everyone holding their own here. Sadie ate about half of what i left in her cage, stashed the other half lol, but at least she`s eating at night. She is still separated from the boys at night so i can monitor what she is eating without my white pigglet getting involved.
Boys doing good other then driving me crazy with scratching at the couch! ARGH not to like scratch like a cat would but to try to get INTO it.
Zeke eating a big chunk of rabbit meat with ribs right now, i can hear him crunching the ribs.
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Sadies poops have been good, well formed nice normal colour. I've been lowering the amount of pumpkin slowly. She has had a few half seedy poops. So what can cause that? is it fat absorption, or lack of? I'd like to start getting her on to chunkier stuff soon, but so far any i add to her mix she just picks out and drops. brat! lol
Sadie just plain might need more bulk in her diet. The seedy poops are malabsorption of fat, so the pumpkin will slow it down. Which makes me think that maybe it really is IBS.
For my cats and ferrets I've given up giving them their organ servings plain. I chop it up and mix it in their raw soup each night. They will eat fairly large chunks of bird liver, but pretty much everything else has to be in wee tiny morsels. Maybe they'll change their mind eventually, but if you've found something that works, I'd just keep doing that. It's not like they get a lot of dental benefit from organs.
sadie getting better at eating on her own, and at just eating in general. The poops are decent. a couple looser but not liquid.
Zeke seems to go through stages where he`ll eat chunks fine and then where he`ll only eat the mushed mix. should i not give him that mix? I use it mostly for adding pumpkin,soups, and any suppliments they might be getting. and i only offer it at night.
Ferrets are fussy, picky creatures. They will always find something to turn their nose up at, even if they ate it with gusto a few days prior.
I think soup is a wonderful thing since we can hide so many of the "icky" things in it, so I wouldn't stop feeding it. Are you sure it's chunks he decides he doesn't like or is it the meat itself? My little buddies are SO picky that they will refuse to eat the same meat two days in a row. If he's not going on a hunger strike, just chalk it up to him being a regular bratty fert, offer him what's on the menu and he'll either eat it or he won't. Skipping a meal or two is no biggie for a healthy ferret. In fact, some people fast their ferrets one day a week because they feel that it's more natural.
Okay so going to keep the mush for organs. Zeke's favourite seems to be rabbit pieces, and Neka... well anything! but hearts and gizzards he goes a little nutso over.
Sadie doing well with eating on her own these days. She'll eat what is left for her, and when i sit to feed her. She has actually stopped doing the "grab a tiny piece and run into the feeding box and chop on it for a minute then try to leave" (about 90% stopped this). Now she will just stand there and eat right off the spoon, i hardly have to hold her to get her to eat anymore. She is still getting, about 1/4 pumpkin in her mix (two cubes meat, one cube raw soup, one cube pumpkin, is the normal mix). Poops have been good all week. Not too orange considering the amount of pumpkin.
SO is it too early to move her up a bit on chunks? she's on all mush. I dont want to rush her, but ... lol The last time i tried she wouldn't eat them. I haven't found anything she LOVES. I've tried fish oil, pumpkin and olive oil on small chunks, with no luck. and they are pretty small, as small as i could cut them.
Got a few small small chunks in her by hand feeding her. WHat she does though with most is get them in her mouth, chew once or twice then then fall out and she goes bck to the bowl and igores the chunk. oy