I have been making the ferts some raw soups and I am trying to get them to eat it out of the bowl themselves.. I tried yesterday and no luck. I had to scruff them both and stick their noses by it to make them start licking it up. Will they just catch on?
With soup do I do bone 4 days a wk., Muscle 2 days wk. and organs 1x wk. just like a normal raw diet?
How do I know when they are ready for bigger pieces in their soup?
The easiest way to get them to eat it themselves is to start by hand feeding them with a spoon. Move the spoon closer to the bowl, letting the ferret follow the spoon, until he's finally eating it out of the bowl. Getting them to eat chunked meat can be done either by offering it (I've played tug with some pieces and allowed them to steal it), or you can cut slivers of meat and put it in their soupy. As they accept that size then you move to a slightly larger size. It's as much getting them to recognize the texture as the taste. I have found that for the most part as they start eating their raw diet and come off kibble they will become more muscular and their coats become softer and shinier. They're never going to become as muscular as a breeder's ferret. They've generally been allowed to mature, something that farm ferrets never have the chance to do but they will become much more muscular if they're allowed to exercise and eat a raw diet. ciao
Post by sherrylynne on Dec 4, 2010 22:10:36 GMT -5
I generally had to finger feed, then move up to a spoon, then had them follow the spoon to the bowl, then slivers, then slowly larger and larger When we took in two foster ferrets(who we later adopted) I couldn't believe the difference between them, and the ferrets I had who'd been on raw for around 6 months at that time. Not only a difference in the smell, but in the musculature. Id forgotten how "squishy" kibble fed ferrets were. Now, however, they are both very solid. Just like the ones I'd first switched