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Small Pet (Mustela putorius furo)

Experience Level: Advanced

ferret in habitat

Nutrition & Maintenance

Nutrition and Maintenance
• Ferrets are carnivores and require diets high in protein.

• Pellets should always be placed in a bowl and not directly on the bedding to avoid accidental ingestion of the bedding.

• Food and water bowls/bottles should be cleaned once daily.

Dietary Options
  Examples Feeding Frequency
Prepared Diets* Commercially prepared pelleted diets Refresh food daily keeping the bowl approximately 3/4 full. 
Fruit Papaya, banana, melon Once weekly; should only constitute 5% of diet. Offer only enough to be consumed in four hours. 
*Pelleted diets are meat based and are fortified with optimal levels of vitamins and minerals like calcium and vitamin D3. Pelleted diets may also have antioxidants and fatty acids to support a healthy immune system. 

 

Water
Water bottles should be emptied and refilled daily.

Safety and Cleanliness
Use caution when handling pets and remember that all pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Remember to never grab your pet’s fur or tail, the hair will pull out. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning your pet’s home.