100% Pea-Free Ferret Food Chart

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

What's the big deal about peas?

Peas have been linked to kidney stones in ferrets. Kidney stones pass into the bladder to become bladder stones. Bladder stones pass through the urethra and can get stuck and block your ferret from being able to urinate, especially in male ferrets. If the blockage is not cleared within 24 hours, your ferret WILL die an excruciatingly painful death.

Stones can usually only be removed by surgery, which itself is risky and expensive.

These stones are caused by a combination of 3 factors (all 3 factors must be present):

  1. Peas in the food - EVEN TRACE AMOUNTS.
  2. Dehydration - Ferrets are not great at keeping themselves hydrated, especially older ones.
  3. A genetic predisposition to developing stones - Some ferrets are fine eating peas. But you won't know until it's too late.

The ONLY one of these factors under your control is #1. So why risk it? There are plenty of healthy pea-free foods available. There is absolutely no excuse for risking your ferrets' lives. Hundreds if not thousands of poor ferrets have had to go through surgery or died from this. Please don't let their lives go to waste - learn from them.

All foods with even TRACE amounts of peas receive an immediate score of 0.

Freeze-Dried Raw

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Analysis Ingredients
Name Score Meat Protein Fat grain-
free
pea-
free
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Nulo FreeStyle Chicken & Salmon A+ 98% 46% 23% chicken salmon chicken necks chicken liver chicken hearts
Stella & Chewy's Duck Duck Goose A+ 98% 40% 30% duck with ground bone turkey with ground bone turkey liver goose turkey gizzard
Nulo FreeStyle Turkey & Duck A+ 98% 42% 37% turkey turkey necks turkey liver duck duck liver
Raw Paws Complete Chicken Pet Food A+ 100% 45% 27% ground chicken with bone chicken heart chicken liver herring oil mixed tocopherols
Stella & Chewy's Chick, Chick Chicken A+ 98% 45% 25% chicken chicken liver chicken gizzard pumpkin seed potassium chloride
Wysong Ferret Archetype Chicken A+ 99% 44% 36% chicken chicken organs ground chicken bone natural flavor taurine
Stella & Chewy's Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey A+ 98% 40% 37% turkey with ground bone turkey liver turkey gizzard pumpkin seed potassium chloride
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Meals Chicken A+ 93% 38% 34% chicken chicken liver chicken heart montmorillonite clay ground flaxseed
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Cage-Free Chicken A+ 99% 36% 26% chicken chicken liver pumpkinseeds chicken heart carrots
Stella & Chewy's Absolutely Rabbit A 98% 44% 30% rabbit with ground bone rabbit liver olive oil pumpkin seed potassium chloride
Wysong Ferret Archetype Rabbit A 99% 48% 21% rabbit natural flavor taurine organic blueberry organic barley grass
Wysong Ferret Archetype Quail A 99% 50% 25% quail natural flavor taurine organic blueberry organic barley grass

Frozen Raw

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Analysis Ingredients
Name Score Meat Protein Fat grain-
free
pea-
free
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Stella & Chewy's Selects Chicken Medallions A+ 97% 16% 9% chicken chicken liver chicken gizzard gelatin dried egg yolk
Stella & Chewy's Selects Turkey Medallions A+ 97% 16% 10% turkey turkey liver turkey gizzard gelatin dried egg yolk
Stella & Chewy's Duck Duck Goose A+ 98% 13.5% 10% duck with ground bone turkey turkey liver goose turkey gizzard
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Signature Frozen Bites Chicken A+ 95% 14% 9% chicken chicken liver chicken heart turkey liver yeast culture
Stella & Chewy's Chick, Chick Chicken A+ 98% 15.5% 9% chicken chicken liver chicken gizzard pumpkin seed potassium chloride
Stella & Chewy's Tummy Ticklin' Turkey A+ 98% 12% 10% turkey with ground bone turkey liver turkey gizzard pumpkin seed potassium chloride
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Frozen Bites Chicken A+ 93% 12% 9% chicken chicken liver chicken heart montmorillonite clay ground flaxseed
Stella & Chewy's Absolutely Rabbit A 98% 15.5% 10.5% rabbit with ground bone rabbit liver olive oil pumpkin seed potassium chloride
Primal Feline Chicken & Salmon Nuggets A 90% 14% 4% chicken chicken livers salmon organic pumpkin seeds organic sunflower seeds
Primal Feline Turkey Pronto A 91% 13% 6% turkey turkey livers organic pumpkin seeds organic sunflower seeds organic cranberries
Primal Feline Duck Nuggets B 90% 11% 8% duck duck livers organic pumpkin seeds organic sunflower seeds organic cranberries

Air-Dried Raw

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Analysis Ingredients
Name Score Meat Protein Fat grain-
free
pea-
free
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
ZiwiPeak Chicken Recipe A+ 96% 38% 30% chicken chicken liver chicken heart new zealand green mussel chicken bone
ZiwiPeak Hauraki Plains Recipe A+ 96% 38% 32% chicken whole kahawai duck chicken heart turkey
ZiwiPeak Mackerel & Lamb Recipe A+ 96% 43% 25% mackerel lamb lamb heart lamb tripe lamb liver
Real Meat Chicken Recipe A+ 90% 30% 25% chicken chicken liver chicken heart chicken gizzard chicken neck
Real Meat Turkey Recipe A+ 90% 29% 26% turkey turkey liver turkey heart turkey gizzard turkey neck
Real Meat Turkey and Venison Recipe A+ 90% 34% 25% turkey venison turkey liver turkey heart turkey gizzard
ZiwiPeak Lamb Recipe A+ 96% 35% 33% lamb lamb heart lamb tripe lamb liver lamb kidney
Catit Gold Fern Chicken A+ 95% 43% 24% chicken chicken gizzards chicken liver green lipped mussel fish oil
ZiwiPeak Venison Recipe A+ 96% 45% 23% venison venison tripe venison heart venison lung venison liver
ZiwiPeak East Cape Recipe A+ 96% 38% 32% mutton goat whole kahawai goat tripe whole white trevally
ZiwiPeak Otago Valley Recipe A+ 96% 38% 32% beef venison lamb whole southern blue whiting hoki
Catit Gold Fern Lamb & Mackerel A+ 95% 36% 35% lamb mackerel lamb kidney lamb liver natural flavoring
ZiwiPeak Beef Recipe A+ 96% 38% 30% beef beef heart beef kidney beef tripe beef liver
Catit Gold Fern Beef A+ 95% 39% 24% beef beef kidney beef liver natural flavoring green-lipped mussel
Real Meat Lamb Recipe A 90% 30% 32% lamb lamb lung lamb liver vegetable glycerin pumpkin powder

Canned

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Analysis Ingredients
Name Score Meat Protein Fat grain-
free
pea-
free
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
ZiwiPeak Wet Hauraki Plains Recipe A+ 97% 10.5% 7% chicken chicken broth duck whole kahawai chicken heart
ZiwiPeak Wet Free-Range Chicken Recipe A+ 92% 9% 5.5% chicken water chicken liver chicken heart chick peas
ZiwiPeak Wet East Cape Recipe A+ 97% 10.5% 8.5% mutton lamb broth goat whole kahawai goat tripe
Rawz Chicken & Chicken Liver Pate A+ 96% 11% 9% chicken chicken liver chicken broth fenugreek seeds natural flavor
Rawz Turkey & Turkey Liver Pate A+ 96% 12% 9.5% turkey turkey liver turkey broth potassium chloride fenugreek seeds
ZiwiPeak Wet Otago Valley Recipe A+ 97% 9% 7% beef beef broth venison whole southern blue whiting lamb tripe
ZiwiPeak Wet Lamb Recipe A+ 92% 9.5% 6% lamb water lamb lung lamb kidney lamb liver
ZiwiPeak Wet Mackerel & Lamb Recipe A 92% 10.5% 4% mackerel water lamb lamb lung chickpeas
Natures Menu Country Hunter Free Range Chicken A 96% 10.7% 6.2% chicken chicken heart raspberry cranberry spirulina
Natures Menu Country Hunter Turkey and Rabbit A 96% 10.6% 6.4% turkey rabbit blackcurrant cranberry spirulina
Natures Menu Country Hunter Duck and Pheasant A 96% 10.5% 6.3% duck pheasant blueberry cranberry spirulina
Natures Menu Country Hunter Chicken and Goose A 96% 10.5% 6.3% chicken goose redcurrant cranberry spirulina
Wysong Epigen Canned Chicken A 95% 10% 8% chicken water natural flavor organic guar gum mixed tocopherols
Wysong Epigen Canned Turkey A 95% 10% 8% turkey water natural flavor organic guar gum mixed tocopherols
Wysong Epigen Canned Rabbit A 95% 10% 8% rabbit water natural flavor organic guar gum mixed tocopherols
Wysong Epigen Canned Duck A 95% 10% 8% duck water natural flavor organic guar gum mixed tocopherols
Wysong Epigen Canned Salmon B 95% 10% 7% salmon water natural flavor organic guar gum mixed tocopherols
Blue Wilderness Kitten Chicken Recipe B - 10.5% 9% chicken chicken broth chicken liver dried egg product salmon oil
Blue Wilderness Adult Chicken Recipe B - 10% 8% chicken chicken broth chicken liver potatoes natural flavor
Blue Wilderness Adult Duck Recipe B - 10% 8% duck turkey broth chicken liver potatoes natural flavor
Evanger's Maximum Chicken For Ferrets C - 10% 6.5% chicken water whole dried egg taurine liver
Evanger's Maximum Turkey for Ferrets C - 10% 6.5% turkey water whole dried egg taurine liver
Evanger's Maximum Beef for Ferrets C - 10% 6.5% beef water whole dried egg taurine liver

Kibble

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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