Post by alabamaferrets on Aug 9, 2018 10:10:29 GMT -5
Hi there! I've been lurking here for a while, reading everyone's posts, but I'm a new member & this is my first post here.
I just rescued two male sable ferrets from Craigslist. They were separate adoptions, but both were receiving minimal care, housed in cages not meant for ferrets & the youngest was handled very little. My oldest is named Zeek & he supposedly is 7 years old. The younger of the two is Duke & he is approximately 2.5 years old. To my delight, their introduction was very easy & they were playing & even sleeping together on their own free will within 24 hours! I have already transitioned them to better kibble (Orijen Cat & Kitten mixed with Wysong Epigen 90 Digestive Support) & we are also eating FDR diet twice a day so their kibble is mainly while I'm asleep and/or they are caged. I also give them some raw egg yolk once a week or so.
I am a first time owner & to the best of my knowledge, my senior, Zeek, is on the smaller side for a male ferret. Not only does he seem underweight, but he's just very small in stature. Duke, on the other hand, is a good size & weight for a male. Is there anything else I can do to help my oldest gain weight?
Zeek's previous "owner" was a 9 year old little girl & he was eating Castor & Pollux Organix Chicken cat food - while not terrible, you can already see a change in his energy with the FDR. I hope his coat & weight will improve over time! I'm so grateful to have these boys! I love seeing them play & enjoy food that is healthier for them. ♡
If you can get Zeek to eat more rehydrated FDR, it might help. Raw soup is really easy to eat, so ferrets often gain weight at that stage of a dietary transition. My little ferret got a bit porky at that part of her transition to raw, but eventually returned to her normal weight. Even if he doesn't keep the weight, having more balanced raw meat food in his diet will be good for him. You could try also try a higher fat content FDR. According to Stella and Chewy's website, it seems their turkey FDR has more fat than their other proteins (I'd have thought duck/goose would have more, but I guess that's not the case).