My fluffsnake is turning eleven weeks old and he's enjoying all the various meat types I'm giving him, however, he's really struggling with the bones. I try to crush the bigger ones up with a meat tenderizer, but once he eats all the muscle off them, he stashes them and never comes back to trying to eat them. He eats the smaller ones all fine. Is it okay for them to leave some bits out, or is it going to lead to a deficiency in the long run? For now, i also sprinkle his meals with powdered eggshells, but I know it's not a perfect substitiute.
Last Edit: Aug 22, 2020 10:54:50 GMT -5 by psychopomp
Unfortunately my ferret doesn't always eat all his bones either, especially the bigger pieces but he does eat quite a bit of it. Adding some egg shell helps too. Look to see how the poops are formed. If the poops are formed well and really white and dry then it's too much bone but if they are formed and moist looking then he's doing ok. The meals with just organ, they tend to be a little less formed and more loose.
Post by Corvidophile on Aug 22, 2020 20:37:39 GMT -5
It’s ok to rely on smaller bones for now, at 11 weeks his jaw strength is still developing. Keep offering the smashed larger bones, but make sure he gets plenty of small ones to make up for it being ignored. Powdered bone meal (make sure to buy food grade, not gardening grade) is a better substitute than eggshells, but eggshells will work temporarily.