2. Ferret's weight: About the same, mayb a bit heavier...I needto get a more precise scale
3. Ferret has eaten "X" amount on average per meal. 1-4 Tablespoons per meal
4. Stools on various proteins. Her stool in her litter box is brown and decent sized, and the fresher stool from just before is practically black and small and loose/liquidy...
I am thinking the brown stool is from the commercial frozen raw and the black stool is because she had actual raw with organ and heart in it??
5. Activity levels: Very active and playful ;D
6. Weekly menu: Mon-Thurs Chicken Goo Soup (what I call her chunky goopy soup lol ) 8 Tablespoons/day probably. Thurs night - Sat Natures Variety Instict (Frozen Raw) Chicken, with some chicken baby food. She did not really like this because it was new so did not eat so much, but I had run out of soupies. Sun Pork Goo Soup (Pork meat, chicken liver, chicken gizzards, and beef heart) I also gave her some more chicken baby food with her dinner tonight to make up for her not eating so much the other days. she ate a full 2 cubes this a.m. so 4 Tablespoons, she has not really eaten her dinner yet but probably will later.
Also she has not really drank hardly any water this week... is that normal when they are eating raw?? Should I make her drink?
So it sounds like she's making great progress. The reduced water intake is normal. She should still drink some, but definitely not a lot. And the funny thing is you'll see increased urine too! That's just how raw works - its very hydrating. Carnivores don't really have a thirst drive - it comes from their food.
The dark stools are from organ meats. You'll only need about 1 oz of liver, 1 oz of another organ (kidney, spleen, brain, etc). And about 2-4 oz of heart a week.
Continue making the soup thicker and include some small chunks if you think she'll go for it
That's great! Look at her go! That soup looks really chunky!!! And don't worry about the multiple posts, I don't mind She's such a cutie pie
So I think (based on how chunky that soup looks) that she may be really to try some actual bone-in meats. I find that starting with chicken wing tips is the best way to start. However, small rib bones (from like cornish game hens and chickens) usually work good too. We want to stick to small fragile bones while she learns to chew bone.
What you can do to help her learn to eat the wings is to smash them up really good. Basically pulverize the wing. Don't worry about any sharp pieces - she can handle them Then cut them up into small, skinny pieces and mix them into her soup. See if she just eats the soup without noticing the bone.
No she won't cut herself My kids eat sharp bone shards all the time. Most pieces that they don't want will just get left. The strong stomach acid wears down the shard edges so it doesn't puncture anything inside. A hammer, a mallet. You can usually cut the wing bones with scissors or poultry shears. A knife might work for the wing tip too (I've never tried).
Could just be her adjusting to the pork. Was the meat very fatty? Extra fat can lead to some seediness. If it doesn't resolve itself, we could be looking at a pork sensitivity (since this seems to correlate with the addition of pork?).
Sunday was the first time she got pork, Monday was the first time she got squash babyfood. And last night (after the seedy stool was noticed) she was introduced to Bravo basic duck, which is just duck necks no other ingredients. She got that mixed with a pork cube since those are what I had defrosted for her. She is getting that again for breakfast. I try and keep the meals the same for at least 3 days, the only differance there might be in them is that sometimes there might be a dallop of the squash babyfood..
A raw diet has a much higher fat and protein content than any kibble (and its unprocessed), so her body is relearning how to deal with all these new nutrients. I would continue feeding what you are, and if it doesn't resolve itself on its own, we can backtrack and see if a particular protein is causing it.
Another thing that may be useful is to keep a log, or food diary. Mainly to help you make correlations between funky or bad stools and what she ate that day.