What can my pet eat? What should I feed it today? Are one of the many questions pet owners ask themselves multiple times a day. After all, it is a matter of great importance and significance for a pet parent and the beloved little animal as well which in this case happens to be a ferret. We understand your concern and caution entirely, like all other pet parents, you wouldn’t ever want your pet to be deprived of any necessity or benefit nor suffer through any unpleasant circumstance. Worry not, you’ve arrived at the right place! We’ve got you all covered.
Keeping in mind that ferrets are strict carnivores, it is of no doubt that they do not only enjoy, but thrive off meat. It is an essential part of their diet and thus, the main nourishing source as well. Having said that, the question left unanswered is what kinds of meat can your furry pet eat? Is pork one of the ‘safe types?’, read on and put your parently curiosity to rest!
Before we dive into the details of the very question that has busied your mind, let us have a quick go-through regarding a house pet ferret’s diet and related requirements.
What Is The Ideal Diet Of A Ferret?
As we mentioned above, ferrets are by nature carnivores. In the wild, they tend to pick and eat anything that even slightly reeks of rawness; raw meat, raw bones, and other tissues, etc. Assuming from such, you may already have guessed that they crave a whole diet that is rich in protein, iron, and other minerals. Anything less of this criteria simply isn’t enough. Nonetheless, the same environment and differing food varieties aren’t easily available to pet ferrets.
An alternative to that, what you can do is try and get your hands on a specialized commercial ferret diet. If you are reading this article from some part of Australia, it should not be a problem for you. In other parts of the world though, it may not be the easiest of things. Owing to this reason, pet parents feed their ferrets a commercial kitten diet instead. Kitten diet is credited for having just about the same amount of all minerals and supplements that a ferret needs too. The furry creature is also hungry almost 24/7 due to their fast metabolism, so be sure to always have backups. Aside from this, the best thing you can do for your pet is to feed it raw meat every once in a while as a treat. Nothing in the world beats the love ferrets have for scrumptious red meat.
Some More Precautions About Ferret Diet
If you are a new parent and are only recently exploring the dietary needs of a ferret, here’s a free tip; don’t feed the ferret foods that are beneficial to you. Several human foods may be quite fruitful to you and just as delicious may play quite the opposite role for your ferret. This is largely for the reason that their bodily needs are worlds apart from yours. They gain nutrients and supplements from only a specific list of ‘ferret-safe foods, especially considering their carnivore’s nature. In addition to this, it also may be the case that the furry thing’s digestive system isn’t developed enough to break down complex compounds. We don’t mean to scare you at the very least, however, considering how sensitive you are about your beloved pet ferret, we would advise you to make sure whatever you feed it is safe as well as worth it.
Can Ferrets Eat Cooked Pork?
Well o’ well, now that we have given you a quick recap of a ferret’s diet, let’s get down to answering your question without any further ado. As you may have already guessed (it was that obvious, wasn’t it?) Yes, your hungry little pet can feed on pork. Since pork is one of the many kinds of meat, there is no harm in it being eaten by a ferret as well. Albeit, it might even be greatly healthful to them. At the same time, cooked pork is not exactly the best food choice for a ferret. They are not naturally accustomed to such a diet and so, it might not be a good idea to experiment with the health of your pet. Cooked pork isn’t toxic to animals, including ferrets but we would advise you to steer clear of it because it will surely bring no extra advantages.
Are There Any Health Risks Associated To Pork?
Several misconceptions were associated with pork and its safety as a meal for ferrets and other carnivorous animals as well. With time, most of them have been eradicated, determining it to be risk-free meat. The only reason why pet owners tend to avoid feeding ferrets is Trichinella. Trichinellosis is a disease that can prove to be quite detrimental to the health of animals and humans. Its symptoms include; nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and exhaustion, etc.
Moreover, a trend has also been observed of pork being unsafe in the middle to eat and Europe. Pet parents belonging from the mentioned regions have often reported complaints against pork and its risk-free consumption in regards to Trichinella. Whereas, in the USA and its surrounding countries, pork is 100% free of any health hazards. In conclusion, if you are completely sure and confident about your source of pork which you plan to feed your ferret, go right ahead!
What Are Meats Can Ferrets Eat
A list of different varieties of meat that your carnivorous friend will probably love you twice as much for are mentioned as follows;
- Minced beef
- Pigeons meat
- Chicken wings
- Turkey necks
Having put these out there, ferrets take a keen interest in eating raw bones as well. You’re welcome!
Don’t forget to share this read with other ferret owners who may benefit from it too. We wish you and your ferret a healthy and happy journey together ahead!