Post by my2sillyferts on Jan 6, 2017 3:09:28 GMT -5
A little diet help here please until I'm able to get a mentor. After increasing the sizes of meat (to the biggest Lego size) and having them try as many different meats as possible. What is the best way and just as importantly what is the proper sizes of raw meaty bone to introduce? How do I incorporate the taurine? How much should I put on each previously frozen meal? I saw another post on party wings. I have party wings, taurine, and a mallet. What next? I'd also like to know when I should feed kibble soup, other when she might be sick. Should I feed it to her on occasion in order to keep her accustomed to it? Also, since I've increased the meat size she's been taking a bit more time in the litter box. Is this normal? I typically add a couple drops of olive oil in order to make things go down a bit easier. And until we get a handle on her chewing. Sorry for so many questions. New mom here. Thanks everyone!
Hey there, to introduce bone, smash it up first and slowly leave bigger pieces. Let me link our basic menu set up. holisticferretforum.com/natural-diet/raw-diet-the-meat-of-the-site/basic-frankenprey-menu/ Taurine is found in small amounts in every meat, but the highest amounts are found in heart and tongue. To get adequate amounts of taurine to prevent problems like blindness, it is best to feed 1.5 meals of just heart per week. Kibble soup is not necessary if she is eating raw meats willingly on her own. If keeping the soup texture in case she gets sick is important to you, I suggest blending a mixed organ meal once a week and serving that as a 'soup'. How long has she been on raw? Her age? What has her weekly meal plan been? Also, welcome to the world of being a ferrent.
Post by my2sillyferts on Jan 6, 2017 14:30:02 GMT -5
Thanks so much for the replies! She'll be 5 months old on the 10th of January. We started the switch from Marshall's to epigen 90 to raw almost 3weeks ago. Right now she's eating hearts and livers mixed (mostly hearts). Almost the size of a dime. Chicken thighs. Beef steak. I need to find a fattier beef. I just bought a pack of what was on sale to get her used to flavor. Tongue would be a wonderful addition to her diet. They're huge and would last for several meals too! I also have turkey necks and backs easily accessible for when she's ready for them. I'm still trying to create enough posts in ordered to obtain a mentor. As I'm not a posty type of person. Luckily she hasn't been to picky with meals. How big should I leave the pieces of meat before she's ready for bone in? Quarter sized? Or even larger? Thanks for the links too!
I actually buy most of my ferret/cat food while it's on sale. This way I can rotate through different meats to widen the nutrients. buying sale meat is a great thing for a ferret menu. Also, fattier meats are good, yes, but everything in moderation. Tongue is an amazing back up to hearts, but should only be used as that, a back up. Heart contains a different vitamin/nutrient profile. Personally, I'd just smash a wing and toss it at her and see what she does. If she doesn't take to it, cut it into smaller pieces. If you can skip steps, go for it! If they don't take it, just go backwards to a step that they will. You both are doing amazing, keep up the great work! :goodjob: