1. Name: Missy 2. Weight: 920g (this is BY FAR the biggest she has ever been!! 😁) 3. Ferret has eaten “2.5oz” amount on average per meal 4. Stools: bigger, more solid 5. Activity levels: I’ve noticed that some days she is extremely active and has a little happy bounce in her step but other days she sleeps a lot and isn’t interested in anyone or anything besides going back to bed 6. Weekly menu: chicken soupie. We have added a tablespoon of pumpkin to their batch of soup for now. I noticed it was included in the old recipe and I know it’s not a permanent solution but it seems to be helping for now. 7. Picture:
1. Name: Flint 2. Weight: 1090g 3. Ferret has eaten “2oz” on average per meal. He still fusses sometimes and he acts like his food is poison for the first few licks but I think he is starting to like it! 4. Stools: He is taking a ridiculously long time when he goes to the washroom and it’s difficult to tell if it’s his urinating or pooping. Since we added the pumpkin his poops are bigger and less frequent (not every time he goes now) but it still seems to take too long every time and I’m not sure why. Ive also noticed that he dribbles a tiny bit of pee sometimes. Nothing showed up on his X-ray or ultrasound so it’s not more stones. 5. Activity levels: super active and playful! I love his goofball energy 6. Weekly menu: Chicken soupie with a bit of pumpkin now 7. Picture:
no, not upset here. Far from it- we put in an application for a house loan yesterday *fingers crossed* We will know if we get approved tomorrow! I have been popping in and skimming over your responses just to make sure you and your crew are doing okay<3 No, how dare you be awesome! Bahahahahahahah
RE them taking a while in restroom- Yes, they will definitely poop and pee more because you've upped their fluids.
RE bonemeal on the xray- Honestly, I would be worried if the bone meal didn't show up on xray. Bone fragments will too If he is constipated, you can reduce the bonemeal by a bit<3
RE pumpkin- Yikes, nope nope nope nope! There's a reason that was in the old recipe and not the current one. Pumpkin was used as a 'bulk', but they found it helped contribute to Insulinoma when used on a regular basis. The only times I really ever suggest pumpkin are possible blockages.
What I would like you to do is take pictures of the most worrying poops for now every day and post them up here. Sound good? This way you don't have to wonder if it's bad or not. Remember, raw fed poops will look nothing like kibble fed, they SHOULDN'T, and the first few months have weird poops. I mean, if people don't drink a ton of water and suddenly start, their poops end up super liquidy and weird too.
Good luck on the application!!! I really hope you get it, buying a house isn’t easy these days *grumbles about housing prices in Vancouver*
So their poops are looking better! I’ll post some pics later. I bought some pet toothpaste to brush their teeth and didn’t add any more pumpkin to their food 😅 We weren’t entirely sure what kind of toothpaste was ok though and the pet store didn’t have a great selection either. We are super sensitive to bathroom and health issues right now. We started raw to give our ferrets the best chance of a long and healthy life and I guess we just have to trust that the change will be long and difficult, but it will happen. We couldn’t do this without you! Thank you for the tips and reassurance!
Post by Aftershock on Oct 17, 2017 12:59:05 GMT -5
Ehehehehehehe, pricing here is awesome.
How much soup with pumpkin in it do they have left?
<3 It's rough, and we are all raised to believe kibble fed is normal, so when things aren't similar we panic. No one told me my cat would only poop 2-3 times a week on raw, you can imagine my panic at the beginning. lmao. Hers are also 'banded'. It's really pretty odd. It's a good thing to be aware, but when you panic, ask yourself- Are they eating like normal? Are they drinking like usual? Are they playing like normal? Are they pooping/peeing?
I have to run through this list in my head occasionally when I feel like something is off
It's when they act unusual/off that you need to worry.
Also- I will warn you, the moment they no longer have pumpkin in their soup, their poops will probably go back to what they were before.
They will finish off the last of the pumpkin soup today. Sigh, goodbye nice pumpkin poops. Flint was acting weird when he had his bladder stones. He wasn’t his usual goofy self. This time around he has been goofier than ever! I have to say though, the ferrets have WAY more energy now. Flint especially. The two of them can play at top speed for well over an hour now. And Missy has really come out of her shell. She follows us around now and falls asleep in my hoodie. And If she gets scared and hides under the shoe chest (which she can hardly fit under now 😂) she will come out when I call her! Good times 😊
So not much to report. Missy will eat in her own after a couple of spoons of soup and Flint still loves eating off of the floor. He will eat out of the bowl too after a bit of effort. They still won’t touch their food if I leave it out, even if I smother it in fish oil. They will tell us when they are hungry by nudging the bowl or standing next to it and staring at us. Silly codependent ferrets, you can eat by yourselves!
I’m going away for a few days so dan will be solo. I will get him to use my account to post any concerns! I really hope you got the loan btw!
We are using plates for that very reason! But Flint has always liked eating/drinking off of the floor. We went through a whole phase of having to Velcro their food and water dishes down because he was constantly tipping them over. But I have awesome news! Before I left I was making some more soup and got missy eating. I showed Flint the food in the blender and he started eating it! I put him next to Missy and he immediately started eating too! Apparently he even went to the dish and started eating all by himself! 😲 So.Very.Proud!!
Sorry I didn’t post this yesterday, I was beat when I got home! 1. Name: Missy 2. Weight: 930g 3. Ferret has eaten “4oz” per day (she seems to like to eat more at night so it’s 1 oz usually in the day and 3oz at night) 4. Stools: looking much better! Larger and more solid even without the pumpkin 5. Activity levels: very playful when she is awake but doesn’t like to be disturbed when she is sleeping. But overall she is much more interactive with us and Flint 6. Weekly menu: Chicken soup with bone meal and not pumpkin 😉 7. Picture:
On a side note, Missy still won’t start eating by herself and it’s tough to get her eating in the morning. But when she was on kibble we noticed that she didn’t eat much on her own either. It’s like she forgets to eat until she is really hungry 🤔
1. Name: Flint 2. Weight: 1060g (I would like to see him gain at least 200g) 3. Ferret has eaten “6oz” per day (EATS.BY.HIMSELF!) 4. Stools: definitely better but he still has little drop poops sometimes but no problems peeing 5. Activity levels: still his goofy self. He sleeps less than Missy and hasn’t started going into “winter mode” yet. He can go into hyper crazy mode where he bounces off the walls, it’s awesome and hilarious and the three of us just stare at him in awe 6. Weekly menu: Chicken soup with bone meal and no pumpkin 7. Picture:
Is it just me or does his coat seem a little thin? You can see his skin and he always looks a little mangey. He has been like this since spring though so I’m not sure if that’s just how he is
Post by Aftershock on Oct 24, 2017 20:26:05 GMT -5
Missy- Hee hee... chicken soup. It just made me giggle because normally you think chicken noodle soup. It's actually fairly common for ferrets to eat more at night than the day When she eats at night, that's without you helping, correct?
Flint- This boy needs so many cuddles! He is just doing an amazing job! His weight is decent, when he gets his winter fat he will probably hit about 3 pounds Bahahahahahaha
Hmmm, his coat does look a bit thin. Has his muscle mass seemed to lessen at all? He's a little over one year old... I personally would wait and see what his winter coat looks like. If he still ends up looking a bit naked, it's probably adrenal.