In this article, we will be taking a look at how to make a ferret eat new food. Many people have to swap food brands for various reasons while they keep ferrets. Unfortunately, some ferrets can protest this change by refusing to eat the new food type.
Although many foods are suitable there are a few that aren’t. A common reason we have seen for ferrets not eating a new food brand is its content. Ferrets have evolved to be unable to process vegetables and fruits.
For example, if you are trying to transition your ferret from a high-meat ferret food to a dog food it is common for the ferret to refuse it. As dogs are omnivores, their food is usually packed out with vegetables to reduce costs.
Suitable ferret foods need to be:-
- At least 30 percent protein.
- At least 15 percent fat.
- No more than 5 percent fiber.
Our article on why ferrets need fats goes into more detail on the above-recommended breakdown.
How To Make A Ferret Eat New Food
We will presume that you are trying to transfer your ferret onto a suitable new food for them for the rest of the article. We will cover two suitable dry foods for ferrets later in the article or you can check out our ferret food list post to make sure your foods are suitable.
In our opinion, the easiest way to change any pets diet from one food to another is to use a transition period. This strategy has proven effective time and time again by pet owners the world over. Not only does it ease your pet into its new food but it also helps avoid any digestive upset in your pet due to a rapidly changing diet.
A standard transition period would look a little similar to this:-
- Phase One – 75% old food – 25% new food.
- Phase Two – 50% old food – 50% new food.
- Phase Three – 25% old food – 75% new food.
- Phase Four – 100% new food.
There is no set time limit for each of the phases, they can last anywhere from one day to a week or two, it totally depends on your pet. During the first phase of the transition, try to reduce all alternative food sources as much as possible to encourage your ferret to eat its new food. Clean your ferret’s cage thoroughly too as ferrets are prone to hiding food for later.
Each stage is complete when your ferret has consumed all or a majority of its food for that day. As the ferret’s owner, you will be in a better place to judge what a normal amount of consumption of the meal is.
The Best Food For Ferrets
Not only do ferrets enjoy eating the food but it also has ideal macronutrient breakdowns to assist your ferret in living a healthy life. The food mix has been specifically designed to be suitable for all stages of life for your ferret so if you get it onto marshalls food early in life, there should be no reason to have to transition it onto anything else in the future.
Wysong Ferret Food
Either of the ferret foods about are perfect to transition your ferret on. They have both been designed specifically for the preferred tastes of ferrets reducing the chance of your ferret protesting when you offer it to them.
That said, we still recommend that you use the transition method explained earlier in the article when switching your ferret to a new food. This will help reduce the chance of any unnecessary digestive upset during the process.
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