Best ferret food (for a complete and balanced nutrition) | 2018 REVIEW

Best ferret food (for a complete and balanced nutrition) | 2018 REVIEW

We know how hard it is to choose the best food to give your pets. They are basically a part of our family and we just want to provide them with everything they need to have a healthy life.

That's why, we've made a review of the best ferret food out there to help you decide which one will be a great source of minerals and nutrients for your pet. We hope this helps!

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Wysong Ferret Epigen 90 Digestive Support

Wysong Ferret Epigen 90 Digestive Support - Dry Ferret Food - 5 Pound Bag

Summary:

This product contains 62% protein which is so much higher than the prescribed amount of at least 34%. The 16% fat however, is quite low from the recommended amount of 20%. With that said, you might need to feed your Ferrets supplements to compensate for the lost fat. Also, the 5% fiber is a little higher that the prescribed amount which is below 3%.


It helps to know that the manufacturer, Wysong, has been in the industry for 30 years already which shows that they are knowledgeable on the products that they offer to their customers.

Key Features

Has 62% of protein, 16% fat and 5% fiber

Starch-free

Contains probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, phytonutrients, nutraceuticals, natural form antioxidants, vitamins and minerals

Pros

High protein content that is recommended for active ferrets

Well-known brand for ferret foods

Cons

Doesn't meet the required fat content which is 20%

With high percentage of fiber at 5%

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Premium Ferret Diet

Marshall Premium Ferret Diet, 18-Pound Bag

Summary:

You can find better quality ferret foods than this one. First, corn is included in the ingredients. As carnivores, Ferrets should not be given foods that contain grain or corn.  Second, it barely meets the required percentage of fat, protein and fiber in ferret foods. This might be because the meat product in this food is only from “by-products”. In that case, supplements are still needed to compensate for the lacking nutrients.


 As a known brand for ferrets, it is quite disappointing that this food doesn’t have unique or better features to offer to ferret owners. However, the effects of foods to our pets really differ from each other. What works for other might not work for your pet. You may still want to give this to your pet to check if it satisfies their needs.

Key Features

Has 38% of protein, 18% of fat and 3,5% of fiber

Rich in omega 3 and fatty acids

Pros

High in protein

Cons

Has corn as an ingredient

Low fat content

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ZuPreem Premium Ferret Diet

ZuPreem 230058 Premium Ferret Pet Food, 8-Pound

Summary:

This is a fairly good food. It meets the recommended amount of protein, fat and fiber that a Ferret food should have which means that there is no need for more supplements anymore. Plus, it doesn’t have ingredients that can make your pets sick like corn and other plant-based products.


The price of this food is quite steep. You’d think that you can purchase a better brand already. However, it is still worth a try. After all, the effect of food on ferrets differs depending on a lot of factors.

Key Features

Available in 8lbs, 16lbs and 24lbs

Protein is 40%, Fat is 20% and Fiber is 3%

Corn-free

Balanced nutrition – meets all the required amount of nutrients of a ferret food

Pros

Made with real chicken and egg protein

No additional supplements needed since it meets required nutritional content

Cons

Although a good ferret food, price is a little expensive that you can buy a better brand

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Marshall Pet Products Select Chicken Formula Premium Ferret Diet

Marshall Pet Marshall Select Chicken Ferret Diet, 4-Pound Bag

Summary:

The nutrients of this food are not that far-off compared to the Marshall Premium diet. It has a higher amount of protein with 38% which is better compared to the Marshall Premium Diet. This might be because there is more chicken used as an ingredient in this food. However, corn meal is present which makes it a threat to your pet.


Although better than the Marshall Premium diet, it still lacks the recommended amount of fat which is a very important part of a healthy diet for a ferret.

Key Features

36% Protein, 18% Fat, 4% Fiber

Made of 75% chicken

Pros

Enough Protein content to give energy to your active ferret

Cons

Fat content is lower than recommended of at least 20%

Fiber content is higher than recommended of maximum 3%

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Sheppard and Greene Adult Ferret Food

Sheppard and Greene Adult Ferret Food, 4-Pound

Summary:

Although it meets all the nutritional requirements a ferret food should have, you should be careful because there are ingredients included that is not good for your pet.  Two of which is the corn gluten meal and ground corn. Corn gluten is usually used to boost protein content but it actually is not useful to your pet. Plus, it may cause digestive disorders and allergic reactions. Corn on the other side is not healthy for your pet since it is a plant-based ingredient.

Key Features

36% Protein. 20% Fat, 3% Fiber

Made with real chicken

Contains antioxidants and essential nutrients

Pros

High in fat and protein

Meets required amount of protein, fat and fiber

Cons

Contains corn gluten and ground corn which is both unhelpful and unhealthy for your ferret

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ZuPreem Grain Free Ferret Diet

ZuPreem Grain Free Ferret Diet (8 Pound)

Summary:

In the ingredients, you can see that plant-based products have been used like tomato, raspberry and blueberry. As carnivores, plant-based diet cannot be given to ferrets because their bodies cannot absorb proteins that come from it. Also, there are a lot of reviews that show that this food is the cause of kidney/bladder stones of their ferrets. The history of this food is not very good so you might want to do a lot of research and ask experts first before considering it.


It may meet the required nutrition of a ferret food but it is quite useless since some parts of it may be because of the plant-based ingredients. So far, it may be better to consider better products like Wysong or Kaytee.

Key Features

Available in 4lbs, 8lbs and 12 lbs

40% Protein, 20% Fat, 3% Fiber

Pros

Grain free for a better digestion

High in protein

Meets required nutritional needs of a ferret

Cons

Contains plant-based ingredients

Has a bad history of causing stones to ferrets

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Kaytee Premium Ferret Food with Chicken

Kaytee Premium Ferret Food with Chicken, 4-Ib

According to studies, foods containing “pea” poses a great threat on the health of you ferret. Unfortunately, this food has the “pea flour” listed as one of the top ingredients.


This high protein food will give your ferrets the energy they need to stay active and playful. Your pet will also have a nice coating because of its fat content. However, like what was said earlier, you must think twice in feeding this to your pet since it was made with pea flour. If you can, pick another food to give your pet. We don’t want to risk their health. Therefore, it is better to purchase another brand of food that is completely safe and will not make a hole in your pocket due to medical expenses in the long run.

Key Features

Comes in two flavours: Chicken and Turkey

Contains 42% of protein and 20%  natural fat

Pros

Grain and Gluten free

Rich in fat for a healthy skin and coat

Contains real chicken and turkey meat

Cons

Contains Pea flour as top ingredient. Beware because studies show that it may cause stones on your pet

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Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Small Animal Food for Ferrets

Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Small Animal Food for Ferrets, 3-Pound

Summary:

Kaytee Forti Diet offers a balanced meal for your pet with 35% of protein, 20% fat and 3% fiber. You’d be happy to know that there are no plant-based products in the ingredients that other pellet foods have. The fish meal however, might make your pet’s poop a bit smelly. But that’s nothing if they’re taking in necessary nutrients, right?


As much as we’d like to brush our pets teeth to ensure that it is healhy, we simply cannot do that since their mouth is so small. With this food, that wouldn’t be a problem anymore. The large and crunchy pellet will help in maintaining their dental health at its best.

Key Features

35% protein, 20% fat, 3% fiber

No plant based ingredients unlike other pellet foods

With omega fatty acids for a nice coat

Pros

Contains prebiotics and probiotics

Corn free

Rich in natural antioxidants for general health and immune support

Large, crunchy pieces helps in keeping our pets teeth and gums healthy

Cons

Your pet may be picky because of the different sizes, shapes and colors of the pellets

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Wysong Ferret Archetype - Raw Ferret Food

Wysong Ferret Archetype Rabbit Formula - Raw Ferret Food - 7.5 Ounce Bag

Summary:

The Wysong Ferret Archetype Raw Ferret Food comes in three formulas – Chicken, Quail and Rabbit. All of which has high protein and fat content. Note that this is not the kibble kind of food. It comes in a dry powdery form. You can give it to your ferret that way but the ideal is, you mix it with little water and sprinkle it on top of your pet’s kibble. It was found that the latter is more effective way of making your pet eat this food. Also, this food is quite steep. Therefore, mixing it with dry food will save you money.


 As you can see, they used plant derived ingredients. When wild ferrets (not domesticated) consume their prey, they also consume the foods that were taken in by their prey, including plants. Since this is raw food, it is normal that it has somple plant in it. You should not fret though because the Wysong Ferret Archetype - Raw Ferret Food is 99% meat. The plant component of this food is only minimal and constitutes just less than a tenth of the percent.

Key Features

 Available in 3 formulas: Chicken, Quail and Rabbit

Raw diet which reflects the natural carnivorous ferrets are genetically programmed for

Non-thermal freezedried raw product meaning this product is of high-quality

Pros

Starch-free

Meets all the required nutritional content of a ferret diet

Raw diet – natural diet for ferrets

Free of non-nutritional additives

Contains prebiotics, probiotics and vitamins, minerals and an range of micronutrients

Cons

Contains plant based products but only to a minimal

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