Ya know... I've always thought that my ferrets didn't smell bad... especially when I compared them to other kibble fed ferrets. Now when I hold them up to my nose... I hardly smell a thing, bad or otherwise. It's amazing how diet alone can change something like that so dramatically. I had my friends sniffing my ferrets at my Christmas party last weekend. They were all amazed at their lack of foul odor... especially one of my friends that owns a ferret herself. Raw diet for the win!
Things are going well on the raw side although they have been avoiding the pork. I cut it into smaller pieces and am hoping that they'll accidentally nosh them during the day. The chicken is gradually getting larger and it's been disappearing so either their eating or stashing it all. ^_~
The lack of odor is definitely a big plus. Here's another fun fact about raw fed fert smell. Their tails smells just like grape soda! It's weird, but true. Sniff some tails ( oh my goodness that sounds really wrong) and let me know. I can't remember who it was on here that pointed it out to us.
Since they seem to not be totally thrilled with the pork we should probably stay where we are for now instead of trying to increase the size of the chunks.
I got a new baby for Christmas. XD Her name is Ada and she's a little over two months old. She wouldn't take to any NV or raw straight so I have a bit of a mush of NV, water, and Nupro that she's slurping up. The raw that my other kids are eating is available to her if she wants it but she seems to be a stubborn little girl.
Oh my goodness! How tiny! I'm sure she'll get with the program quickly once she sees what all the big kids are doing. Keep trying soup for her.
Dave and I have recently decided that we are ready to add a new ferret to our home. We are waiting to see what comes in at the rescue. Liz (rescue mom) is sure that she'll be getting calls about unwanted Xmas ferrets soon enough. I'm actually worried that we might end up with a kit. Not that it wouldn't be a blast to have a little one, but I'm not sure if Fierra would want to deal with all that energy. But we'll see what fate brings us.
I'll tell you what, Ada is eating better than any of my other kits ever did... especially Ollie. I was a very new ferret owner when he came along and I fed him wet kitten chow... then Marshalls... then finally 8 in 1 Ultimate and then Evo Ferret... it took me a while to learn proper ferret nutrition. ^^; Ada gobbles her soup every morning and evening when I make it for her. I feed her evening soup to her away from the others to make sure she gets her fill. (If I don't the others push her out of the way for it. ) I've made an appointment for her on the 15th to get her shots, she needs to get caught up in time to make it to the Louisiana Ferret Rodeo in April!
Kits are definitely a lot of work. She's my third, Ollie, Riley and her were the only ones I've had from kithood. The others were rescues/petstore returns.
Well, they're going. I've been kinda bad with the holidays. ^^; They're all eating Natures Variety like champs but I've been a little slack with giving them more meat than NV. I have plans to start cracking down again tonight after I get home from the grocery. Going to buy a few big packs of chicken, pork, and beef heart that should last me a while. My friend gave me some kitchen shears and a cutting board as a present for watching her crew during the holidays. (Having the additional 8 kibble crunching ferrets in the house didn't help with the raw feeding either ><) But now that the additional ferrets are gone and Ada's fitting in (I've seen her eating meat chunks, yay!) I think I'm set to get back on track. Sorry for my lapse. XP
Alright, my freezer is loaded up with chicken breasts, thighs, pork chops, and a pork stomach... is a pork stomach alright? They always have such strange tit bits at my local grocery store. No beef heart though... I'll have to stock up the next time I see them.
I've never fed pork stomach, but I've often wondered about it when I see it at the Asian market. I do wonder how it's cleaned though. Hmmmm. Maybe start a thread about it in the raw forum and see what people know.
My Asian market carries pork uteri which I've been tempted to try, but the idea of it skeeves out Dave too much.
Way to go Ada! How fun it will be to watch a little one growing up on a proper diet! I can't wait to hear what you observe compared to your other kits.