Chicken Soup for Noodles!

by ferretpapa

Why soup? It's a delicious treat, easy to digest, masks the taste of medicine, and helps them to maintain or gain weight when sick. It is not to be used as their primary diet. I give it twice a day to my ferrets with insulinoma, and every other day to the healthy ones.

I can't stress enough how important it is to give your ferrets soup before they get sick.

Often sick ferrets will only eat soup. It's warm and comforting and easy for them to digest. If you get them to look forward to it regularly before they get sick, their road to recovery will be much smoother. As we all know, ferrets are picky eaters. Trying to force a sick ferret to try a new food is unpleasant for all parties involved.

This recipe was taught to me by Zoo from Zoo's Ferret Sanctuary. Please consider donating if you find it helpful.

Click below to read the full recipe.


Chicken Soupies for Ferrets

10 min. prep, 45 min. cooking
Ingredients: Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and Water (1.5 cups per lb of chicken)
Instructions: Prep: Add bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and water to pressure cooker., Cook: Cook for 45 minutes (3x longer than typical for poultry), Blend: Remove the bones. They should slide out easily. Then ble... read more

Prednisolone and some other meds can go in their soup when it's lukewarm.**


  • Why chicken thighs? Because the bones slide out easily. Don't use breasts or wings!
  • Warning: smells awful. Don't make soup while guests are visiting.
  • You can use less water when cooking (which means less space in the fridge), just make sure to mix in more water after reheating. Ferrets prefer it to be completely liquid.
  • Most ferrets will turn their nose up at first. Try adding Ferretone/salmon oil and finger feeding. I've never met a ferret that didn't come to love it.
  • **Be careful with this. Only add meds to soup if your ferret is finishing the soup down to the last drop. Some GI meds such as metronidazole taste horrible and unfortunately the soup isn't strong enough to mask them. Don't add those meds either, as that will backfire and your ferret will begin to distrust the soup. For any other meds, try it once first and see if they notice the difference in taste.

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