I am not sure when I will be getting a mentor so I am going to use this thread to keep track of Jean Pierre's transition from kibble to a raw diet.
I started the the little one on soupie for the very first time today and to my surprise he went right up to my spoon and took in a good amount on his own. He tried to run away after a couple of spoonfuls so I scruffed him and then he began to lap away eating about half of the amount I poured into a small bowl. I only saw him touch his kibble briefly, so I'm hopping that he will be ready to eat more soup for dinner. Since he did not seem to have a problem with his soup (I made this batch very watery) I want to make the next batch thicker.
For the soupy recipe I used: 8 oz chicken thigh 2 chicken hearts (came out to 1 oz) 1 liver (1 oz) 1tps eggshell (I have seen a couple of different measurements for eggshell. Is is 1 tps or 1/2 tps???)
SOOO Jean Pierre is loving the soup. I give him 2 cubes for breakfast and 2 cubes for dinner and I don't even have to bribe him to come to me. He just sticks his head in the bowl and nomms away. Tomorrow I'm going to be giving him 3 cubes since he seems to want more when he is done. Although he will eat the soup cold he doesn't like it too much. Once the meat thaws to room temperature I put the bowl of soup inside of a larger bowl that contains hot water to warm up the soup (he LOVES that). Since switching to the soup I have noticed that he is having semi liquid poops and he seems to be sleeping a lot more. (Is that a side affect of changing his diet? I'm thinking he has a upset tummy or something and is trying to sleep it off??? ) I'm going to keep an eye on the amount of time he spends sleeping.
Lastly, he hasn't eaten his kibble during the past two days, but at night his loud munching has woken me up. I'm not yet sure if that is something of significance or not, but I'm still learning and going to continue reading to figure out my next moves when it comes to switching his diet.
That's GREAT news! I would definitely be giving him more soupy if you think he will eat it. At the beginning they eat like little piggies! I'm not sure how much in oz the cubes are, but for comparison my Pepe was eating close to 13-15oz a day at the beginning! It was nuts! It slowed down after a few weeks, but I never felt like I gave him enough. I am not sure about the effects of it making them more sleepy?? It's getting warmer too, and that will make them lazier too. Are you removing the kibble a few hours before and after eating the soupy? If not that can cause a sick tummy, if that is truly what you are worried about. The poops, unfortunately, are yucky. I would just 'watch' them and make sure they don't become too bad for too long. Pepe especially got really weird poops. SMELLY and runny and seedy and SO random. Have you ran across the poop chart yet? It is helpful.
Also, since he is eating the soupy so well, I am betting you can remove the kibble at night and just leave a bowl of soupy for him to much on. Don't be too, too worried about it going bad. The babes won't eat it if it does go bad, so you don't have to worry about them getting sick typically. We will let a mentor chime in to confirm this, but it seems like JP is ready!
Muahahahaha !!! so I made a new batch of soup, this time very thick, and I left it in the cage for Jean to eat and when I came back sure enough it was all gone! yay!
So I want to get him off his kibble permanently, but as you said Abby I would like a mentor to chime in and confirm that it is okay to leave soup in the cage at night. As far as his poop goes it seems to be very soft, but has a poop like shape.
Last Edit: May 10, 2014 19:40:19 GMT -5 by Deleted
Soupy stools are much more sloppy compared to kibble stools. If there is some form to it you're doing well. Start adding small slivers of meats to the next batch of soupies. Like the tip of your fingernail. That's good for a start ciao
I started giving JP 3 cubes of soup and he is gobbling it up. Tomorrow I'm going to make another batch and begin to leave the soup out at night. As for adding small slivers of meat should I cut up tiny portions and add to a majority of blended soup or should I cut it all up into tiny pieces and see if he eats it like that?