Oh man, this video had me smiling from ear to ear! That ferret is ridiculously obsessed with the potato. I’ve spent very little time around ferrets so I had no idea that they weren’t supposed to have certain foods. I was intrigued by and absolutely unaware of how high maintenance the food situation for ferrets actually is.
What Ferrets Should Eat VS What They Want
Apparently, ferrets will try to eat a great many things, if you don’t keep a watchful eye on them. If you plan on letting your ferret roam free around your house, then you might want to do some ferret proofing. They love to eat things made of rubber or foam. You should always keep such things out of a ferret’s reach.
Ferrets are crafty little creatures though. They’ll likely find something they’re not supposed to have, even when you think you have everything put up. Missing some buttons from your remote or the rubber foot from your kitchen chair? Check the ferret. Maybe there’s a new hole in your couch cushion. Probably the ferret. They’ve also been known to eat panty hose or even a whole shirt sleeve. This is why it’s incredibly important to keep a diligent eye on these guys.
It’s important to give your ferret the right type of food. This way it gets all the nutrients it needs. They have a short intestinal tract, which means they can’t eat very much in one sitting. So, they need to eat foods high in protein and fat, with simple carbohydrates.
Ferrets are meat eaters and cannot survive on a diet without it. There’s a special ferret food that can be found at most pet stores. Some people feed their ferrets certain types of premium cat foods or kitten food.
They don’t really need snacks, but they do really enjoy them. You should avoid fruits and foods high in starch. Ferrets have a hard time digesting these and since they don’t each much, at any given time, they don’t gain the nutrition they need. Good snacks for your ferret would be things such as cooked eggs or meat; even the occasional crunchy cat treat. They also make ferret treats.
I now understand why this ferret wasn’t allowed to eat the potato. Not only is it high in starch, but if he took too big of a bite it might have caused a blockage in his intestine. Which is fairly common among ferrets and can be life threatening if not treated. At least this little guy got to have an awesome time playing with it, though.