As a responsible and loving owner of a ferret you will want to feed your pet a healthy and nutritious diet to give you and your ferret many years of happy companionship. Good diet and hygiene are the most important factors in keeping your ferret healthy and free from sickness. The best way to do this is to imitate a ferret’s natural diet in the wild. Ferrets are carnivores and should mostly eat meat, animal proteins and fats, the occasional treat is OK, but due to the animals short digestive tract, they will struggle to digest foods that are high in fiber such as fruits and vegetables. So can you give your ferret kitten milk?
Ferrets do not digest dairy products well. They are lactose intolerant and feeding your ferret dairy on a regular basis can cause diarrhea, which could potentially lead to dehydration and will definitely lead to you having to clean a messy cage. Ferrets do not have the lactase enzyme that breaks down lactose sugars that are found in cow’s milk. For this reason you should avoid giving your ferrets any dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt or cream. It is OK to give lactose reduced milk occasionally for a treat, but it is not recommended as part of a ferret’s regular diet.
Kitten milk is a good replacement for cow’s milk and is better for the health of your ferret. Ferrets are notoriously fussy eaters so if yours has taken a liking to milk then give kitten milk instead to keep your fuzzy friend happy. Kitten milk has high levels of protein and fat, which are essential parts of your ferrets regular diet. You can buy kitten milk in either liquid or powdered form, either are fine for your ferret.
Whenever you introduce new foods into your ferret’s diet, it is always a good idea to keep a close eye on them over the next few days, just to make sure there are no allergic reactions or digestion problems. If you notice any changes in your ferret’s health or mood then stop feeding the new food and return to your ferrets regular feeding regimen and watch for signs of recovery. If your ferret recovers then stop the new treats, if there is no improvement in your ferret’s health then take it to see a veterinarian straight away.
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