Ferrets are curious creatures that love to explore their surroundings. This means that they will often try to eat things they shouldn’t, including grapes. Grapes can be a dangerous food for ferrets as they can cause severe health problems.

In this blog post, I will take a closer look at the risks associated with feeding grapes to ferrets and provide some recommendations on alternative foods that your ferret can enjoy.

Can I feed my ferret grapes? Can you give your ferret grapes as a treat? All these questions about grape toxicity in Ferrets can be answered with one word: NO!Grapes are toxic to ferrets, so it’s important to keep them away from the delicious fruit.

Ferrets are obligate carnivores, meaning they require meat in their diet to survive. Grapes do have some nutrients that can be healthy for humans but could cause serious harm to a ferret. In short: ferrets should not eat any type of fruit, especially grapes.

Are Grapes Toxic To Ferrets?

Grapes are toxic to ferrets. You should never feed grapes or any food item containing grapes to your ferret. Grapes can be fatal to your ferrets and can cause several harmful side-effects, including severe kidney damage. Ferrets are obligate carnivores and their body system is not meant to digest fruits.

While it is common knowledge that eating grapes causes kidney damage in animals such as dogs and cats, the exact reason why grapes are toxic to animals has remained a mystery to this day.

According To ASPCA “Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. Until more information is known about the toxic substance, it is best to avoid feeding grapes and raisins to dogs.”

According to the PetPoisonHelpline.com “Grapes, raisins, sultanas, and even currants (some currants are actually small, black grapes) are toxic to your dog! There have also been anecdotal reports of cats and ferrets being affected. Ingestion of even a small amount of grapes, raisins, or currants can result in severe, acute kidney failure.”

However a group of veterinarians from the ASPCA animal poison control centre have come up with a new explanation that the tartaric acid which is present in the grapes is actually the toxic part and this may be causing the toxicity.

Check out the letter to the editor of the American Veterinary Medical Association:https://avmajournals.avma.org/view/journals/javma/258/7/javma.258.7.704.xml#d618842e442

The actual amount of tartaric acid that is present in grapes varies by their type, how they were grown, and how ripe the grapes were at the time of consumption. This explains why some pets get extremely sick when they consume grapes while others do not undergo similar severe health effects.

What Are The Symptoms Of Grape Toxicity In Ferrets?

The symptoms of grape toxicity in ferrets can vary depending on the amount of grapes consumed. Some common signs that your ferret may have eaten grapes include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased water consumption
  • Seizures
  • Breathlessness

If you notice any of these symptoms in your ferret, it is important to take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Grapes can cause severe health problems in ferrets and, if left untreated, could lead to death.

The prognosis for a ferret that has eaten grapes is usually good if treatment is started early. However, some ferrets may suffer permanent damage to their kidneys and require lifelong treatment.

Side Effects Of Grapes On Ferrets:

Even if your ferret does not consume large quantities of grapes and ends up eating very few pieces of grapes every now and then, still there are several harmful effects that can take place in your ferret’s body system on account of grape consumption.

  • Can Cause Weight Gain:Grapes are high in sugar and can cause a ferret to become obese if consumed regularly.
  • Can Cause Gastrointestinal Upset: Grapes can also cause gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhea, which may lead to dehydration over time.
  • Can Cause Diabetes:Ferrets that consume grapes on a regular basis may also develop diabetes as a result of the high sugar content in the fruit.
  • Can Cause Liver Failure:Grapes also contain fructose, which is known to damage liver cells. Ferrets that consume grapes may suffer from liver failure as a result.
  • Can Cause Death:As mentioned earlier, grapes are toxic for ferrets and can cause death if consumed in large quantities.

What To Do If Your Ferret Has Eaten Grapes?

The first thing to do is assess the severity of your ferret’s symptoms.If they have noticeable trouble breathing or too many grapes have been consumed , it would be best to take them to the vet right away.

You can also contact The Pet Poison Control Helpline. You can get professional advice on how to deal with the emergency situation on hand.

If they’re already displaying severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or diarrhea, then an emergency visit should happen immediately (within 15-20 minutes).

Don’t try any home remedies yourself without consulting your veterinarian! He’ll determine which treatment will work best for each individual case depending on how serious their side effects are. This can include anything from oxygen therapy to IV fluids to anti-seizure medication.

It’s important that the ferret be monitored closely by their veterinarian in order to get any necessary treatment right away.

The prognosis for ferrets with acute exposure to large quantities of grapes is guarded despite treatment; however, if it isn’t treated in time, death can occur within 24 hours of heavy consumption .

How To Prevent Your Ferrets From Eating Grapes?

Prevention is the best solution when it comes to keeping your furry friend safe. There are a few things you can do to ensure your ferret doesn’t eat any grapes:

  • Keep Them Out Of Reach: Keeping grapes out of reach is the best way to keep your ferrets from eating them.This includes making sure they’re in an area where grapes are not readily available, such as in a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter.
  • Educate Your Guests: Make certain that your guests are fully aware of the dangers of accidentally feeding grapes to your ferret.
  • Educate Your Children:Strictly instruct all the children in the house about grapes and their toxicity to ferrets. Give clear instructions to the children to never feed grapes to ferrets.

Alternatives To Fruits For Ferrets:

If you’re looking for healthier options, there are plenty of alternatives to feeding grapes to your ferret. Some good substitutes include:



Raw animal bones



Lamb liver

Lamb heart

Beef mince

These foods have low protein content and will help to ensure your ferrets stay healthy and balanced!

Ferret owners should look into alternative dietary plans designed specifically for carnivores like their own furry friends. Natural raw food and high-protein commercial treats will be highly beneficial in promoting healthy digestion and maintaining longer life expectancy rates among ferrets.

If you have any doubts about whether or not a food is safe for your ferret, it is always best to consult with your veterinarian before giving it to them. Grapes and raisins may seem like harmless snacks, but they can actually be very harmful and even deadly if consumed in large quantities. So be cautious and avoid feeding  fruits entirely.

Parting Words

Grapes are a toxic fruit for ferrets. It is not safe to feed grapes, or any other type of fruit, to your ferret because it can cause gastrointestinal distress and even death.

Grapes can cause kidney failure and even death in ferrets. The kidneys of a ferret will not process the sugar fructose, which is found in most fruits, including grape juice and raisins. This causes an overload on their livers that leads to acute renal disease with symptoms such as lethargy , vomiting blood or bile, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and dehydration.

These symptoms typically occur within 24 hours after consumption but could take up to 3 days to appear if the animal has been consuming small amounts over time. If you suspect your pet may have consumed any amount of grapes, please call your veterinarian immediately!

If you have questions about what are healthy snacks for your pet, consult with a veterinarian before giving them anything that isn’t specifically labeled as “ferret-safe.”

I hope this blog post has answered any related questions you had about whether you can feed grapes to your ferrets or not! If there is anything else I didn’t cover in detail or if you still have more specific questions on this topic, feel free to reach out with your concerns by clicking the contact button below. Our team of experts will be happy to help answer any queries related to ferret behavior and care!