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Best Ferret Food for 2020

Ferrets mostly eat a diet of meats, bones and whole animals. They are obligate carnivores and giving them carrot or apple as you would a hamster or rabbit could actually make them very ill.

But as well as meat, ferrets can be given a small amount of dried ferret kibble which is high in meat content. This doesn’t just make it a bit easier for you at times but also helps to keep their teeth clean, and it often has indeed ingredients such as yucca to prevent odour and vitamins for coat condition.

Want to know what the best dried ferret food is? Look no further than below.

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    Our Top Picks

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    James Wellbeloved Complete Dry Ferret Food
    • Popular pick
    • Friendly on ferret's digestive system
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    Science Selective Ferret
    • Choice of bag sizes
    • No selective feeding
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    Vitalin Ferret Food
    • Added taurine
    • Prebiotics for digestion
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    The Top 10 Ferret Foods Reviewed

    1.
    James Wellbeloved Complete Dry Ferret Food

    Available in a very generous 10kg bag, this is by far the most popular ferret food on the market, and with good reason.

    It is hypo-allergenic, and there are no nasty additives included which could be harmful. There is also no beef or pork, which are two types of meat that can commonly contain parasites or pathogens which make your ferret ill, so many owners avoid it.

    There is 40% turkey meal and 10.8% turkey fat, so it is high in overall meat content, with a few other beneficial bits thrown in too, which is why we think it is the best.

    Features

    • Popular pick
    • Friendly on ferret's digestive system

    Specifications

    • Capacity: 2kg, 10kg
    • Ingredients: Turkey Meal, Wheat, Turkey Fat, Ocean White Fish Meal, Turkey Gravy, Potato Protein, Sugar Beet Pulp, Linseed, Yeast Extract, Yucca Extract

    2.
    Science Selective Ferret

    Created to form part of a balanced diet, this food has all the protein, oils, vitamins and minerals. It contains 36% chicken and turkey protein, so it’s easy to digest and linseed and Taurine are included to help keep coats and bodies healthy.

    There is no added sugar or any other additives, and every single nugget is the same so it prevents selective feeding. The makeup of the biscuits is also great for teeth, being just hard enough to keep them clean and healthy.

    There are vitamins A 15000 IU and D3 1500 IU, and you can buy it in a small 350g bag if you want to try something without spending too much first.

    Features

    • Choice of bag sizes
    • No selective feeding

    Specifications

    • Capacity: 350g, 2kg, 10kg
    • Ingredients: Poultry Meal, Wheat, Refined Chicken Oil, Fish Meal, Turkey Meal, Sugar Beet Pulp, Potato Protein, Linseed, Chicken Liver Digest, Soybean Oil, Salt

    3.
    Vitalin Ferret Food

    Complete and balanced, and perfect for ferrets over the age of 3 weeks.

    It contains 48% chicken, making it one of the highest meat concentrations of dry food on the market. There is added fish oil, to keep their skin and fur healthy. Many users have said that their ferret seems to eat less of this than with other brands, which suggests it is a lot higher in nutritional value and keeps them fuller for longer.

    Features

    • Added taurine
    • Prebiotics for digestion

    Specifications

    • Capacity: 2kg, 12kg
    • Ingredients: Chicken Meat Meal, Rice, Chicken Oil, Sugar Beet, Fish Meal, Fish Oil, Chicken Liver Digest, Brewers Yeast, Fructo-oligosaccharides, Mannan-oligosaccharides, Extract of Yucca Schidigera

    4.
    Alpha Ferret Feast Small Animal Food

    Premium food which is nutritionally formulated, this Alpha blend contains a high proportion of poultry meal and fish meal for a good source of protein.

    Some good news for you is that it is virtually odourless, which is brilliant as seeing they have to be fed a pretty meat-heavy raw diet otherwise. They still get all of the necessary vitamins and goodness, and the nuggets are crunchy which is perfect for oral and teeth health.

    If you’re feeding a kit, it can handily be moistened with warm water to make it a bit more palatable, however.

    Features

    • Easy to moisten
    • No smell

    Specifications

    • Capacity: 2.5kg, 10kg
    • Ingredients: Poultry Meat Meal, Wheat, Fish Meal, Maize, Poultry Oil, Maize Gluten Meal, Brewers Yeast, Sugar Beet, Linseed, Extract of Yucca Schidigera

    5.
    Dodson & Horrell Chudleys Ferret Food

    Chicken rich and high in meat content, these nuggets are both crunchy to promote good teeth health as well as being a good elongated smooth shape which makes them easy to pick up and eat. This is perfect for any which struggle with non-rounded shapes.

    They can be moistened to feed to young ferrets, and it is a good alternative to fresh meat on occasion.

    Features

    • Mix of different proteins

    Specifications

    • Capacity: 2kg, 15kg
    • Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat, Prairie Meal, Rice, Maize, Wheat, Salmon, Chicken Liver, Yeast, Lecithin, Mannan Oligosaccharides, Blackcurrant, Kale, Spinach, Beetroot, Yucca, Rosemary, Rosehip & Pomegranate

    6.
    Pets at Home Ferret Nuggets

    Nuggets are great, as they are all the same, preventing selective feeding which is good news for any owners whose ferrets pick out just what they like.

    Everything they need and more is packed into every nugget, with a high meat content and added vitamins which gives them their protein and all the extras. They’re easy to give to your pet as well and aren’t a pain to clean up if some are leftover.

    Features

    • Good mix of items

    Specifications

    • Capacity: 2kg
    • Ingredients: Chicken Meal, Wheat, Poultry Fat, Soyabean Meal, Whole Linseed, Wheatfeed, Oatfeed, Maize, Fish Meal, Soya Oil, Chicken Liver Digest, Soya Bean Hull, Dicalcium Phosphate, Short Chaim Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals

    7.
    Burgess Excel Ferret Nuggets

    Burgess are pros at making small animal feed, and their rabbit food is definitely the top of our review. No surprises that their ferret food also makes an appearance then!

    High-quality ingredients are packed into every nugget which prevents selective feeding and there is added taurine, to keep their coat in great condition and also keep their eyesight healthy. There is also Prebiotic to help stimulate the beneficial gut bacteria, so this could be good food if you have a ferret who doesn’t seem to agree with some other dried brands.

    You can even order it on a repeat delivery, so you never run out, which is perfect for anyone who owns multiple ferrets.

    Features

    • Popular brand

    Specifications

    • Capacity: 2kg
    • Ingredients: Poultry Meal Rice, Poultry Fat, Fish Meal, Hydrolysed Poultry Meal, Brewer’s Yeast, Beet Pulp, Poultry Gravy, Salt, Fructo-Oligosaccharides, Potassium Chloride

    8.
    Mr Johnson's Advance Ferret Food

    Not only does this food contain the essential high meat content, but there is also added Verm-X for intestinal hygiene, Omega 3 for healthy skin and coat, and a prebiotic to aid digestion.

    The nuggets are crunchy, to keep their teeth healthy, and you can soften them to feed kits from the age of three weeks for a couple of weeks until they get used to the hard texture.

    They should have around 40-60g per day, and it can be given to pregnant or lactating jills.

    Features

    • Complete and balanced

    Specifications

    • Capacity: 2kg
    • Ingredients: Poultry Meat Meal, Rice, Poultry Oil, Maize, Gluten Meal, Sugar Beet, Fish Meal, Brewers Yeast, Egg Powder, Fructo-oligosccharide, Mannan-oligosaccharide, Extract Of Yucca, Verm - X Herb Blend

    9.
    Dr. John Merlin Ferret Food

    This food is packed with protein from high levels of chicken with liver, and eggs to provide an energy-rich nutritious diet that ferrets will find palatable and enjoy eating.

    Omega 3 and 6 oils are added to ensure a healthy coat and skin, and there are also vitamins included for all-round goodness. This means your pet is getting everything they need in one handy nugget.

    Features

    • Over 50% meat and oils

    Specifications

    • Capacity: 2kg, 10kg
    • Ingredients: Crude Protein 37.5%, Crude Oils & Fats 20%, Crude Fibres 2%, Crude Ash 6.5%

    10.
    Extra Select Complete Dry Ferret Food

    A complete feed for all breeds of ferret, this Extra Select is easy to digest and a good shape to eat.

    It comes in a very generous 10kg bag and is a great price for how much you get. They’re crunchy biscuits, for teeth health, and contain high-quality chicken and fish protein.

    36% protein isn’t the highest available, but it is fine if you will be feeding these biscuits just as an occasional treat alongside raw meat most of the time. But there are good reviews about how much ferrets seem to like it, and there is always an empty bowl.

    Features

    • Appealing taste
    • Big bag

    Specifications

    • Capacity: 10kg
    • Ingredients: Poultry Meat Meal, Whole Wheat, Fish Meal, Whole Maize, Poultry Oil, Maize Gluten Meal, Brewers Yeast, Sugar Beet, Whole Linseed, Extract of Yucca Schidigera

    Buying Guide

    Ingredients

    Ferret biscuits should always be as high meat content as possible. This is usually around 40-50%.

    Which meat exactly can differ. They will naturally eat chicken, turkey, lamb and similar, but biscuits may also contain fish. Oils will likely be another ingredient which is beneficial, as it will keep their coat shiny.

    When buying dried ferret food, it should contain more meat protein than any other product. If it’s high in carbohydrate and fibre then you should avoid it.

    Many contain Yucca extract, which is a plant you may have in your living room but when in food, can act as a natural deodoriser – perfect for meat-based food which can get a bit smelly, and for reducing the odour of their stool waste.

    Capacity

    Ferret food is often available in bags of between 2 and 15kg.

    If you’re just starting your ferret out on dried biscuits, it is best to start with a small bag just in case they don’t like it. Once you’ve found the right blend, buying in bulk can save you some money and ensure you don’t run out of what is a crucial part of your ferret’s diet.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    How much ferret food can I give my ferret?

    This depends on a few things – what else they eat, and the guidance on the packet.

    Commonly, it is around 50g per day alongside raw meat. But it can depend on how high the meat content is. Some dry food can also replace a lot of the actual raw meat that they eat, in which case you’ll have to feed them more.

    The food contains carbohydrate or fibre sources…is it suitable?

    Don’t worry – even though they aren’t meant to have carbohydrates and fibre in normal circumstances, the contents in this specially made food will be just the right balance of beneficial as opposed to dangerous.

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