also. Since the ferret ARCHETYPES
have been on the market all of my ferrets eat it. You
may want to introduce the ARCHETYPE 2 into Hannah,s
diet, she will be better off for it.
There is no danger in the WYSONG foods
as far as Hannah developing insulinoma, it is as close
to the 'natural diet in the wild' that a ferret would
consume. Insulinoma is aggravated by all the sugars
and carbohydrates that people are feeding their ferrets.
Even some ferret foods contain too much junk in them
and the ferrets eat more to get the proteins and nutrients
I cook whole chickens for my ferrets
and they get 4-5 teaspoons twice a day, plus Archetype
1 as a healthy snack and a combination of Wysong kibbles.
None of my ferrets are fat and they have been on these
diets for over 14 years, plus their average life span
is 9 1/2 years, some making it to 12 years old.
You could also go to Dr. Wysong's health
site and read the benefits of feeding a healthy diet: www.wysong.net
In one of the last issues I recall reading about certain ferret foods which are
dangerous to them, because there is a greater risk of choking. I make sure
there aren't any pieces of dried fruit, yet both of my ferrets have choked
on their food on two separate occasions. It scares me and I don't know what
I could do to stop the choking. Do you have any suggestions?
You might want to take a look at the shape of the food and make sure it
is not getting stuck in the roof of their mouths. It might be best to get a smaller
My ferret (Mari) is nearly 3 years old but a very picky
eater. I use Marshall food and just bought her some
Kaytee. I haven't tried this yet but because she
is picky she kicks the food out of her bowl if she
is mad at me or doesn't Like the flavor! I want to
ensure she is eating the best food on the market
and I saw your advertisement for the Wysong Ferret
food and I will definitely pick some up. But I do
give her some baby food that is chicken and rice
or turkey barley. Is this ok? Sometimes I give her
treats (store bought) and/or cereal (only a couple
of pieces) and she loves it! But I don't want her
to get sick or hurt by this. I've read some sites
that say raisins and dried fruit is ok in moderation
and that's what I do. But what is the real deal?.
When you give new food do it gradually by placing a small amount in the
same bowl but at the side of the original food, DO NOT MIX, as the flavors will
combine and if Mari does not like the new food she will not eat and will get
As far as fruits and veggies go, ferrets
are carnivores(meateaters), they are not able to utilize
sugars and fibers, plus research is indicating that
sugar may play a part in causing insulinoma (tumors
on the pancreas) which presents as hypoglycemia (low
blood glucose), a very common disease in ferrets.
If you give her BABYFOOD, it needs to
be CHICKEN or TURKEY with broth, not with rice or barley
as these are carbohydrates which turn into sugars
I need to know what ferrets cannot eat. I found a cucumber
yesterday that she was nawing on and it seems like
all she wants to do is sleep. I dont know if this
is normal or if it made shes like 7 weeks old.
Ferrets are carnivores (meat eaters). She should be fed only a high quality
MEAT PROTEIN FERRET DIET. Ferrets do not digest fruits and vegetables, so please
do not give them to her.
If you want to give her a healthy snack
then buy some GERBER'S MEAT BABYFOOD (blue label) and
give her a teaspoonful of that a day along with ferret
kibble. You can have her lick it from your finger or
put in a shallow bowl, warm it first and add a little
PLEASE go to FERRET
SCHOOL: and read about the DANGERS
TO FERRETS before your ferret gets
into any more trouble.
What are some people food that a ferret can and can not eat.
A ferret is a carnivore (meat eater) and therefore should only eat meat. In the
wild the ferret would eat rabbits, mice, birds etc.. the 'whole thing', fur,
feathers and everything else.
You need to feed your ferret a high meat protein diet, so check the food you
are purchasing for him to make sure it has real meat in it. You can give him
bits of meat as a snack, however he may not eat it, so try giving him Gerber's
baby food, CHICKEN or TURKEY, you can give him this each day as a healthy snack
about 2-3 teaspoonfuls.
It is good to get him used to this as a snack, because if he should get sick,
this is easy to feed him and he will already be used to eating it. Do not give
him more as you will want him to eat his ferret food which has all the vitamins
and other nutrients that he needs.
Do NOT give him any sweets, fruits or vegetables as his system is not designed
for these foods and he cannot digest them, hope this helps.
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