Can Ferrets Eat Bones?

Can Ferrets Eat Bones?

As an owner of a ferret you may be curious to know specifics on types of foods they should be eating in order to stay healthy and happy.

One of the questions you may have is can ferrets eat bones safely at all?

The short answer to the question is  YES! But before you start feeding a ton of bones to your ferret lets specify a few things.

In order for a ferret to have a well rounded diet they need to be feed a natural balances of bones vs. organ meat and muscle.

This means a ferret requires a specific amount of:

  • sinew
  • organs
  • fat
  • bone
  • muscles

Similar to what they would get from eating raw prey in the wild which they would normally be use to.

Some great things to feed to ferrets include raw:

  • mice
  • rats
  • lizards
  • poultry
  • occasional rabbits

The best thing is you can feed everything including the feathers, skin, fur and bones!

The benefit of a ferret eating the bones is that they get calcium from it.

Depending on what type of ferret owner you want to be you can do a mixture of raw organ meats one day mixed with bones and then maybe chicken necks the net day and then raw whole prey the next day.

The balance of food for a ferret can be roughly: 80% meat, 10% bone, 10% organ meat (half should be liver).

Some good options for organ meats include:

  • liver
  • lungs
  • spleen
  • chicken gizards or hearts

Recommended high quality foods to feed to a ferret from people all over the internet include:

  • drumsticks
  • breast along with bone-in
  • wings
  • necks
  • thighs
  • chicken
  • turkey
  • rabbit
  • quail
  • ribs
  • liver
  • kidneys
  • brain
  • heart
  • bones (whole or large golfball size)

Should you cook bones before feeding them to your ferret?

Never! A ferret is initially a wild animal and therefore is use to having a raw diet.

Cooked bones are dangerous because they could splinter and cause issues with their intestines, stomach, throat or mouth.

Also raw bones are beneficial for cleaning the teeth of ferrets.

Therefore bones are good for ferrets to eat and best to be kept raw. If you have any further questions its best to check with your local pet shop or a veterinarian for more details.