Got back and gave them their first bit of soup of the weekend. Molly ate on her own and Stitch only needed one finger to get him to start I will weigh them tomorrow to stay somewhat consistant with the time of day I weigh them at.
Stitch seems to be only interested in eating the soup when there's a bit of egg mixed in. Is that something I could keep out in the cage with the soup while I'm at school? When I feed them an egg I usually span it out throughout the day as Molly won't eat just plain egg.
Play time was good today and poops are looking normal for the most part I got a little mucousy one this morning but I haven't gotten another. Stitch weighs 1230g Molly weighs 840g Both on empty tummys
You can mix egg in with the soup and leave it out in the cage. However, we recommend that ferrets get no more than 1 egg per week. So if you are able to mix an egg into a week's worth of soup the that is fine, but anymore than that is too much egg for them.
Do you have an Asian market or somewhere in your area that you could find quail eggs? These are really tiny so you could give more of them in a week. That might work a bit better.
Or... Now I can't remember but have you tried salmon oil or extra virgin olive oil? These are great for the coats and ferrets usually adore the taste. They work really well on top of soup as an incentive for more difficult switches to eat their soup on their own. Give one or both of those a try if you haven't already and if stitch really likes one then you can alternative oil and egg to make sure he only gets 1 chicken egg a week.
1/4 tsp of oil can be given per ferret per day. Or if you are alternating, you can give 1/2 tsp every second day. The olive oil can be given every day/every other day but Salmon oil should only be given twice a week cause it causes stinky icky poops. Or it can be mixed with extra Virgin olive oil and be given more often.
Give the extra virgin olive oil a try then for sure let me know if that helps at all. My ferrets really like it so I use it.
and yes eggs will cause runny poop. Thats why we say only 1 whole egg per ferret per week. If you feed just the yolks, you can feed a couple yolks a week instead of one whole egg a week. Never feed just the whites though, and these can cause deficiencies when fed alone.
Sounds good on the pork! Let me know when you have it. If you want, you can start adding little pieces of pork to the food as well. Or hand feed little pieces of pork dipped in the soup
Let me know how that goes.
Let's also work on getting those pieces of meat in the soup bigger slowly
Poops are firming up a bit since I took the egg away at 3ish. Stitch is back to not wanted to eat the soup by himself but after playtime I will see how he feels about a little olive oil. I have added the slivers of meat again to the soup. Stitch will eat them but Molly will still grab them in her mouth and then spit them out. She will continue to eat more soup after that but stitch will walk away from the plate like he doesn't know it's food again hahah brat. I am going to make a batch of soup tonight but if stitch still isn't eating it on his own after that should I try reducing the thickness? I feel like that may be a reason why he ate it with the egg as it made it all a bit runnier. Also I have bought the pork, I bought some ground stuff as I thought it would be easier to get into small enough bits for Molly to get used to. If a solid piece of meat is better I can go out and buy different stuff
Nevermind with the whole reducing the thickness bit... I put maybe 4-5 drops of olive oil on too of the soup and Stitch started eating. Maybe he's been fine eating on his own this whole time and I'm being paranoid!
It sounds to me like stitch is just being a typical stubborn ferret I'm guessing him eating it with the egg had more to do with the tastiness (ferrets LOVE) eggs, than with the soup being thinner.
If the oil works, just keep adding that. You can give him 1/4 tsp a day
Your ferrets are hilarious. Stitch will eat slivers but not soup on his own, Lola will eat the soup but not the slivers
I would try making the slivers a tiny bit smaller if you are able to. Then see if you can hand feed a few to Lola. She is probably just being lazy and thinking she can't chew them. Sometimes hand feeding helps them get over this. Use the oil with her too if she likes it.
Ground is perfectly fine for the pork I would hold off on that for a couple days, until you can get Lola eating the slivers of chicken. Though its entirely possible she will like the ground pork better, so if you want to give it a try, then go for it
And feel free to use the hungry method with Stitch too. He obviously LIKES the soup, so if he gets hungry enough, he will probably eat it on his own. And you're right, for all we know, he HAS been eating it on his own.
Hehe Molly not Lola but that's quite a cute name too!
I gave them some kibble for the day while I'm at school cuz I'm gone for 9 rather then 6 today. I'll try the pork today when I get home as I used all the small defrosted slivers of chicken. Plus it will be easier to get into smaller pieces
Haha don't worry about it The soup with the pork actually went over pretty good! Both ate well, still had to start stitch with the spoon but he was fine with the pork. Molly ate a couple pieces of the pork as well, she started to lick off the soup of some then I guess realized what the lump in her soup was and stopped eating hahaha so I just mixed it back up and hand fed her the rest of the bits. For the most part she just chewed them up except for one which she tried to get off me to spit it out but after holding her there for a few seconds she chewed it up and swollowed