Ferret Kibble Chart

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Last updated: Sep 23, 2021 (1 month ago)

Kibble can generally be left out for days without spoiling. However, it needs something (usually a grain) to bind all of the ingredients together to form its solid shape. Therefore most kibbles are high in fruit, veggie, and/or grain content, which is not great for ferrets.

Even the "good" kibbles contain such ingredients, which increase the likelihood of insulinoma, a form of pancreatic cancer which causes low blood sugar.

Notice how raw diets clearly advertise their meat percentage ("96% meat, organs, and bone" on Ziwipeak for example) but kibbles do not. They hide this information, which is why I don't have it for most of these foods yet.

Recently, many kibble makers have been touting their "grain-free" diets as a healthier alternative. However, these diets usually substitute the grains with peas, which can be deadly to ferrets. Peas have been linked to kidney and bladder stones which can cause discomfort and a painful death.

Any kibble with even a trace amount of peas immediately receives a score of 0 and will not be recommended or linked to.

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Analysis Ingredients
Name Score Meat Protein Fat grain-
free
pea-
free
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Wysong Ferret Epigen 90 Digestive Support B - 62% 16% chicken meal organic chicken chicken fat dried plain beet pulp meat protein isolate
Dr. Elsey's cleanprotein Chicken B - 59% 18% chicken dried egg product pork protein concentrate gelatin chicken fat
Dr. Elsey's cleanprotein With Salmon B - 56% 17% salmon dried chicken dried egg product gelatin salmon hydrolysate
Young Again 50/22 Premium High Protein B - 50% 22% hydrolyzed pork chicken meal chicken fat potato starch chicken liver flavor
SquarePet HMLC Turkey & Chicken Formula B - 48% 20% turkey chicken turkey meal chicken meal salmon meal
Young Again ZERO B - 54% 26% hydrolyzed pork chicken meal chicken fat chicken liver flavor guar gum
Wysong Ferret Epigen 90 B - 62% 18% chicken meal organic chicken meat protein isolate chicken fat gelatin
Nature's Variety Instinct Ultimate Protein Duck B - 47% 17% duck chicken chicken eggs tapioca ground flaxseed
Higgins inTune Grain Free Ferret Food C - 40% 20% chicken meal dried eggs tapioca chicken fat potatoes
ZuPreem Premium Ferret Diet C - 40% 20% chicken meal wheat flour chicken fat potato protein chicken
Pretty Bird Natural Gold Ferret C - 50% 22% hydrolyzed pork chicken meal poultry fat potato starch powdered chicken
Gilbertson & Page Dr. John Merlin Ferret Food C - 37.5% 20% poultry wheat chicken fat chicken liver egg
Nature's Variety Instinct Ultimate Protein Chicken C - 47% 17% chicken tapioca chicken fat ground flaxseed natural flavor
Sheppard & Greene Ferret Food Adult Formula C - 36% 20% chicken chicken meal corn gluten meal rice chicken fat
Marshall Premium Ferret Diet C - 38% 18% chicken by-products chicken chicken by-product meal corn meal dried beet pulp
ZuPreem Grain-Free Ferret Diet C - 40% 20% chicken meal sweet potatoes chicken by-product meal chicken fat potato protein
Young Again High Protein Ferret Food C - 50% 22% hydrolyzed pork chicken meal potato starch poultry fat l-lysine
Marshall Select Chicken Formula Premium Diet C - 36% 18% chicken chicken by-products chicken by-product meal corn meal dried beet pulp
Wysong Ferret Archetypal-2 C - 38% 18% organic chicken chicken meal potato protein brown rice oat groats
Totally Ferret Turkey, Venison, Lamb C - 35% 20% turkey meal dried egg product brown rice poultry fat catfish meal
Totally Ferret Active and Show C - 36% 22% chicken meal rice flour dried egg product chicken fat wheat flour
IAMS Proactive Health Healthy Kitten C - 33% 21% chicken chicken by-product meal ground whole grain corn ground sorghum chicken fat
SquarePet Squarely Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Formula C - 36% 16% chicken chicken meal brown rice white rice chicken fat preserved with mixed tocopherols
Marshall Premium Ferret Diet - Senior Formula D - 34% 17% chicken by products chicken corn meal chicken by-product meal dried beet pulp
Purina Kitten Chow Naturals D - 40% 15% chicken chicken by-product meal corn gluten meal soy flour ground yellow corn
Mazuri Ferret Diet D - 38% 20.5% poultry by-product meal ground brown rice dehulled soybean meal porcine animal fat preserved with bha spray dried animal blood cells
Totally Ferret Complete D - 35% 18% chicken meal wheat flour corn meal chicken fat brown rice
Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health D - 35% 20% poultry meal poultry by-product meal brewers rice poultry fat dehulled soybean meal
Kaytee Fiesta with Natural Ingredients D - 35% 20% poultry meal poultry by-product meal brewers rice poultry fat dehulled soybean meal
Hill's Prescription Diet c/d Multicare with Chicken Dry Cat Food D - 33.8% 15.7% chicken whole grain corn corn gluten meal whole grain wheat brewers rice
Kaytee Fiesta D - 34% 19% poultry meal poultry by-product meal brewers rice ground wheat dried egg product
Sunseed Vita Prima Ferret Food D - 38% 15% chicken by-product meal porcine meat and bone meal brewers rice corn gluten meal ground wheat
Supreme Science Selective Complete Ferret Food D - 36% 19% poultry meal wheat refined chicken oil fish meal turkey meal
Meow Mix Kitten Li'l Nibbles F - 36% 15% chicken by-product meal brewers rice corn gluten meal whole ground corn soybean meal
Vitalin British Chicken Complete Ferret Diet F - 38% 19% chicken meat meal rice chicken oil sugar beet fish meal
Wysong Anergen F - 30% 14% lamb meal brown rice flaxseeds sweet potato soybean oil
Wild Harvest Advanced Nutrition Diet F - 30% 15% poultry meal ground corn brewer's rice corn gluten meal poultry fat
Pets at Home Ferret Nuggets F - 35% 3.9% chicken meal wheat poultry fat soyabean meal whole linseed
Friskies Farm Favorites F - 30% 10.5% ground yellow corn chicken by-product meal corn gluten meal soybean meal ground wheat
Friskies Indoor Delights F - 30% 9% ground yellow corn corn gluten meal chicken by-product meal soybean meal beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols
Orijen Regional Red F - 40% 20% 26th deboned beef deboned wild boar deboned goat deboned lamb lamb liver
Orijen Tundra F - 40% 20% 21st deboned goat deboned wild boar whole arctic char deboned venison steelhead trout
Orijen Cat & Kitten F - 40% 20% 18th chicken meat turkey meat whole eggs chicken liver whole flounder
Orijen Six Fish F - 40% 20% 15th whole atlantic mackerel whole atlantic herring flounder whole acadian redfish atlantic monkfish
Nutrience SubZero Fraser Valley Formula F - 42% 20% 14th deboned chicken deboned turkey chicken meal turkey meal salmon
Nutrience SubZero Prairie Red F - 40% 20% 14th deboned beef deboned lamb deboned wild boar beef liver lamb liver
Acana Grasslands F - 36% 18% 11th deboned duck deboned chicken eggs chicken meal turkey meal
Farmina N&D Prime Wild Boar F - 44% 20% 11th wild boar dehydrated wild boar sweet potatoes boneless chicken dehydrated chicken
Purina Pro Plan Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula F - 42% 19% 11th chicken corn gluten meal rice beef fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols soybean meal
Acana Meadowlands F - 36% 18% 10th deboned chicken deboned turkey chicken liver chicken meal catfish meal
Purizon Chicken and Fish F 70% 44% 20% 10th boneless chicken meat dried chicken meat potatoes chicken fat dried egg
Go! Solutions Fit + Free Grain Free Chicken, Turkey, and Duck F - 47.3% 19.5% 9th chicken meal de-boned chicken chicken fat de-boned turkey turkey meal
Farmina N&D Prime Chicken F - 44% 20% 9th boneless chicken dehydrated chicken sweet potatoes chicken fat dried whole eggs
Farmina N&D Prime Lamb F - 42% 20% 9th lamb dehydrated lamb sweet potatoes chicken fat dried whole eggs
Acana Wild Atlantic F - 36% 18% 9th whole mackerel whole herring whole hake acadian redfish mackerel meal
Nature's Variety Instinct Original Grain-Free Duck F - 40% 23% 9th duck turkey meal chicken meal chicken fat white fish meal
Catit Recipes Pacific Bay F - 38% 18% 9th salmon pollock cod haddock flounder
Acana Wild Prairie F - 37% 18% 8th chicken meat turkey meat chicken liver dehydrated chicken meat dehydrated turkey meat
Catit Recipes Oak Valley F - 38% 18% 8th deboned pork deboned beef beef liver pork liver deboned lamb
Rawz Meal Free Dehydrated Chicken and Turkey F - 40% 12% 8th dehydrated chicken dehydrated deboned chicken chicken turkey chicken liver
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Salmon F - 42% 18.5% 7th salmon menhaden fish meal white fish meal pacific whiting pacific sole
Rawz Meal Free Dehydrated Salmon and Chicken F - 40% 12% 7th salmon dehydrated deboned chicken dehydrated chicken whitefish turkey
Chicken Soup Classic Kitten F - 36% 20% 6th chicken chicken meal turkey meal brown rice cracked pearled barley
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Duck F - 40% 23.5% 6th duck turkey meal chicken meal chicken fat white fish meal
Nature's Variety Instinct Original Grain-Free Rabbit F - 40.5% 22.5% 6th rabbit turkey meal menhaden fish meal chicken fat white fish meal
Nature's Variety Instinct Original Grain-Free Chicken F - 41% 21% 5th chicken chicken meal turkey meal menhaden fish meal peas
Wellness CORE Original F - 45% 18% 5th deboned turkey deboned chicken turkey meal chicken meal peas
Wellness CORE Kitten F - 45% 18% 5th deboned turkey turkey meal deboned chicken chicken meal peas
Chicken Soup Classic Adult F - 34% 18% 5th chicken chicken meal turkey meal brown rice peas
Stella & Chewy's Raw Coated Salmon Kibble F - 35% 14% 5th salmon ocean fish meal lentils chickpeas peas
Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Kitten F - 42% 15% 5th deboned chicken chicken meal turkey meal potatoes peas
Acana Homestead Harvest F - 33% 16% 5th deboned chicken chicken meal turkey meal oatmeal whole peas
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Grain-Free Chicken F - 41% 22% 5th chicken chicken meal turkey meal menhaden fish meal peas
Catit Recipes Old Maple Farm F - 40% 18% 5th deboned chicken deboned turkey chicken meal turkey meal pea protein
Nulo FreeStyle High-Meat Chicken & Cod F - 40% 20% 5th deboned chicken chicken meal turkey meal deboned cod whole peas
Nulo FreeStyle High-Meat Turkey & Duck F - 40% 18% 5th deboned turkey turkey meal menhaden fish meal deboned cod yellow peas
Nature's Variety Instinct Original Grain-Free Chicken for Kittens F - 42.5% 22.5% 4th chicken turkey meal menhaden fish meal peas chicken fat
Stella & Chewy's Raw Coated Chicken Kibble F - 38% 16% 4th chicken chicken meal lentils peas chicken fat
Stella & Chewy's Raw Blend Kibble F - 39% 15.5% 4th chicken chicken meal lentils peas chicken fat
Evolution Gourmet Fondue Vegan F 0% 30% 14% 4th whole grain oatmeal high protein maize gluten meal high protein soybean meal pea protein potato flakes
Kaytee Fortified Ferret Food with Chicken F - 42% 20% 3rd chicken meal poultry by-product meal pea flour poultry fat chicken
Kaytee Fortified Ferret Food with Turkey F - 42% 20% 3rd chicken meal poultry by-product meal pea flour poultry fat turkey
Blue Wilderness Kitten Chicken F - 40% 20% 3rd deboned chicken chicken meal pea protein tapioca starch menhaden fish meal
Earthborn Holistic Primitive Feline F - 40% 18% 3rd turkey meal chicken meal peas chicken fat pea starch
Earthborn Holistic Feline Vantage F - 36% 14% 3rd chicken meal ground brown rice pea protein oat meal dried egg product
Chicken Soup Grain-Free Chicken & Legumes F - 32% 15% 3rd chicken chicken meal peas faba beans pea protein
Chicken Soup Grain-Free Salmon & Legumes F - 32% 15% 3rd salmon menhaden fish meal peas lentils pea protein
Blue Wilderness Adult Chicken F - 40% 18% 3rd deboned chicken chicken meal pea protein tapioca starch peas
Blue Wilderness Adult Duck F - 40% 18% 3rd deboned duck chicken meal pea protein peas tapioca starch
Nulo MedalSeries High-Meat Chicken F - 38% 18% 3rd deboned chicken chicken meal yellow peas green lentils chicken fat
Marshall Carnivore Plus High Protein Diet F - 40% 17% 2nd chicken by-products pea flour chicken menhadan fish meal dried beet pulp
Nature's Variety Instinct Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Turkey F - 35.5% 16.5% 2nd turkey meal peas turkey tapioca canola oil
Purina Pro Plan Kitten Chicken & Egg Formula F - 42% 19% 2nd chicken pea protein chicken meal cassava root flour dried egg product
Evolution Gourmet Ultra Life Organic Vegan F 0% 30% 16% 2nd organic sunflower meal organic peas organic soybeans organic soybean meal organic soybean oil
Hill's Prescription Diet d/d Feline Duck & Green Pea Formula F - 34.5% 21.3% 1st yellow peas pea protein duck green peas pork fat