1. Ferret's name: Sir Gustav Gusington - or GusGus 2. Ferret's weight: Last weigh-in was 2.9 pounds, which is up from 2.5. 3. Ferret has eaten "X" amount on average per meal. - on average he's eating about 2.5-3 oz at a time. 4. Stools on various proteins. - I honestly haven't noticed much of a difference in his stool. Is there something specific I'm supposed to look for? 5. Activity levels: They have SKYROCKETED! Between the new diet, and the prednisolone, he's like an entirely different fuzzbutt! 6. Weekly menu: On his menu, most days, it's been soupies. I occasionally will cut up pieces of giblets and heart, see if I can hand feed it. Sometimes he'll take it, sometimes he won't. It really just depends. However, today for his lunch I put some giblets, turkey neck, chicken hearts and chicken thigh meat in the food processor with some warm water and mixed it just a bit so it has chunks in it, but they aren't that big. He seemed to really like it. I think I'm the one that hates it the most though. The smell about makes me gag!
Sorry for ym late reply. I read this earlier but couldn't get to the computer to write up a reply. With the stools, you can simply describe what the stool is like consistency, colour or texture, smell wise. Stools tend to change depending on what meals are fed. Example, organ meals produce a somewhat smelly stool, that may be loose and dark in colouring.
Super great to hear that GusGus is having great energy! Keep trying with the giblet or other meaty chunks. Once he starts to willingly take those and eats the chunks, we can start to introduce other protein types. (Good proteins to try after chicken would be pork and lamb. Beef is more mild, but you're more than welcome to try any of those as slivers or chunks.) If you can manage to get some chicken wings, I would be tempted to give him a whole one and see if he eats it or not. (otherwise you're more than welcome to chop them up into segments or chunks. I will post an image below to show an example of ways they can be fed furing a transition.)
No problem~ I'm here to help, so if you do have any questions, don't hesitate to ask~ Just keep on trying with the chunks. He'll come around. I will be posting a lesson soon, so you can read it in your free time.
Taurine, an organic acid which is found in all animal tissues, is not degraded by the freeze-thaw process when it comes to raw meats, however it is degraded when it is cooked or exposed to heat of some kind.
Feeding cooked meat, especially if you have made it homemade is a huge risk to your obligate carnivore since Taurine is essential for your ferrets overall health and is lost during the cooking process. Cooking in general causes a loss in many nutrients. Enzymes are destroyed by cooking.
Digestive enzymes are produced primarily in the pancreas and released into the duodenum to help digest food coming from the stomach. However since Digestive enzymes are destroyed during cooking, the chore is left to the intestines or the pancreas themselves to secrete amylase and other digestive enzymes. Enzymes are important. They don’t just help to digest the food – they are living proteins that help repair DNA, make hormones, prevent clotting and so on. Eating a diet of cooked and processed foods would put incredible stress on our ferret's bodies. The pancreas in particular, since it has to produce massive quantities of digestive enzymes after consuming a food that is devoid of enzymes.
Long term consumption of a diet consisting of completely cooked meat can lead to alot of over worked organs, which can then lead to very horrible diseases. This does not mean that you cannot feed cooked meat though. It is recommended to be only a treat, not something that is the entire diet. Never feed cooked bones to your ferrets as they can pose a serious risk. Once the bone in meat has gone through the cooking process, it can remove the nutritional value of the meat and the bones become more brittle, increasing the risk of splintering.
Can Ferrets synthesise Taurine?
Obligate carnivores are not able to synthesise all the taurine they need from other amino acids (such as methionine and cysteine) unlike some other carnivores and unlike herbivores or omnivores. This means that it is essential to their diet and must be fed to the ferret.
What is the role of Taurine?
Taurine is a major constituent of bile and can be found in the large intestine. Taurine has many fundamental biological roles, such as conjugation of bile acids, anti-oxidation, osmoregulation, membrane stabilisation, and modulation of calcium singling. It is essential for cardiovascular function, and development and function of skeletal muscle, the retina, and the central nervous system.
Is Taurine an Amino Acid?
Taurine is unusual among biological molecules in being a sulfonic acid, while the vast majority of biologically occurring acids contain the more weakly acidic carboxyl group. While taurine is sometimes called an amino acid, and indeed is an acid containing an amino group, it is not an amino acid in the usual biochemical meaning of the term, which refers to compounds containing both an amino and a carboxyl group.
What may happen if Taurine is not in the diet?
A diet that does not have enough taurine can cause the heart to stretch and enlarge (dilated cardiomyopathy). This can lead to congestiveheart failure and in worse cases, death. In the eye, a low taurine diet can cause blindness from central retinal degeneration.
In order for any issue to arise, a Deficiency must drag on for a certain length time. It may take months, it may take years, it all depends on the ferret.
Can I feed too much Taurine?
Taurine is a water soluble nutrient, so that makes it incredibly rare that a ferret would overdose on Taurine. If a ferret eats something and there is too much taurine in it, the excess is simply excreted VIA urine.
I will give you another lesson on Water Soluble and Fat Soluble Vitamins another day.
So where can Taurine be found?
The main source of Taurine for our ferrets in the Frankenprey menu is Hearts. Taurine can also be found in other types of meat, but hearts are essential to insure they get an appropriate amount of Taurine in their diet. If you cannot find hearts or need another option, brain, and tongue also have a high amount of Taurine. Raw (beef) tongue is also the next best option to hearts as it is very high in Taurine. In fact, Tongue has a higher amount of Taurine than that of Heart and is also quite fatty. Beef tongue is a good option if you can find it or if it is in your budget.
If you cannot locate a Heart, or Tongue, Supplementing with a Taurine powder can be used short term until you can find alternative sources for Taurine. A health food store should have Taurine powder. It may be handy to have stored away for emergencies. Supplementing Taurine is 500mg/Day per ferret.
This thread has some good information on Supplementing with Taurine Powder/Capsules.
Awesome! We're going out tonight to see if we can get another couple packs of gizzards and hearts for him. That's the best we can do until we can get to Greenville, which is an hour or so away from us.
I made him a little area in the office so he could be running around while I'm working. He's found his way out of it already. So now I'm probably gonna have to put him back in his cage, and I don't wanna. I don't want him free roaming yet because we haven't ferret proofed everything, and because I'm a worry wart.
I thought I replied earlier but it seems my reply didn't post. --- Ferret proofing can be quite a challenge. You may have to think out of the box and try your best to close off any escape areas. There is also the option of those marshall play pen. You can also get a top for it so ferrets cannot escape (hopefully!)
How is the raw transition going today? Also how has he been insulinoma wise, no other signs of him potentially crashing?
I would deffinetly work on getting his BG checked. You can also invest in your own reader just to get readings easily from home when ever needed. If I remember correctly, it was AlphaTRAK 2 Blood Glucose Monitor that was a firm favourite for many ferret owners. However you can also get one that requires a small blood drop to get a reading. More info on using them can be found here.
He's doing great! No signs of crashing or anything. He's been running around, playing and laughing and just acting like an all out nut!
As soon as I have the financial means he's definitely going to the vet. I honestly just don't have any funds right now for it. But I'm making it work!
The raw is going well! He still weirds out when eating chunks, but I'm slowly trying to incorporate it into his diet. He's been getting his meds on time, twice a day, and eating a LOT. I've also noticed an increase in his water intake, though I still worry about him getting dehydrated. His skin doesn't stand up on the back of his neck when I check, but I still worry.
He's presently running around, causing chaos.
As for the free roaming, we're thinking of making it so we can block off the kitchen, and close the doors to the spare rooms so he only has access to the living room, office, and hallway while I'm working. I think that's going to be the best idea, so he can run around and enjoy himself but still be safe. I think my biggest fear is him crashing and me not being able to find him.
Ferrets get a majority of their water intake from theirnrae food the increased eater intake may be due to the pred. Either way, it is good to hear that he's well hydrated. Worry comes with being a ferrent. They always find something to make us worry. You're doing a tremendous job, so at least you can be proud of that and hopefully worry a little less.
Also i wish you luck with your scan tomorrow. Be brave~~! <3
Goodness, I must have typed it out and not sent. Or something. Because I could swear I responded!
Gus is GREAT! He stayed out and played for a couple hours this morning, and came out again for about 30 minutes this evening. He's not used to so much exercise now (because I worry with him having insulinoma that he'll crash somewhere I will be caught unawares. But! He's doing really, really well!
I can't get over the nasty smell of the meat, though. It makes me gag.
Fantastic! How is he going meat wise? Still on chunks or is he now handling bone in meats? I also dislike the smell of the meat, Organs especially. Nasty stuff, but at least it is super healthy for our ferrets. ;u;
He still doesn't even like eating the chunks. If I let go of a piece of it while he's got it in his mouth, he'll just run off, drop it and then run off. He doesn't seem to really like anything he has to chew on a lot. He wants to just be able to swallow it. Lol
The smell is absolutely horrible. I can't stand it. At all!