No problem, just a small update: Yesterday I gave Sigmund two chunks of quail wing (bone, skin, meat) and while I gently scruffed him in my lap and held it for him to chew, he chewed one piece and chewed second one all by himself! Moreover, in the evening I caught him chewing a piece of rabbit spine he found in transporter (in the morning some of the Cripple Battalion stashed it there)
Then we can do a weekly repport per ferret and a meal plan per week (depending on the raw foods you have available), adjust it to the required balance and see how it goes. The moment they eat all well, we can change to a different meal set up for example if you prefer to feed a small amount of organs each day instead of a whole meal.
The example of the weekly repport would look like this (if they've all eaten the same, posting the weekly menu once would be enough):
1. Ferret's name: 2. Ferret's weight: 3. Ferret has eaten "X" amount on average per meal. 4. Stools on various proteins. 5. Activity levels: 6. Weekly menu:
I really hope you will get well soon. At least you don't have to worry about ferrets food for some time now
I have similar feeding plan for Cripple batallion
Every day of the week evening meal is edible bone in meat; on Mon, Sun morning meal too. Tuesday morning meal is liver, Wednesday and Thursday meat, Friday heart and Saturday organs combined (usually liver, kidney, sometimes spleen etc).
I am afraid that Signy and Hogar won't eat edible bone in meat :/ I'm still keeping Loki on mix because he is still on therapy (by the end of this week).
Our usual ritual is, they get out for playtime in the evening, Loki gets Sucralfate and shots, than eats, than Methylpred and antibiotics. Others play for some time, than Signy starts to search for food so I give it to her on little plate. She always tries to stash bigger chunks and eat them in the tubes or wherever more private, it seems. Hogar tends to do that, too.
How do I make them eat, chicken with bone in for instance, now?
Thank you! I think I got away with a little runny nose, but nothing else *knock on wood*
Could you try to smash up bones? Hammer a chicken wing and see if they try to eat it this way? And offer, offer, offer and insist they should try. The more persistent you are the easier it will be to get them to try.
As they eat chicken breast, so they know the taste, you can "starve" them a little and give them some waiting time before offering chicken with bone! (As long as it is a protein/ animal they already know, that's fine).
You can also make the portions smaller and offer the same like for 3 days in a row.
As I messaged earlier, like tango, one step forward, two back :/ I am a bit frustrated at this point but I know this is just minor setback. Sigmund is the only one who is having regular chicken wing tips and smaller pieces for supper, other are refusing/stashing. Hogar and Signy have to be held still to eat pieces from a bowl and plate now, occasionally helped with the spoon. Loki is eating his raw puree with chunks of meat and he is chewing nicely but don't intend to share enthusiasm for chicken wings tips with Sigmund.
Last few days I regularly catch Sigmund and Signy (youngest ones in switching team) to chew and grind bones which Zina stashes around in the morning and we don't manage to find (under drawer in study and similar cool places). They don't mind that bones are rabbit and quail or duck, but she makes whole lotta drama when I try to feed her those on purpose.
Update regarding health - all four of them are scheduled for teeth cleaning during following 2 weeks - two here at our local vet who would like to learn more about them and agreed to follow my instructions regarding procedure and other two at Zagreb at vet who has experience already and we cooperate with him as an Association.
Any special instructions regarding feeding day or two after the procedure?
Hang in there, you do great! They will come around and eat it!
Regarding teeth cleaning, actually it will depend on the procedure and the result. If they have to remove teeth and oral cavity presents infection, then stick to small easy to swallow pieces for the following 2 days. I usually gived them a plate with different foods to chose and sometimes they shock me as they chose to eat pieces with bone.
Sigmund is eating regular evening meal of chicken wings (tips and smaller parts with bones). His teeth are becoming more and more clean on daily basis! It is FASCINATING!!! Since he chews more on one side, teeth on the other side are drastically more tartar covered than this one - in fact, this side is almost clean It is great! I manage to stuff one to two tips in Hogar's mouth and he is chewing them with moderate enthusiasm Signy is recovering from foreign body, on Thursday she chewed 10 centimeters of soft foam/rubber isolation tape which she dug under the balcony door. I found one side of the isolation unsticked and chewed/bitten on Thursday evening but didn't know who did it. I suspected her or Loki. On Friday they all acted normally. Yesterday morning she vomited pieces all over the cage and acted normally, ate, played and was active but in the evening she started to present signs of abd pain, unable to poop, refusing to eat. We put her on SQ fluids, spasmolitic and some other meds since we had to wait for the vet office to opet in the morning. By morning she vomited once more and pooped one more piece of this isolation. We did ultrasound at vet, it came clean, she got meds for a week and she finally ate some grind meat. She pooped in transporter too but since she wasn't eating (except a bit of salmon oil and egg yolk when we gave her meds and fluids yesterday evening) her poop was awful smelly mess.