My name is Killes. I recently graduated from uni with a degree in Journalism/PR. I love to read, watch musicals, travel, workout, play soccer/basketball and cuddle with my little monster Jean Pierre St. Luc Carignon.
Jean Pierre is my one and only ferret, but I'm considering getting him a brother or sister. I've had him for a year. His hobbies include eating, sleeping, climbing anything and everything, cuddling, playing tag, laughing, sleeping and exploring.
Can you spot him? (giggle)
Here he is doing what he does best. Zzzz....
Jean Pierre and I are so excited to get to learn from all of you and begin to talk ferrets! Thanks for reading loves . Cheers!
Last Edit: May 21, 2014 12:52:30 GMT -5 by Deleted
He is so cute and fluffy! And I love him name haha (dance) My sister calls her boy Rico Suave and one of my boys is Mr. Pepe Le Pew. Welcome to the forum! Do you plan to start the road to raw or are you already enjoying it?
Keeping the ferrets multicultural! I love it lol, such great names! I am interested in starting him on raw food, but I still have a few questions I want answers too before I actually begin the process. How do you find the process going for your little ones when you began? Were they reluctant at first? Mine is very stubborn and starved himself when I switched him to his current kibble so I'm a bit nervous to be switching him again.
I was fortunate to be able to start 4-5 month old kits. I am still in the process with Pepe, he has been kibble free for about 5 weeks now and was about 4 months when he started. We just added Oliver to the mix, he is about 4 months old also. Pepe switched pretty fast, we did have to 'mix' his kibble with the soupy for a day or two (which turns out is a no-no) but as soon as he discovered that the meat was FOOD he pretty much tries anything if he's hungry, which is always. Oliver has only been with us since Saturday, so 4 days, and is not taking to the soupy as easily. He eats it reluctantly if we scruff and stuff, where as Pepe switched within 3 days maybe to soupy. Pepe is doing great, Oliver will get there!
I was definitely hesitate about it at first and REALLY didn't understand the ratios and had to do a lot of reading about what meat is what. I am very type A when it comes to this kinda stuff and want a CLEAR direction or instruction to follow and although there are guidelines, there is also a BIT of.... guess work I guess is the best way to say it. What I mean by that is for instance they need 8-9 consumable bone meals, 3-4 muscle meat, 2 must be heart, and at least one meal of 2 oz of liver, the rest other organ. And as far as how many of each meal, which a few exceptions, all kinda depends on poops and what-not and you have to adjust based on knowing your ferret. Luckily it takes months to get any kind of deficiencies, but regardless I can't wait to get a mentor. If anything to reassure me I am doing it ok!
My best advice would be to apply for a mentor NOW (because it takes a while to get one (I applied March 15ish) so by the time it's your turn you will have had time to read through things, get your 15 posts, and maybe even feel confident enough to have started the soupy. (dance) Read through other mentor transitions, they are really helpful!
Also, if you have questions about specific things the best way to find it (the actual forum can be a web of randomness till you learn to navigate it better) is do a Google search for whatever it is and put 'holistic ferret forum' before it. For example: Holistic Ferret Forum scruff n stuff
The first link should be forums about the topic. We are THAT popular hehe (giggle)
Thank you for all of the insight. I am very type A as well. I was going to try starting Jean on soupys, but decided against it. I just don't feel confident enough, despite having done research, to wing it all on my own. So I will absolutely be signing up for a mentor soon. Thanks again Abby!
Hi and welcome please feel free to browse, post, ask questions etc! Check out the nutrition board, particularly the diet switch archives. Those will take you through the process from beginning to end. It took me 6 weeks to convince one of mine that the taste of raw puree wasn't actually going to poison him
Ferrets: Contessa Kitties: Watson, Oskar DIP Sinnead, Vincent, Boris, Zeus and Athena, Willow, Mr. Frodo, Indie, Lucrezia, Judge, Odin, Miss Emily, Suki, Cody, Aristotle, Butterscotch, Frankenfurter. RIP Herne, Ligeia, and Mr. Stubbs
Hi and welcome on board (wave) Please feel free to prowl around and check things out. Your little ones is adorable Read through threads, ask questions and get involved in discussions. If you're interested in trying to switch your little one to a species appropriate diet, read through some of the actual switching files. You can't post to them but it can give you some ideas about the issues they encountered and how they overcame them. ciao