Still can't get Sam to eat the meat. She loves the egg (I don't give her that very often, only once every couple of weeks) and she was just introduced to Ferretone (which she loves) and she waits around til she gets it. I am going to try putting ferretone on the meat and she how she does. Since I can get Toby, Max and Mr B to eat the cooked chicken I am going to try the crushed kibble again to see if she will go for that. When I did it last time it was Mr B that ate it. I am going to do it again along with the chicken with ferretone on it. See if she goes for it. I can't believe she is being so difficult.
Part of the problem was when my husband and I were having the disagreement I stopped doing anything so I have to start almost from scratch again with her. Mr B, Max and Toby went right back to the chicken.
Post by mustelidmusk on Sept 7, 2008 14:30:02 GMT -5
I can believe a ferret can be utterly stubborn As Amy suggested, try meat tidbits with the ferretone. you could even put ferretone on the meat and then roll it in kibble crumbs!!!
Keep the meat pieces small for now. Spread them out on a flat dish so they're easy for Sam to pick up. A lid to a cottage cheese container makes a great "dish" for treats. Put only a couple of pieces on the dish at a time.
Post by mustelidmusk on Sept 9, 2008 8:59:37 GMT -5
You may want to try teeny, tiny pieces of meat with kibble crumbs smashed itno the meat - the meat would be more ike a binding agent for the crumbs than it would be a piece of meat. This yould be drier than moistened kibble mash.
You'll need to get meat on Sam's tongue to get her to develop a taste for the meat. So, you may end up scruffing her and stuffing a small amount of raw meat into the mouth. I had to do this a couple times each day with one of my girls. She eventually decided she liked the meat. Ferrets are very forgiving!
It also helps to offer all kinds of interesting smells - a whole lemon or orange to sniff, a pinch of herbs from the spice cabinet, a dirty sock, sniff of a flower.... your ferrets wil start to look forward to the interesting things you show them... they'll become more adventuresome and be more likely to try new things- like tasting meat!!!
I just read on the forum site that someone gives their kids scrambles eggs. Is that good for them and how often can you do this? If I can and Sam will eat it, which I think she will since she liked the raw egg yolk then I will do that with her. Even try it on the boys. I make scrambled eggs alot so my husband would not even notice if I made extra. I know what a terrible thing to say, but if I can get away with it and he doesn't think about it better for the kids.
Post by mustelidmusk on Sept 11, 2008 15:41:39 GMT -5
I sneak and buy stuff for my kids all the time !!!
I give my kids 1 yolk per week. Egg once a week is fine. I wouldn't give any more than one split among your four kids per week. Also, be sure to keep the salt/pepper/spices off the eggs until after they're cooked. Also use minimal butter/oil/fats in a non-stick pan.
If the like the egg, it might be yet another vehicle for sneaking in a little bit of the meat scraps - maybe Sam won't notice when toy start with a tiny bit of meat first...by the time she figures it out, maybe she'll decide she likes meat!!!
Have fun with the scrambled egg - I'll be curious to see if the like it. My kids like raw yolk, but they don't like scrambled/cooked egg!
Post by mustelidmusk on Sept 21, 2008 0:30:35 GMT -5
I hope the scrambled egg is well accepted. It might be a good way to sneak in some tiny pieces of raw meats. If you rinse, dry and grind the egg shells, they can be added to the treats as well - a couple pinches per ferret will help balance the treats
Also, start cooking the meats for the other kids less and less,. Eventually, they'll accept raw meat, which has more nutrition for them. -jennifer
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The only reason I wait more than every other day is so that I don't keep giving you the same stuff. Sam is just being very difficult. I feel like I am being redundant.
AAAHHHHHAAAAAA!!! Since she did not go for the scrambled eggs I thought I would try a fried egg (tiny bit of Pam). She loved it. I only gave her about a 1/4 of the egg because I didn't know how much was too much. I tried it on Mr B and he just turned his nose up at it. It was actually quite comical.
Post by mustelidmusk on Sept 24, 2008 23:25:28 GMT -5
WooooHoooopp!!!!! Yummy eggs!!!! It's so much fun to find something your ferret really likes - especially a picky one!!!!
The little bit of oil may have made a difference ...Most ferrets like a little oil - such as a few drops of ferretone, fish oil, or olive oil in their food. Maybe a little meat can be mixed into the egg for Sam - and a little egg can sneak in with the meat for the others who didn't like the egg. It's more convenient when they all start liking the same things!
I'll try it. But I am going to give Sam a little more time to get totally used to the egg before I start with the meat. I have to get all the boys used to using a plate if I am going to go with the egg for them. Any time I use a plate they won't eat off it. I normally give it to them on their treat tray. So I will start the plate thing again and hopefully they get the hint.