Another question—I've been having a pretty hard time with actually handling the meat, cutting it, cleaning it out of the cage, etc. because I am really grossed out by meat to the point that it's become a pretty big daily stressor getting it together. I've found that the soupie stages are a lot more pleasant for me personally because it doesn't gross me out as much once it's prepared, just the one day of preparation. Is it possible to just stay with the soups if I keep them balanced for all his meats other than the raw meaty bones?
You did great!! Yes 3-4 types of meat is important, heart is a muscle meat and a very important one, ferret poops can be adjusted with how much bone you feed is correct, and YES, vitamin A is what is in liver, great job!!!
Definitely look into freeze dried raw, my favorite treats are from orijen, I order them online.
Aw, meat handling. So unfortunately the soup stage is only meant as a beginning stage for a couple of reasons, ferrets don't get as much food before getting full, there is more water in the meat which makes them feel full without the full nutritional value, the chewing, masticating, part of eating big chunks, actually helps digestion, the chewing gets the stomach ready for food and causes certain enzymes to be present in the stomach. And the last part, you can't get all the bone in needs in a soup, eggshells and bonemeal powders do contain the same qualities of micro nutrients in bones needed by your ferret.
My suggestion is to put aside one day for meal prepping for a month or two for your ferret. This way, you prep all his meals ahead of time, pull them out to thaw and just dump it in a dish. This way there is no need to handle the meat every day. Just from a ziploc bag to his bowl. Twice a day. Once we get a menu planned this becomes really easy to do and you won't have to worry about prepping meat everyday, just once every few weeks or so.
I have a deep freezer but I also have three ferrets and I prep for months at a time. I just weigh out meal portions in a baggie, put them in my freezer and pull them out as needed.
You are required to post every second day during the "soup" stage of the transition. From the "sliver" stage, through to large chunks, you will be required to post a minimum of every 3 days. Once you hit the large chunks, once a week will be acceptable.
If you wish to post into your thread more often, that will be MORE than welcome The above are simply the minimum requirements so we can help with sticky spots, and not have to "catch up" to where you are presently at. Failure to post as required will result in your switch coming to a standstill and will result in two warnings before being dropped from the mentoring program. If something comes up, and you need to be away, please contact your mentor letting her know how long you will be absent.
Your mentor really needs more frequent updates please. As your mentor Desiree is here to help, and wants to help you and your fuzz, but unfortunately she can't be of any assistance if she doesn't have any information or updates to go off of. :/ How are things going? Please post an update.