That's great If you decide to put her up in the cage, you can leave some raw soup out (raw soup is generally good for 4-6 hours). Before you head to bed, put her kibble back in.
As for pumpkin, about 1/2 tsp a day, and you can definitely mix it directly into her soup. I would also see if likes the stuff plain (mine like it warm with some water and extra virgin olive oil) because it can be help encourage a ferret to eat new foods. I also feed some extra pumpkin (about 1 tsp) during shedding season, and on pure organ meals. If her stools are still loose with the 1/2 tsp, you can up the amount to about 3/4 tsp.
2. Ferret's weight: Today's weigt 1lb 4oz, she is up one whole ounce from last week, and that is just with free feeding a healthy kibble!!
3. Ferret has eaten "X" amount on average per meal: She had about 1 1/2 spoonful(regular kitchen sized) of the chicken soup last night. And so far 2 spoonfuls tonight ;D I will get some more in er later. Her 2 spoonfuls tonight had a 1/2tsp of pumkin in it.
4. Stools on various proteins: her stool has been fairly soft since I got her but she has had a lot of changes in the past 2 weeks...
5. Activity levels: Same fiesty Flower as usual lol loves to come out and explore, but sleeps during the day when I work.
6. Weekly menu: EVO ferret kibble all week... Saturday night 1 1/2 spoonful of chicken soupies. Sunday night 2 spoonful of chicken soupies with 1/2 tsp pumkin in it.
This is soo exciting! I am so glad and proud that she gained a WHOLE ounce in one week, that is good for a ferret right?
I have just gotten so attached to the little thing even though it as only been 2 weeks and I didnt even plan on getting a ferret.
Sounds like she's making GREAT progress. Older fuzz can often be very stubborn so she's making WONDERFUL progress. And 1 oz is a pretty large amount for a fuzz, especially a small one. So you SHOULD be proud
You're doing great, keep it up She'll be a raw pro in no time at all ;D
Well since she's still has access to her kibble, the amount of soup isn't critical. I'd say, if she can eat 1-2 oz in a sitting (so like 2-4 tablespoons) the. We can remove the kibble and feed strictly soup. When on just soup, I'd like to see her eat about 2-4 oz a day. This amount is individual to each ferret.
She is still getting kibble because I work all day and I let her have it at night, that 4 tablespoons was the most she's had and I kept goin upstairs and getting her to have more every 20-30mins til she ate it all. She still won't wont eat it on her own yet though. I have to get her started...
Ok we are almost at 4 tablespoons tonight. Is that large enough of an evening meal that I don't have to give her her kibble back for the night? Last night we has a couple late emergencies at the vet I work at so by the time I got home and took her kibble away for 2 hours it was 11pm and I was exhausted. So I put her soup in her cage, and got her started since she won't start eating it on her own, and shut her cage and went to sleep. This morning though it didn't look like she had gone back to the bowl during the night by herself.
Oh and I got a beef heart! I couldn't find a pack of just chicken hearts... So how much of that do I use in place of the chicken hearts in the soup?
Ok well sometime in the span of 9-11 (can't remember exactly when I started) she ate 4 tablespoons of soup in 3 sittings. So I put her to bed with no kibble which I didn't like doing but wanted to give it a try, now this morning I put her bowl of soup in her cage and she started eating it on her own! And she ate practically the whole 4 tablespoons! just a litttle is left on the bottom of the bowl, and that's mostly in the corners where its hardest to get it!!
So should I be giving her more than 4 tablespoons in one sitting now?? Or is an a.m. and a p.m. of 4 tablespoons each time enough food (with no more kibble?), they are suposed to eat more when they start on raw though right? so maybe give her a little more?This is soo exciting, this is the first time she started eating by her self!
Okay, for the beef heart, I would put about 1 oz (or 2 tbsp).
I don't want to put a number on how much she'll eat, because it varies so widely. But at this stage, I would not limit food at all. Offer food at all times. If she finishes everything), she's probably still hungry
I think as long as she's eating about 4 tbsp a meal, you can ditch the kibble. Just watch for any weight loss, and if she starts to refuse to eat, don't be afraid to offer kibble.
So the next steps are to make sure she continues eating the soup on her own, and starting to make the soup thicker. From the video, the soup looked thin (which is good). Once she is comfortable eating the soup on her own, I would like you to make the soup a bit thicker (not much though). Hopefully she won't even notice
Congrats! You're doing awesome!!!
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So flower had a bit of an upset stomach tonight She threw up some of her soup, there was nothing in it (blood, chunks, etc) it was just soup. So I pulled out the couch (her fav stash spot) and amongst her hidden toys I found a tiny breath mint that she had chewed a little but not eaten, but she must have gotten a little of it. Could this have upset her stomach? I got her to eat some more after that and I havent seen any signs of her getting sick again...