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Posted May 12, 2012 by

The Best Ferret Food Is…

We’ve already done an article highlighting the basics of proper ferret diet and nutrition. You can find that article here: Ferret Diet 101 – A Course In Proper Ferret Diet.  I wanted to take this topic a bit further and analyze some of the key components in a few of the best ferret foods out there.  After reading this article, it should be pretty clear that a few of the popular ferret foods out there are a lot better than others.

Ferret Food #1:

The first ferret food we’ll be talking about today is Marshall’s Premium Ferret Diet by Marshall Pet Products.  This food comes from the same company that breeds many of the ferrets found in pet stores across the country.  It’s not a bad food by any means, and I would definitely say it is one of the best ferret foods out there.  I’ve listed the guaranteed analysis and top ingredients of Marshall Premium Ferret Diet below.

Nutritional Analysis:

  • Crude Protein: 38% min
  • Crude Fat: 18% max
  • Crude Fiber: 3.5% min
  • Moisture: 10% max
  • Ash: 6.5% max

Ingredients:

  • Chicken By-Products (Organs only)
  • Herring Meal
  • Corn
  • Cod Fish
  • Dried Beet Pulp
  • Etc.

The guaranteed nutritional analysis is just about perfect for ferrets, but a key thing to note in the ingredients list is corn.  Corn isn’t digested well, if at all, by ferrets.  Corn being the 3rd leading ingredient in this food raises some red flags for me as a consumer.  Regardless, I have used this food with my ferrets in the past and they did enjoy eating it.  I didn’t use the food for long however, so it’s hard to gauge the long term effects from it.

As for the price, this food can be found in a 7 pound bag for around $20.  At that price, it’s a great deal since the nutritional analysis is adequate for healthy ferrets.  Overall, this is definitely one of the best ferret foods.

Ferret Food #2:

Another food I’ll be reviewing today is Innova Evo Ferret Food.  In my opinion, this is the best ferret food on the market.  It’s a meaty, healthy food for your ferret.  This food contains no grain products, which is great.  It does contain some plant elements such as potatoes and apples, but these products are pretty far down the ingredients list and would not be detrimental to your ferret.  It’s not widely available in many pet stores, but it can be easily found online.  I’ve included the guaranteed nutritional analysis below.  The price is a great deal at around $25 for 6.6 pounds.  As with most things, you get what you pay for.  Your ferrets will love this stuff.

Nutritional Analysis:

  • Crude Protein: min. 50.0%
  • Crude Fat: min. 21.0%
  • Crude Fiber: max. 1.5%
  • Moisture: max. 10.0%
  • Linoleic Acid: min. 4.0%
  • Vitamin E: min. 250 IU/kg
  • Fatty Acids (Omega 3): min. .40%

Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Herring Meal
  • Chicken Fat
  • Peas / Pea Fiber

Conclusions:

As you can see from this comparison of two of the best ferret foods on the market, the ingredients and nutritional analysis can vary greatly between foods.  Checking out the guaranteed analysis and ingredients list on potential foods for your ferret is crucial to their overall health.  Most of the foods fall within a couple bucks of each other; a negligible cost difference when it comes to the health of your ferret!  One thing is for sure – if you are currently feeding your ferret bargain-bin food and you decide to switch to one of the aforementioned foods, your ferrets will liven up and their fur will be noticeably softer within days!

Note:  The above ferret foods are the trademarks of their respective companies.  I am in no way affiliated with these companies.  This is a consumer review of these products.


Corey

 
Corey is the primary author and editor on Critterhub. With over 20 years of pet care experience, his interests lie mostly in aquaria and herpetology. Corey has a degree in Biology, and has completed many research projects involving herpetology and other animals.


2 Comments


  1.  
    Gauntylgrym

    I’m curious how you come to the conclusion that Marshalls food is “one of the best” ferret foods available. The ingredient list clearly shows that this couldn’t possibly be the case since it contains so many things that are NOT good for ferrets and their unique digestive systems.




    •  
      Corey

      Because while Marshall’s food has its flaws, it still is a bit more natural and more nutritionally balanced for ferrets than many of the other foods available. As I mentioned in the article, the “bad” ingredients such as corn didn’t dissuade me from using it with my own ferrets for awhile. My ferrets loved the food and were healthy while eating it. The overall nutritional facts (protein, etc.) are pretty accurate to what a domestic ferret should be eating, too.

      I can see how the article is a bit confusing upon reading it again, and for that I apologize.

      Thanks for reading!





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