I have increased the size on the chicken neck bone & he is struggling a bit with that, but will keep working with him on that. It's funny how they forget about chewing when they are no longer eating kibble. I keep telling him, "it's the same as when you were eating kibble, but bones are good for you & not as hard, they keep your teeth pearly white, so chew, chew, chew." LOL Sometimes I wish I would have started this first when I started him on Raw, but then again, I don't know if I would have had the patience. Either way, he is doing wonderful & the most important thing is that he is eating what he is suppose to, RAW!!
My goal was not to wean him off of the grinds, my goal was to teach him to eat more bones to help keep his teeth clean, so I wouldn't have to brush so much. I like the variety in the proteins that I can give him with the grinds as I don't have a lot of access or variety with the organs & such. I don't have a problem with the cost of the grinds as I only have one ferret & I do understand that it can get very expensive especially if someone has multiple ferrets.
I am happy with how things are going now & things are going to get pretty crazy in our lives for a few months here very soon, like within the next month. I'm not ruling out adding franken prey to his diet, I will add it down the road, but for right now I will continue to work with him on the bones & some chunks of meat & gradually increase the size. I do appreciate all of your help & hope you understand.
Ok, I had figured you wanted to get him off of the grinds entirely. That's fine, I'd offer him a small piece of bone in meat to chew on a daily basis probably if he wants it to help with his teeth. I can tell you having 9 that it's pretty expensive, costs me $150/mo right now. I sometimes wish I just had 1 or 2 ferrets.
I agree it is expensive when you have more than on ferret, I understand completely. I will continue to give him some meat & bones along with his commercial grinds.
Yesterday Sanuk had his yearly physical & was given a complete bill of health. I told my Vet that I am feeding him Raw & he said he wouldn't change a thing with his diet. He was very impressed with Sanuk. He also said he would like some info on Raw feeding, so I told him I would put some things together for him. (dance)
He also said that he is looking to only give Distemper every other year or every two years. He wishes that they would approve the Rabies vaccine for every 3 years, but it's a work in progress. So we are only doing the Rabies vaccine for now.
Congratulations (dance). you've graduated and you're ready to walk this path alone, now (wave) . You have the foundation to help you feed your fuzzes in a more natural and healthy manner. Please remember that your learning never stops, and dietary needs change from ferret to ferret and throughout each their lives. I would also like you to be aware that though you now have the capability and the knowledge to create your little ones diets you are never alone and that your mentor (you need only pm) is always available to you. The list is also a very good resource and you should always be aware that it's available to answer any questions you may have either about diet or care. Good luck, in a few days either Sherry or I will lock down this thread but be aware that you can always look through it as a reference tool but you just will not be able to post to it. Your mentor will be in to congratulate you shortly (wave) . ciao
Congratulations Marnie and Sanuk, you've worked hard together to reach this point!
Every day is a new lesson, and we will never stop learning in our lifetime. Just because you have graduated the program doesn't mean you are on your own, if you ever need any help you can contact myself or the other staff with questions. I have several means of communication posted in my profile in addition to the normal forum channels or my email address, which is in my first post of the thread.