Ferret Food & Treats

Ferret Food & Treats

Ferrets are highly intelligent and social pets who belong to members of the weasel family that have been domesticated for over 2000 years. They live between five to seven years and are curious little creatures. They are known for their happy, inquisitive nature and humorous behaviour.

Some ferrets communicate by making entertaining noises or by using body language. They also Nip to get attention or show defensiveness when awakened.


In case you are looking to house a Ferret, you need to provide a large, multi-tiered, wire-sided cage that is well ventilation, has a secure door, and a solid floor.

Ensure that the openings between the wires are small enough so the cage is escape-proof.

 Your Ferret home should also include a hammock, hiding place, litter box, and toys. It is best to provide your Ferret with the largest home possible.


Now let's focus on the purpose of this article.


Ferret Food

Ferrets have a short intestinal tract hence absorb nutrients inefficiently. They are carnivorous.

We know there is a possibility that you may not like the idea of feeding raw food to your ferret however, it is important to note that raw meat replicates your Ferret's natural diet and meets most of its nutritional needs. So, make sure you buy quality meat and rodents from reputable retailers. Avoid playing "the hunter" by trying to catch any rodents by yourself. This is risky as the rodents you catch may contain parasites.

Your ferret might try to hide some food in some corners for later on.  This could be hazardous as raw meat could get spoilt, and cause food poisoning. Stop it by taking away leftovers in hidden corners.


Your baby Ferret food

Baby ferrets can be fed a combination of fresh meat, goats or low lactose milk, and water. They tend to bond with their food as Kits, and once they’re older, it’s harder to change their eating habits. Occasionally, you could also give them soft foods such as baby food (high in meat protein), or dried food soaked in water so they don't reject soft food when they are ill.


Ferret Treats

Although Ferrets are great hunters, they have very small mouths, very sensitive gums, and mouth tissues. Make sure you only provide treats that are softer or have smoothed edges to avoid injuries on their gum and mouth tissues.

To avoid a scenario where your Ferret chokes on its treats, ensure that the treats you give to your ferret are pre-prepared in bite-sized pieces.

You could use the following treats to “test the waters” of your ferret’s palate and see what he most prefers.

  1. Tidymix Banana Chips Treat
  2. Sweet Banana Chips Treat
  3. Tidymix Diced Papaya Treat


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Ferret Hygiene

Ferret usually does a pretty good job of cleaning themselves like a cat.

Even though ferrets are naturally clean animals, they are very well known for their musky odour. Bathing for Ferrets should be kept to a minimum – at most, once or twice a month because it strips your ferret skin and coat of all of the natural oil, causing its body to overcompensate and produce more.



Because your ferret is a very cute pet, it can be so tempting to give it food items and treats that it seems to enjoy. However, remember that your ferret's little bodies might not want it.

Please note that his article is intended to guide you only. If you're unsure about what to feed your ferret, you should consult your vet.


Hope you have found this article very helpful.

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