As far as the vet and I can tell, he's 100% blind. He has little or no ability to even tell light from dark. He's gotten along very well, only bumping into walls once in a while. He also doesn't hug the wall too much, quite a brave and curious little thing.
I've been giving him raw 3x a day, mixed with a little ground kibble. He's doing well, and I don't even have to add much kibble. He eats more if I give it to him by hand, but still eats some on his own. He even poked at Muddy's liver mix. Like I said, brave!
Muddy's doing well, but she's gotten a little too attached to her turkey. Cornish hen/chicken is enough differently nutrition wise to count as a second protein, right. She will eat that. I'm going to work on pork next, since It's such a fairly mild meat.
You're doing great....fantastic. Give your little adventurer a hug...he's a brave one. He will be switched in no time . Yes, turkey is one, cornish hen/chicken is two. Now you just need a third. Good luck ciao
I'm back! I sweat we didn't fall off of the face of the earth, I'm just naughty and neglectful of my on-line duties.
So both babies are going strong on turkey. A little too strong, now even Muddy doesn't want to eat anything else. Grrr . . . . I am getting them to pick at chicken, but they have managed to eat completely around the ground beef I mixed in their ground turkey (gotta admire their dedication to their favorite protein!).
Muddy is slacking on eating her bones too, so I'm going to whack and hack and smash them as small as I can get. I think maybe she's regressing because she's been watching Noodle?
On the bright side, they're both eating their beef liver/ground turkey mixture.
How much squash or pumpkin puree should they get, until that far future day when I get them onto some sort of whole prey (or at least ground whole prey from Hare Today)?
Don't you love it. I've found myself in that position where they love a certain protein and because I wasn't watching too closely suddenly decide that's the only protein they're going to eat....bums Yes, it's funny how dedicated they can be about picking out their favs and leaving the rest . The bonus is if you're feeding beef liver, they're legitimately eating beef Good work Hmmm. How much pumpkin??? Good question. A tsp each approx. Try that. I've got some that need more and others who it just doesn't matter. I just mixed up 15 lbs of mix for them today and there was 2 cups of pumpkin went into that, not that it helps you out at all Sounds like your guys are moving along, now lets get them eating a variety of proteins. Try posting a little more . I know that it's difficult especially if there's nothing really to report, but just say that everything is the same. Giuli took the hatchet out today and sent a bunch to the vault, I would hate to have to pull you out of there Keep up the good work ciao
I'm going to get more liver after work tonight (most of the beef liver spoiled in the process of getting them to eat it, although we were eventually successful!). I'll also get some ground pork. I think this might be more mild tasting than beef (?), so maybe they won't try to eat around it. It was amazing how they could pick around the ground beef I mixed into their ground turkey. Little snots.
I also have some turkey gizzards and hearts to thaw. I thought I might try letting them at the whole and then if they completely ignore them I'll make a soup like I do with the livers.
Pork is milder tasting. Most liken it to feeding either turkey or chicken. Not the same flavour but similar and they get less flack about getting them to eat it. Pork the other white meat You may want to chop up the hearts and gizzards a little, especially if they're really big. Even my guys seem to get overwhelmed by them if they're too large. It's almost like they get tough too. Let me know how it goes. I'm curious to see if your little boogers are going to pick around and separate the proteins. You may have to try mixing them with a little bit of egg or something they like ciao
Grocery score! I got: beef liver chicken backs and necks (4 lbs for $3!) chicken livers ground turkey (without the rosemary flavor!) pork meat/neck bones (I figure they can just gnaw at these bones?) ground chicken
I had them eating turkey today, so I'll try some slivered pork mixed into their precious turkey tomorrow.
I stuck a meaty pork neck bone in the cage this morning before I left for work, just to see what they'd do. When I came home, I found Noodle shaking the heck out of it, nawing off bits. I think Muddy is more hesitant about the whole pork thing, but she'll get there.
Woke up this morning to crunching from the cage. I figured it was Noodle munching on leftover pork neck from last night. After much squintting and facial contortions (I'm pretty blind without my contacts) I discovered it was Muddy! Today's meals were turkey with beef liver and chicken. So proud of my babies on the pork success.
Yay, Muddy.....many little fert snuggles. She just likes her privacy I've got a couple like that. They don't like eating as a part of the tussle and roughing. They will sneak off and eat or they will wait for everyone else to go to sleep and eat when it's quiet. I had one little boy who if his weight hadn't been going up and he was so round I would have thought he was starving to death because I never saw him eat. Imagine my surprise one day when I upended a food den and here he was munching away on a whole rat. I didn't even know he was eating whole food much less prey. He was new to the whole raw thing so I thought he was sneaking the ground soupy mix when everyone was in bed, but no....the brat was actually eating prey. Pork was an awesome success. Great work ciao
I accidently thawed plain beef liver (not mixed with turkey like I usually serve it), but put it in the food dish anyway with some pork neck. I know that at least Muddy ate some of it, which surprised me, because she is so finicky.
Noodle amazes me at how laid back and easy going he is about this switch. He's also laid back in general. I think he is a Marshal's, although he only has one dot tattoo, not two.
Success. Funny how sometimes mistakes work out He could be a marshals. I had a little boy, Porthos who I thought was a really small Path Valley (no tattoos), when he got very sick, I discovered the twin dots quite deep in the one ear. Perhaps, your little one has a dot further in the ear or it was on an ear tip ciao
Yesterday was chicken thigh day, although neither of them seemed to be all that into it. I woke up this morning to them munching on it and when I got home from work tonight it was all gone, so maybe they just weren't hungry yesterday? The other day, I gave them a meaty pork neckbone to munch on and for some reason they dragged it to the bottom layer of their cage and put it in the litter box. I leave the cage door open, so they can come and go at will. I didn't notice the bone in the litter box until Mizby (my 40lb dog) stuck the whole front of her body into the cage and snatched it! Little stinker . She growled once or twice at the ferts, so I took it away from her. It was funny seeing her squeeze her stocky little body into the small cage door (oh, how I want a FN 142!)