I would check with Sherry on the fasting question. You have time to PM her and get a response. I know that its usually advised to fast for about four hours before a test, but I've also seen Sherry discuss this. So, to be on the safe side, PM her.
I'm so glad that Shepard is doing so well and has discovered the joys of a good cuddle.
I will send her a pm later. Harder to di from a phone!
My gut says there's something "wrong" with Shepherd. Maybe nothing that can't be managed, but something his previous owner couldn't handle. He was very lean even at the shelter, where Inara was and still is a good weight.
Well, Shepherd is taking to raw like a champ. He's gaining some muscle and starting to feel solid when I pick him up. He's eating big pieces, not as much bone as the girls but we'll get there. It takes him a few minutes to figure out how to chew off a piece but he's getting the hang of it.
Inara, on the other hand, wants no part of the raw thing. She's eating enough to get by but not enough to keep her fat and sassy. So letting her have kibble this morning and will start all over with her on soup tonight. She's going to have to stay in the travel cage until she's at least eating commercial raw, just so I can supervise what she is eating. I don't like isolating her but until I know she's eating SOMETHING for sure, I have to monitor her extra closely.
Shepherd is getting on very well with River and Kaylee, snuggling, playing and dooking all over with them, Inara is tolerating them. They both love love love human interaction above all else.
Shepherd was a HUNGRY boy today!!! He ate half a CGH breast and a whole CGH wing for breakfast, then when I got home he was ready to launch himself onto the legs of the CGH, but they were still too frozen to eat as I didn't think about the fact that I was going to offer them for dinner and froze them this morning, so he had to wait. He nibbled at a pinky mouse, but then decided he needed to play instead, so Kaylee ate it because she freakin' loves mice, period!
Inara is being much more challenging. Right now I'm trying to work her up to eating her kibble soaked, so I can get her onto soup. She had been doing fine, eating freeze dried and frozen raw, but suddenly started refusing it all. So, back to square one and a slooooow and gradual switch for her. I'm separating her from the others at meal times right now, just to make sure I can see exactly how much and what she's eating. Then she can go back in with them while I'm at work and overnight.
Inara is once again eating frozen Nature's Variety. Which means I can get her to eat soup made from it voluntarily and then use that to introduce meats more easily! Yay! She's very petite, and since being off kibble has lost that fatness she had before. She did get skinny for a few days, but she's gaining weight back and, as with Shepherd, the new weight is solid, feels much more muscular. She HAS at least nibbled at a few of the meats I've offered the others. She's no longer being fed in the travel cage, as she's comfortable enough with the other girls to eat with them around.
Shepherd eats just about everything. He's still learning to manage big chunks and such, but he's doing it. He eats mice with River and Kaylee, beef heart, chicken heart, my organ mix (half chicken liver, part beef kidney, part beef sweetbreads), chicken wings, cornish game hens (he eats a quarter of a bird, EASILY), lamb, pork, and frog legs. He hasn't had any more episode of wobbliness or retching / vomiting.
Kaylee is overjoyed with the thought of there being soupies available more often...that little teeny girl can slurp a quarter cup of soup in fifteen minutes. At least I know if I ever need to put her on a liquid diet she will take it.
She apparently waited ALL day for me to get over my migraine and come in to hang out with the ferrets, and then when she saw me, she ran up, and started chewing and breaking off and eating the ribs from a chicken back, and the meat. She ate a lot! This morning is chicken breast, and she dove right in to that without hesitating. (well, after a cuddle, she looooooves cuddles)