>I read on a site that it is ok to give ferrets broccoli, cucumbers and fruits as treats.
Is this true and if so, what kinds of fruits and things can they have
This is false. You don't give ferrets broccoli, cucumbers or fruits at all. Just look at their teeth.
My favor saying is: Ferrets don’t need treats, it’s us human who think they need treats.
The best choice for treats for your ferret are meat based treats. Cooked chicken, turkey and steak are great treats. Never give your ferret any fruits (fresh or dried) or high carb- sugary treats such as raisins, cheerios, 8-1 yoggies, or anything banana-raisin flavored.
Ferrets are obligate carnivores, which means they require a diet that's very high in meat-based protein and fat. Because they lack a cecum, ferrets cannot digest plant protein, so fruits and veggies is a no…no - no matter how much they beg.
Sugary snacks, such as raisins, may cause obesity, tooth decay, and aggravation of hypoglycemia caused by insulinomas. High carbohydrate treats, such as cookies, cereal and bread may lead to diseases of the pancreas.
Yes, they will beg for healthy treats.
Here are some suggestions for healthy treats
Cooked or raw chicken, turkey, steak
Totally Ferret Treats
Mice and or baby chicks
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Chicken gravy or duck soup
Stage 2 baby Food
Everyone has different moderation in giving treats. Such as how much is given in portion. (tiny piece, small, big) How often (once day, once week, once month etc...etc....) How many people in the same household gives treats. (Wife, husband, kids) Gee mom's give treats....why can I or Let me give them a treat to distracted them or ahhhh look at that sweet face. We all have excuses.....they train us very well.
Take this in consideration: number of treats X the number of years that ferret will live. WHOA, that's lot of treats in unhealthy treats given during that life span. Specially when we have a option to imprint and give good healthy treats to our ferrets.
No Raisin and or Grapes - Check out these links.
Raisin and Grapes Toxicity
Jerry Murray, DVM http://ferrethealth.org/archive/SG14346
Dr. Kawasaki, raisins, Scientific Proof and raisins http://listserv.cuny.edu/Scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind0603&L=FERRET-SEARCH&P=R18694&I=-3 http://listserv.cuny.edu/Scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind0603&L=FERRET-SEARCH&P=R19890&I=-3
[font="arial; color: black"] http://www.aspca.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=16645 http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/ope/enotes/showarticle.cfm?id=160
I hope this helps
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