Post by littleweasels on Sept 13, 2010 22:10:39 GMT -5
I dont think they would care if I left the kibble out. I actually gave them small chunks of meat with egg in it to make it soupier and they ate it and all it was was meat and egg. I have read about the proportions. Isnt it like 80% meat, 10% organs and 10% bone?
Basically, yes. 5% of the organ needs to be liver, the other 5% should be something else. We're finding that ferrets could really use more than 10% bone in their diets, but you'll be able to figure that out easily enough once they're eating all raw and start watching their poops. Cats, on the other hand, can't handle as much bone as ferrets, so stick at 10% for them unless their poops show different. Once cats are on raw expect their poops to decrease in size and frequency quite dramatically. My all raw cats only poop once every 2-3 days.
Post by littleweasels on Sept 14, 2010 18:11:45 GMT -5
I dont think Rena is eating as much as she should. I have not seen her eating much. She used to eat right when I put food in the cage. I weighted them today, even though it has only been 2 days since I last weighed them, and Rikku and Risa Gained weight and Rena lost weight.
I think it's a good idea to try and hand feed at least one meal per day for each of them. Otherwise it's impossible to know who is eating, who might be bullying the others from getting their share and who might simply not like what you're serving up. This is a big change for them and they're such small creatures that you need to keep a watchful eye.
Post by littleweasels on Sept 15, 2010 7:19:43 GMT -5
I hand fed them and I had a hard time getting Rena to eat the chunks but she did eat some. When Risa got to a chunk she would just hold it in her mouth and not chew. Then I put her in her cage and she hid the chunks of food under the newspaper. I think she ate a few chunks but most of it is still under the newspaper.
Okay, good! Just feed her the soup for a couple of days. Don't worry about the chunks. She's just not quite ready yet. That's fine. It is encouraging that she will take them in her mouth even if she's not eating them. Have the chunks available, but don't push it. Let her decide if she wants to take one.
Post by littleweasels on Sept 16, 2010 16:00:31 GMT -5
They have all stopped eating the chunks. Rikku loved the chunks but he just stopped eating them. I left the soup with chunks in it over night and they usually ate all of it but they had not touched it. I gave them soup without chunks and they ate 5 cubes of it. Is there a way I can just feed them soup?
Don't go overboard. I would suggest making it the way you normally do and then blend in some additional meat for each meal and possibly something different for each ferret. It's just too hard to say what will make them refuse to eat and you need to have their familiar soup available just in case.