Post by kattadragon on Apr 13, 2017 9:15:05 GMT -5
I think Crash and eddie are up to their "ideal" body weight. Crash's fur is getting much softer and fuller. I have noticed Eddie being a bit more layed back but when it is time to romp he gets a move on. All of my senior ferrets seem to be engaging the babys in play.
I have notice Jack is still trying to be incharge of Crash, as Crash will walk past Jack and She will hiss at him. They all get out in the house about three or four times a week for 3 ish hours. The rest of the week they are in their kennels or in their room. I have seen Jezzy, Bill, and Tiny sleeping with Crash and Eddie, but not Jack. I don't know if this is part of the Alpha thing but I am not pushing them to all stay in the same kennel. I do not believe there is, but is there a way I can help move this process along? Mabie if I connect several kennels with tubes so all ferrets can sleep where they want to with out me limiting if they want to (or not) sleep together. My only concern with this is that would trap the babie with Jack and they may still need a break from him. What are your thoughts?
As long as no one is bleeding, pooping or peeing in fear, just let them work it out in their own time. So is everyone eating that menu? Anyone snubbing anything (bone in, organs, etc)? Also, that is a lot of egg. They really only need a full egg each once or twice a week (twice for sure during shedding season).
Last Edit: Apr 13, 2017 18:18:33 GMT -5 by bitbyter
Post by kattadragon on Apr 14, 2017 9:53:32 GMT -5
Jack and Bill did not eat much of their organs yesterday. Everyone is doing well with most of the meats. The only meats that get some snubbing is beef and internal organs (some times). I will back off the eggs a bit. Take it down to just the two internal organ meals. Would that be about right?
Post by kattadragon on Apr 18, 2017 8:52:10 GMT -5
Jack and bill ate some of their liver and kidney, but not as much as I expected. Jezzy, Tiny, Eddie, and Crash ate all of thier kidney liver. They did not eat much of their chicken necks last night, but it may have been they were asleep most of the night. they were all really hungry for breakfast. I left the chicken neck in their kennel and put the chicken and beef in a different dish.
Ok, at this point is there anything anyone is refusing? Do you have any question or things you are still unsure about? If no one is having any issues and you are feeling confident then I think we can safely start the graduation process for you and your gang.
Last Edit: Apr 21, 2017 14:26:39 GMT -5 by bitbyter
Post by kattadragon on Apr 25, 2017 23:57:56 GMT -5
All answers are just from present knowledge.
1. List 2 good sources of taurine. Heart and tounge
2. Your ferret is constipated and his stools are very hard and dry. What is this a sign of and how can you adjust to fix it? Too much calcium. Reduce any added calcium in diet or simply reduce the amount of bone in.
3. How many meals a week should be organs, and of those meals how much needs to be liver? Two, one meal is 1/2 liver the other is 1/4 liver
4. Is it a good idea to mix muscle meat, bone in and organs all in one meal. Explain why. I believe this is because it is a whole prey Neal and that is the most balanced meal a ferret can have.
5. How much and how often can eggs be fed? one egg each once a week, two fro shedding season
6. Give 2 examples each of muscle meat, edible bones, and organs. Muscle meat: beef and port. Edible bone in: Quail and Cornish game hen. Organs: Kidney and spleen.
7. How much food on average should a male and female ferret each consume per DAY? Male is 2.5-3ounces per day, female is .75-1.5 ounces per day.
8. How much can a ferret's appetite and weight change seasonally? By half
9. What is a Normal Fasting Blood Glucose level? I have absolutely no idea
10. About how long is a ferret's digestion time? 3 hours
11. Are leaner meats better for your ferret or fattier meats? fattier
4. This is actually a bit of a trick question. It's up to you whether you want to feed this way as long as all the meat in the meal is from the same animal. It is not a good idea to mix meat types in meals because if your ferret develops a food sensitivity it becomes a nightmare trying to figure out what is setting them off. Also, if you prep their food in advance in bulk, you now have a ton of food you may not be able to use.
6. I don't think "port" count's as a muscle meat
7. Male 2 to 4+ oz, Female 1 to 2 oz are average amounts
9. Normal ferrets have a fasting blood glucose level of between 80-120mg/dl. Anything under 60-70 is very likely evidence that the pet has insulinoma.
If you could plan and post your menu for next week, I'll get Heather to have a look at it and get you graduated!! Great Job!!