The majority of cat foods fall short of providing a sufficient nutritional profile for your ferret. Kitten food is slightly better but we have researched the cat food market and found the three cat food products below that are suitable for ferrets. Each of these products will be covered in greater detail later in the article.
The Best Cat Food For Ferrets!
The Second Best Cat Food For Ferrets!
The Third Best Cat Food For Ferrets!
What To Look For In A Cat Food For Ferrets
The main reason that cat foods are unable to supply a satisfactory nutritional profile for your ferret is usually due to too little protein and too much fat. Although fat is the essential energy source for your ferret too much fat content in its diet can lead to ill health. Additional reasons include cat foods having either dairy or vegetable protein substitutes in them rather than real meat sources. Some also contain peas as a filler ingredient as well as having a fiber profile that is too high for your ferret.
If you choose to use a cat food that is not one from this article then we recommend that you ensure that its nutrient profile meets the below profile:-
- At least 30 percent protein.
- At least 15 percent fat.
- No more than 5 percent fiber.
If the metrics are slightly under the above recommendations then you can look for other suitable foods for ferrets to supplement that area.
The Best Cat Food For Ferrets
- 50 percent protein.
- 22 percent fat.
- 2.5 percent fiber.
It’s main three ingredients are herring, salmon, and white fish meal giving its high protein content from real meat sources. That said, one of its lower profile ingredients is pea that can be bad for ferrets. Although some ferret owners may choose to disregard the product due to this, we feel the rest of its potential benefits out weight the use of pea.
Although the Evo brand has developed an excellent reputation over the years it has been bought out by Proctor and Gambel whos pet food brands were then bought out by mars inc. To date, they have not changed any ingredients in the food mix and continue to produce an excellent product.
Question – Where is EVO grain-free cat food produced?
Answer – It is produced in their plant in Fremont, Nebraska, United States of America.
Question – Does EVO grain-free cat food have a strong scent to it?
Answer – Although it does have a scent, it is not classed as a “strong scent”.
Question – Where can I see a full ingredients list for EVO grain-free cat food?
Answer – The image below shows the full ingredients list directly from the manufacturer.
As this is a cat food, the majority of reports available are from cat owners not ferret owners. That said, we still like to share some third-party reports that are totally independent from us by pet owners who have either recently or who are currently using this product for their pet.
We have taken the key points from the reports and summarised them below in an attempt to make it easier to read them. You can still click on the associated links to read them in full if you wish.
- This report comments on how their pet had soft stools ever since they collected her from the breeder. They go on to comment on how they moved their pet over to EVO grain-free cat food and their stools have firmed up.
- This report comments on how they choose EVO grain-free cat food due to it being based on the ancestral diet for their pet and it being totally grain free.
The Second Best Cat Food For Ferrets
- 48 percent protein.
- 18 percent fat.
- 1.5 percent fiber.
The three main ingredients are chicken meal, deboned chicken, and deboned turkey. Agin, this cat food does contain a small amount of pea but in our opinion, the rest of its nutritional profile more than makes up for it.
This report from a ferret owner comments on the positive effect of this food mix on their pets coats making it nice and soft. This report from another ferret owner comments on the taste of the food an hour their ferrets love the food.
Question – Where is Petcurean GO produced?
Answer – Canada with ingredients sourced from all over North America.
Question – What is the “meal” ingredients?
Answer – A meat meal is basically the muscle of the listed animal with the water removed. For example, duck meal is the muscle of duck that has been dehydrated.
The Third Best Cat Food For Ferrets
- 45 percent protein.
- 18 percent fat.
- 3 percent fiber.
The three main ingredients of the food mix are deboned turkey, deboned chicken, and chicken meal. Similar to the other products on this list, this food mix also contains peas as one of its ingredients.
Question – Where is Wellness CORE Natural produced?
Answer – It is produced in the United States of America.
Question – Where can I see a full nutritional breakdown for Wellness CORE Natural?
Answer – The image below shows the nutritional breakdown for this food.
Question – Where can I find a full ingredients list for Wellness CORE Natural?
Answer – The image below shows the full ingredients list for the product.
Transitioning Your Ferret From One Food To Another
A common problem with ferrets switching from one diet to another is digestive upset or refusal to eat the new food. Our post on how to make a ferret eat new food will help offer guidance on how to transition your ferret between one food type and another.
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