Estimated arrival is tomorrow! I also ordered more of the stella & chewey's to have since they like it so much Thank God for Amazon! I got some other flavors (duck duck goose, and turkey). I watched Sydney ALL NIGHT and she didn't eat it. If I get home today and the level of kibble is still the same then I'll take it out tomorrow and see what happens. I really think she's eating it.
Will probably be tomorrow before I have another update. About to leave work for a medical "emergency." All the food comes in today though so will mix up new batches tonight. Should I mix the freeze dried in with some commercial ground to start with?
I hope everything is okay! Yes, when the commercial raw comes in pick one (preferably the same "flavor" as the freeze dried if possible) and mix just a little bit into the soup when you make it. Let me know how much you add (I'd start with 1/4 or less commercial raw and see how they do) and how they take to it.
Just did the ground raw with the freeze dried tonight (as in just put it in their cage). Ill let you know how it goes!! I don't think they'll give me any trouble with it. I finally caught Sydney eating the other stuff (completely removed the kibble again since I was home this morning to watch) so I feel better about that now.
They ate half of it so far. They're sleeping a lot more than usual lately. I've wondered if its like human kids a little bit - they're growing so they're sleeping more? They still play a lot and are eating a good amount. Just sleeping a lot too.
Ferrets sleep a lot. They sleep about 14-16 hours a day, sometimes more. Now if they seem lethargic and don't want to play, THAT is when you need to get concerned. Otherwise I wouldn't worry about it too much as long as they are eating, pooping, and alert and active. Something to consider too is that they might be getting bored. Have you switched out their toys lately? Rearranged the cage? Introduced a new dig box? Let them play in a room that is normally "off--limits?" Stuff like that will keep them enriched and engaged.
I am glad they ate the soup! How much raw did you add in? Did all of them eat some?
All of them are eating it!! I did as you said - about 1/4. I think I'll put a little more in tonight. They didn't even seem to notice anything different. Their poo is a little different, but compared the poop chart I have tagged on here that Sherry posted, I don't think there's anything to worry about. It seems there is LESS poop, but they're still going. It's just not piled up in dinosaur proportions in the litter pans like it was on kibble. I'm going to mix up some of the turkey for them as well to start getting them used to that (I have turkey flavored stella & chewey's, which they've already eaten by itself, so just want to try adding the raw). So glad this is going well!
I actually did all of the above this past weekend lol! Changed their cage around, let them play in the office, we let them play in a new tunnel we'd been waiting to use. I still need to make a dig box. We've also relocated their cage from the living room to the back office because it is darker in there during the day. The vet told me that they are starting to link too much exposure to sunlight to the adrenal cancer.
Their poops Should look different. And yes on raw they will poop significantly less than on kibble. They will also eat more than usual in the beginning of the switch as their bodies try to make up for nutrients they weren't getting from the kibble. Let me know how adding more goes and how much more you add. I'm glad they are doing so well. Keep it up!
As for the sunlight I think perhaps either you or he may have misinterpreted the studies. The problem isn't natural light, it's artificial light and the lack of a natural light cycle.
If anything it would be best to keep them either outside, or in a room with enough windows that they get a natural light cycle with NO artificial light. Obviously that usually isn't possible, but the closer you get the better. Covering their cage at night helps.
Ah ok I will keep that in mind. We have them near a window so they have a light cycle. As far as covering their cage at night goes, we let them sleep in the living room and they generally pile up under the couch.
Couldn't add more last night because I got home and we didn't have electricity thanks to a tree falling on a wire somewhere. It came back on some time after we'd already gone to bed. So no electricity = no blender Luckily I had made a good amount last time so they had some to eat last night and this morning. Will add more tonight for sure.
I forgot to add - The natural light cycle doesn't work as well if you live somewhere closer to the poles, like Alaska. We get a lot of dark in the winter and a lot of light in the summer, so it's not really a "natural" light cycle as it's not a daylight cycle they would experience in their wild habitats.