Thanks! I hope she has more energy, she didn't even come out of the cage tonight, although thankfully she did eat her egg + soup. That level of apathy is rare. I'm really glad she's going to the vet tomorrow.
I'm thinking salmon oil is good enough for when I fetch her, she definitely loves that stuff, and I want to make sure she's hungry enough for the egg + Baytril combo. BTW egg is now down to 0.4 oz which is good coz otherwise it's a rate of 1 egg every 2 days!
The vet just called -- the cleaning went great, no extractions, and her head & body x-rays are clean!! She'll be ready to pick up in about 2 h I'm relieved, and mostly reassured that she probably is OK. I'm looking forward to seeing if there's any difference after the teeth cleaning! Thanks for thinking of us
It's a dreary day here with snow expected tomorrow-why?? Sigh, I guess Spring will get here when it gets here
How are you and how is little Maisie doing? How long does she have to be on the Baytril? Are her poops still good? (formed and brown) Is her appetite back? Are you still doing just soup or sneaking in some slivers?
Sorry to blast you with questions (sniff)
Hope all is well on your side! Tomorrow is Friday!! (dance)
Maisie spent the entire day yesterday sleeping in her cage. She didn't come out at all! I served her breakfast and dinner in bed, and she did eat, just a little less than usual (0.5 oz meat instead of her usual 0.7). I figured she was still sleeping off the anesthesia in her system. I haven't added the slivers back in yet and I really should. I'll try tonight.
Her poop has been mostly good, just a little sloppy this morning and with a tiny bit of foam. I think it's because I'm giving her a lot of egg to go with the Baytril, and maybe also the Baytril itself -- this is day 5, only 2 more days to go. I could try hiding it in her soup, but then I don't have the guarantee that she'll get the full dose. At least it's the best possible time for her to be overdosing on egg: she is definitely blowing her coat!
This morning for the first time she refused her egg + Baytril -- eek!! I don't know if it was the taste -- I'd reduced the egg to 0.2 oz and maybe that's too little. She eventually ate it when I added egg & soup and made sure it was warm. I do not want to go back to syringing!
I guess I'm feeling a little tired and discouraged -- for absolutely no reason at all!! Perhaps the never-ending amount of food prep. Oh, did I tell you? I got a very professional looking apron! That cheered me right up. Gotta make it fun
So glad to hear from you! And I'm glad Maisie Is doing well!
Just wanted to pop in and say you do not have to do the slivers tonight. Since she only has 2 more days of baytril, staying with the soup is fine. Unless, of course, you want to give her slivers then go right ahead! (I didn't want you to think Iwas pushing it).
Congrats on the apron! The food prep does get exhausting, but it will get easier-hang in there!
Thank you for replying so fast! You 2 have been on my mind! I hope you and Maisie sleep well!
Yeah, I decided to wait until the end of the Baytril before trying slivers again. The last two days she's been ignoring the egg & meds mix! Luckily so far she's been persuaded with a kind of raw ham omelet, and I don't want to risk that!
Don't worry, you haven't been pushing me, I just feel like a bad mentee if I don't make enough progress! I'll be very glad to be past the medication stage (again). She remembers the syringing: she still shies away from me if my hand comes close to her scruff
I've been thinking of getting some lamb this weekend to mix in with the pork liver/kidney/heart, since I know that's a safe meat for her, just to switch things up. Do you think that's a good idea? Or is it better to stick with pork and work on the sliver size?
Oh no, she's on to your tricks Poor Maisie, she's such a little trooper! So tomorrow should be the last day of meds (right?) and then we can start fresh Sunday! Oh no! - You are a wonderful mentee and progressing very well! :thumbsup: I definitey want both you and Maisie to feel comforable with the switch so I don't mind us taking time especially since you both have been through so much! (even though Maise is the patient, I'm sure you feel some stress too)
I think lamb would be a great addition, especially now. Lamb should be very easy on her tummy too! This will be bold, but try 50/50 pork and lamb meat for the soup (plus your pork heart and liver). If she takes that okay, then we'll add in some slivers (either one protein or both).
If you don't get around to getting the lamb-that's okay too. We can just start with incorporating the slivers again with the pork.
I will be traveling this weekend (if you remember, I'm a pokemon nerd and this weekend is PA State Championships which is located in New Holland-close to Philadelphia) and I'm not sure how the reception will be, but I'll be home Sunday. Gamma(my mother-in-law) will be babysitting the crew. Tom and I are so lucky that she loves them as much as we do. And the babies love her too-so much that I don't think they even miss us when we're gone! (sniff)
So, let me know what you decided (lamb or not) and have a great weekend if I don't talk to you until Sunday!!!
Hello! How did your Pokemon weekend go? I hope you had fun
I think I killed my 3rd blender this morning. I'm hoping after cooling down for the day it'll work again! I was in a hurry this weekend and just got pork. So pork soup again, including 0.1 oz slivers. Yay! I can definitely up that. Her eating's been pretty steady although I'm not exactly sure of the proportions of this latest batch of soup, since it was transferred to an even crappier blender with added water. But she's very consistent right now, so I think we're good.
Weekend weigh-in: Jan 19 835 g (1 lb 13.5 oz) Feb 22 1005 g (2 lbs 3.5 oz) Mar 22 945 g (2 lbs 1.4 oz) Mar 29 935 g (2 lbs 1 oz)
I was going to get a friend to help me get a pic of her canines so we can age-check her (she's supposed to be 3 this month) but she was so angelically asleep neither of us had the heart to disturb her.
I think she very briefly ground her teeth on Saturday, but other than that, nothing at all, which is great! She's still got a couple of days left of omeprazole but I'm not too worried about that. I'm just glad we got the antibiotics down.
She's still shedding. How are your little ones? In their summer coats yet?
Aww thank you! It was a long trip, but we had a good time! Always great to come home and snuggle with the babies though
Oh no! I hope your blender will be okay I'm so glad that Maisie is eating better! Maybe each day, try adding 3 more slivers and see how she does?
Yay! Her weight is good! :thumbsup:
Isn't it funny how we can't disturb their precious slumber, but we have no probably sacrificing our own sleep for the fuzzies?!? Hehe! If you do get a picture of her teeth, I'll tag some experienced mentors and they can ballpark her age.
Aw, thank you for asking! I have been increasing their egg intake because, yes, they are shedding non-stop! Sometimes having more than 1 ferret can make "work" easier or could make it more challenging. For example, they do not eat at the same time and apparently I starve them because whoever is at the plate must eat or stash the food as fast as they can! (headwall) So, yesterday I would try to make sure everyone got "enough egg" while Reshie licked his dish and everyone else's clean and then had the hiccups for 10 minutes; Elvyra took off twice (she's so fast) with mouthfuls of egg, and a trail of it following her, to hide behind the couch; Pepper and Zoey were very ladylike by having enough to eat and wiped their little faces when they were done! and Zekrom had some runny poops all day=too much egg for him Never a dull moment in our house!
Just a quick update! She is eating a lot right now, had 2 oz of soup for breakfast and wants more... (she'll get it, just not all at once). Yesterday I kept giving her food in increments of 0.5 oz meat and she had 4 courses!!! I wonder if the tooth cleaning did this, made eating less painful? Although she did definitely grind her teeth yesterday evening when I came home. Do you think it could be because she's hungry? I made sure she got a full dose of omeprazole. Only two days left of that.
Slivers last night: added 0.2 oz with her first helping: all eaten, yay! 2nd helping no slivers, I was trying to keep up with her. Then I tried just slivers in warm water, but she didn't go for it. Decided to start out with slivers next time... and completely forgot this morning. Oops.
Blender: dead. I've been transferring bits to my tiny, even crappier blender which has held out all this time (probably because by the time I get to it, I'm super careful and add lots of water!). Not sure what to do yet -- is getting a sturdier blender really worth it? And only for raw meat? I'll mull this over for a while.
I can't imagine trying to keep track of 5 ferrets!!!! Maisie started stashing raw meat for the first time yesterday, only the bits that got stuck in her teeth and were too big for her to chew through (not slivers). I think it's a good thing because big pieces used to freak her out, and she'd generally just stop eating after that. Now she's thinking of them as something that might come in handy later... I'm not looking forward to finding my first unexpected meat stash! Oh, the other night I dreamed that I ate a piece of jerkified raw meat!!!!! The next day, I was horrified for a second until I remembered it was a dream!!!!!
OK, enough exclamation points from me, time to dial down the coffee Thanks, as always
Yay the little piggy is back! (giggle) If you can, let her eat as much as she wants! I wonder if her seasons are backwards? (usually ferrets eat more for winter and less for summer) Maybe she's making up for lost time when her teeth were hurting? Either way, feed her as much as she wants
I don't like that she's grinding her teeth When does she do it? (before she eats, after she eats, does she stop eating and then grind her teeth, randomly?) Is there a pattern or very sporatic? How are her poops? Are you able to look at the roof of her mouth (ulcers?) And a silly question, what is the omeprazole for? (shy) I'm going to tag Jason (bitbyter) and see if he has any insight as to why she's grinding her teeth.
Great sliver work! Keep adding a couple more each feeding! (If she leaves them behind, put them in the fridge and offer them, with some soup, the next feeding. That way you're not wasting and it reminds Maisie that she will keep getting slivers so she better eat them!) Hehe, you are doing a great job! :thumbsup:
RIP Blender Umm, my opinion on getting another blender-you do need something to make soup. Does the little blender make a 'chunky' soup? (because that works!) I wonder if there are blenders out there for under $20? It's nice to be able to make her some soupie, even once she's fully switched. I can't imagine slicing up her "soup" into teeny tiny pieces-maybe tell Maisie you won't buy another blender so she has to eat all slivers from now on! :evil4: hehe
Oh yes, the intro to stashing-it's fun huh?!? Elvyra is my number 1 stasher whether it's egg, soup, chunks, bone, toys, tunnels, us humans! Ha, the worst was organ soup (we have a cream colored carpet)- when she realized the soup disappeared in her mouth before she got to the couch, she decided it was better to take the plate and drag that...upside down... :angrymob: (soup now stays in the cage for consumption!)
That's wonderful that she's not scared of bigger pieces! (dance) Finding your first stash is fun (cough) and I'm glad your jerkified meat was only a dream! Hehe!