Can Ferrets Drink Milk? (The Risks!)

No, ferrets can’t drink milk as they’re lactose intolerant.

Ferrets are strict carnivores, they don’t drink milk as this doesn’t fit in their diet. This is because ferrets were originally desert animals, so they only drank the mother’s milk while they were kittens.

Even though you can find ferret-friendly recipes that include ingredients like cheese or yogurt on the internet, it is strongly discouraged to feed your ferret any other food than cat food.

Any ingredients other than meat could cause an upset stomach or diarrhea in a ferret, and just a small amount of dairy products may result in lactose intolerance.

Ferrets can’t drink milk as they’re lactose intolerant, which means their digestive system cannot digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and dairy products.

Ferrets can’t absorb lactose properly, which means undigested lactose builds up in their digestive system and ferrets become gassy and bloated.

This will cause your ferret to have stomach aches or diarrhea, but the real problem is that it may also give them the runs.

Can drinking milk cause a ferret to die?

No, your ferret won’t die if he drinks milk once in a while.

But it is intuitive that they should avoid drinking milk completely since lactose intolerance can cause them stomach aches and diarrhea.

Are there any benefits of letting my ferret drink milk sometimes?

No, there aren’t.

Ferrets exclusively drink mother’s milk when they’re newborn kittens because they can absorb the nutrients in it perfectly.

They were desert animals originally, which means their bodies don’t need any other nutrient than meat and animal fat to survive.

The “benefit” is that you get a happy ferret for a few moments, but you should keep in mind that this “benefit” doesn’t make up for the risks of giving your ferret milk.