Mikeybox's Switching Thread/Hurricanekatt Apr 19, 2011 13:23:07 GMT -5
Post by katt on Apr 19, 2011 13:23:07 GMT -5
Apr 19, 2011 13:07:11 GMT -5 @mikeybox said:OK checking in...
I vacuumed out all the wood shavings from their cage and put old towels in there instead which I can wash when they get dirty. My fuzzbutts are about 90% litterbox trained when in their cage so I think we'll be fine without the wood
Fenton and Fiona both came back to the chicken wings later to gnaw on them some more, and Fenton woke up this morning and went to town on one of them, stripping off all remaining skin and meat so only most of the wing bones are left (with parts missing they ate off the ends). The other chicken wing is about half eaten.
Had to rush off to work so after morning playtime I left the remaining chicken wing with them and added about a chicken-wing-sized chunk of turkey back that I picked up last night. Surprisingly they both started eating at it right away with less hesitation than the chicken wings, maybe it smells and tastes enough like chicken that they knew it was food already?
Hope that's enough meat to get them through the day until dinner time! Should I get some liver and heart on my way home from work or something?
Yes, get some heart and liver. Also look for a different meat so we can start adding variety in from the get-go. So far so good with turkey + chicken. They are very similar to each other though, so why don't you look for some pork chops or beef? I know that Koda loved beef cubes - like the kind you get for making stew. (He's allergic to beef though and can't have it anymore ), and ground meat is always a yummy treat too. Not very good for their teeth to eat all of the time, but they sure like it!
They will get better at the bones as they go. Right now they need to build up the jaw strength so the wing tips will be the first parts to go as they are softer and easier to chew. Eventually they will gobble the whole wing with no problem whatsoever.
As for the turkey, they should gobble up almost any meat you put in front of them now. The biggest thing is getting past the texture and taste. Now that they know meat = food they will never look back! There will inevitably be some meats that they need a little coaxing to eat, but really kits will eat anything and everything. Even things that they are not supposed to.
For potty training, cover everything except the litter box with bedding and toys. If they miss, clean it up really well with vinegar, or diluted bleach, or water and baking soda (don't mix any of those of course lol) as soon as possible. Then, keep the litter box just a little bit dirty all of the time. This way they know that is where the poop goes. Once they get the idea, most ferrets (there are always exceptions) will usually not want to poop on their bedding and toys. Out of the cage litter training is a bit of a different ball game.