Bonbon's Switching Thread / Machan Dec 22, 2015 8:04:16 GMT -5
Post by Deleted on Dec 22, 2015 8:04:16 GMT -5
Sorry to hear about your laptop. ;A;
Posting in small chunks is fine, especially if you want to avoid losing information. I've done that so many times using mobile. I actually downloaded Evernote(has an autosave feature) when I must use my mobile to type in long messages, then I just copy and paste. hehe.
I can understand how you're concerned about Bonbon eating less at the current moment.
I think his weights sound quite good and as long as it stays in the same range then there shouldn't be any issue.
Feeding both Benji and Bonbon seperate for now sounds like a good idea. Try weighing out the food before giving it to him and then weighing the left overs (if any) before the next meal. That should help to work out how much he's eating. Some people keep a ferret log to keep track on these things, you can do that too if you would like. I do keep one myself, however, I only use it to monitor weights since I already have an idea on how much my guys eat per day. Also keep in mind that there will probably be days where ferrets will eat a lot less than usual. Sometimes weather can play a role in it (e.g. hot weather may cause less eating) Especially if its hot or humid weather. Other reasons can be boredom of a certain protein which sometimes happens if they have the same type of protein frequently. Sometimes there will even just be days where they feel like eating less. Chicken and CGH are the same protein, so if you notice Bonbon is eating less due to the protein, maybe you can switch proteins from another meal from the week (such as pork).
It's also not unusual for ferrets to cut down on how much they eat as they progress through the switch. Some ferrets eat more in general and can eat 8oz or over per day, some will eat less and eat around 3oz or under a day. Sometimes they may even eat more some days and less other days. Usually its the girls who scare us with how little they eat, but It definitely isn't rare for males.
The water technique is a good one. Another would be to blend a little bit of the meat and pour it over the top of some chunks. I tend to do this for hot weather days.
I didn't even know there was a new star wars movie until literally yesterday ahaha!
Back to Bonbon, I don't think it's anything to worry over since he is still eating and still quite playful when he's out. That shows that he's eating what he needs for his energy. Sometimes the weights can change, especially if you weigh when he has a stomach full or a stomach empty. I tend to weigh my guys in the morning before their first meal of the day.
I'm off to sleep now since its now 12AM where I am.
I'll check in again tomorrow night.
Big hugs to the two cuties!