Post by klindshill on Apr 18, 2010 16:15:37 GMT -5
I havent been on latley since Im still trying the same techniques. Theres very little to report. Peekah still wont eat without me putting it on my finger. I used my Vitamix and mixed chicken liver, gizzard and heart with some duck soup mix and froze it into cubes. Kiwi loves it! She is biting little chunks of the cubes off and eating it. Peekah on the other hand wont touch it. Im going to chop up some chicken and put it into the vitamix and freeze it into cubes too. I know she cant have too much of the liver mix I made.
Im sorry to hear about your computer. I hope you can get it repaired:)
Ill be checking in now and then when I have an update. Its pretty sad mine are difficult:)
Hi Kim Please keep posting regularly anyway. Myself and the other mentors will fill in for sherrylynne until her computer can be repaired. Have you tried to use a spoon to see if Peekah will lick the soup off of that? I find that if I can get them to sit on my knee and at first start with using my finger (letting them lick the food off my finger) and then moving them toward the bowl or use a spoon so that they eat more, they often move along quicker. Great work with Kiwi ciao
Post by klindshill on Apr 22, 2010 18:02:40 GMT -5
I have tried everything I can think of. She will not take it off a spoon at all. Not even if I keep gradually lowering my finger down to the spoon. Kiwi ate two whole cubes of food by herself today!
I am hoping I can get Peekah to eat on her own soon as I have surgery coming up and wont be able to hold her and feed her like I do now.
I have no idea what else to try. She just wont eat it on her own. All this time I thought Kiwi would be the one but its Peekah. I tried dabbing it on her nose, she will lick it off but gets irritated and tries to run.
Post by sherrylynne on Apr 22, 2010 19:40:58 GMT -5
I had to try something rather drastic to get Suki taking the soup from a spoon. I kept her on my lap, and wouldn't let her get off, and basically just kept the spoon in front of her mouth. If the spoon was right there, she'd lick off of it. Believe me, she kept trying to back up, twist away, etc. But she finally would settle after a few minutes, and take some on her own. The time to start settling became shorter and shorter, and she'd take more and more off the spoon. With Boris, when I'd put the bowl on the floor, I had to keep my hand on his back before he'd eat. I gather you've tried her with small bits of meat in the cage? And removing the kibble for several hours before attempting to give the meat/soup?
Neither will take small bits of meat at all. Kiwi, is eating totally fine on her own when I put soup in. She wont eat the bits of meat. I used my Vitamix to totally puree the meat.
Peekah will still eat it off my finger. She wont take any off of a spoon and none on her own. I would think by now she would be eating it but she wont. Im terrified that she wont get enough food so I sit with her the whole time. She seems to be getting thinner. She squirms and squiggles I cannot keep her still after a couple minutes.
Ive tried the soup warm, cold, ice cubes, fresh out of the blender and I dont know what else to do. Is it possible a ferret will not switch?
Some are much more stubborn about it, but they will switch. Until they are eating enough, they will still need to have it in there for a few hours of the day, at least. That way you now they are getting enough nutrition, at least. After that- it's simply time. Are you taking the kibble out for several hours before trying the raw? Make sure to leave it in all day while you are at work, take it out at night, and try feeding them the raw soup in the morning. A bit of hunger never hurts. And then when they go back into their cage for the day, put it back in again. Then remove it when you get home. That way they work up a bit of an appetite for supper. Healthy, adult females should eat between one to three oz per meal, two meals a day.
Post by sherrylynne on May 7, 2010 19:15:54 GMT -5
Sometimes they do have to have a bit of an appetite to even consider trying the raw. After all, it is so drastically different from anything they've had previously, that trying to get them to consider eating it is worse than pulling hen's teeth Let me know how they do when they are hungry enough to taste the raw