Earlier we talked about getting started with ferrets as pets, but we didn’t cover ferret food. And ferret nutrition is an important consideration – maybe more important than choosing the right ferret for your family and the best cage for your carpet shark.
When I first found Rikki, I was told by an “expert” ferret owner that I could feed her cat food. But I soon found out that this is a definite no-no! Most cat foods contain a lot of different fillers. You should never feed your ferret cat food unless it is very high quality with a high quality-protein content – and then only occasionally.
Then, when I found this out, I set off to Wal-Mart to buy some food specifically designed for ferrets. But the ferret food I found there had a lot of grain and fruit in it. Again, NOT good for ferrets.
I finally got smart and began some in-depth online research. I learned that because ferrets are full carnivores, they require a diet high in animal-based proteins with a good measure of animal fat. I also stumbled across the Marshall site and learned about their food for ferrets.
I also found out, when I got Possum from our local pet store, that you get a guarantee with a Marshall baby. If you feed only Marshall ferret food, they will replace your baby (your ferret) if (Heaven forbid) “something happens to it” within the first year.
As for other brands of ferret food, I really don’t know much about them. I have always fed my babies Marshall Premium Ferret Diet – and probably always will.
But if you know of a better ferret-food value than Marshall’s, I would love to hear more about it.