What did you change in your soupy?....take one step back. If you added more chunks of meat, make them smaller or take them out. If you made it thicker, make it more runny. If you have to, try ferretone before you go all the way back to kibbles. Try hand feeding and see if they are willing to eat your soupy on your lap. Don't worry about it. This happens and everyone usually encounters it at some point in their switching experience. Let me know what you finally decide to try. ciao
Post by snowbunnie on Nov 27, 2010 21:27:50 GMT -5
well i put some ferretone in it and ramboo would eat and but rocky would not, so i put a little kibble in it and rocky ate some as well(between the two of them i would say they ate about 2 ounces), so i might do that for a little while with some chicken chunks and slowly cut out the kibble, what do you think???
There is no right or wrong way, only the way to work for you and your fuzzies. Give it a try. I would try and limit the amount of kibble if possible. Sometimes and note I said sometimes, it will upset their tummies. So if you get runny poops that's probably all it is and work to get them back on track as soon as you can. You may find that if remove the chunked meat and then slowly add it again that it might also work as well. Keep me posted, and like I said.....they all seem to take some steps back when they first get started on the raw. You just have to step back and then go forward again. You will probably find that they will probably take to it a little faster this time. ciao
Post by snowbunnie on Nov 29, 2010 23:18:58 GMT -5
usually when i give them the soup i have that out of the cage while they run around and play, and if they get hungry and thursty they go into the cage to eat and drink.... i got some frozen mice today just to see what would happen and they just sniffed it and walked away.. Rambo will eat the soup if it has ferritone in it and rocky will not eat it either way, even if it has kibble in it... im going to get a siringe thing so i can force feed him a little bit, because when i put it on his nose he shakes it off and rubs it on my pants.. what a pain in the ass he is, lol we call him the smart one because he is always getting into trouble, he can climb like a monkey and jump like a flying squirrel... well at least thats what he thinks lol.
Naughty little boys. Looks like you may have a stubborn one. Was he eating this before? Have you tried letting him get a bit hungry? I'm going to try and get sherrylynne in to talk to you. She had a brat, no has a brat that is forever giving her trouble. Boris still gives her grief. Maybe, she can offer you some ideas. I know that I have resorted to scruffing and stuffing and I'm almost positive that's her method too. I also know that this is very stressful for both you and your ferret. Might I suggest a bit of rescue remedy before you attempt to force him to eat the soupy. ciao
i have seen him eat a very tiny amount and that was when i was first starting and that was mixed with a little kibble. He is a pain in the butt, when i scruff him he does not yawn, he always just kinda looks at me like HELLO MOM put me down whenever your ready... So any extra pointers on picky 4 month old would be wonderful... i wish i would have started them when they first got here when they where 8 weeks old.
Post by snowbunnie on Nov 30, 2010 12:27:22 GMT -5
ohh belive me i feel the same way, he is a little pain in the butt... i have read some of the other switching treads and it seems like most people dont have that hard of a time... i will just keep trying.
Ok, what are you feeding (exactly, what are up putting in it, is it warm or cold...everything) and how are you feeding it?....are you just putting it down for them? ... are you hand feeding them? How long are they going without their kibbles before you're feeding their raw...everything that you can think of ciao
ok so they have there kibble all day long, i have not taken it away from them yet. and right now im now giving them a full ground up chicken- just started that in the last two days, and i add about 3 tbsp of kibble to it and water and about 1 tbsp of ferreton. I put it in the cage in the morning when i go to work then when i get home I let them out and make more then i try and spoon feed Rocky mostly and Rambo is usually pretty easy to get him to eat it if he is not that interested i add a little more ferretone... I guess when i put it in the cage its cold and also when i give it to them when i get home its cold...
Today someone ate some of the meat in the cage, i just dont know who, im guessing it was Rambo.
So im gonna try warming it up for them a little to room temp and go from there,..
You might make more headway, if they don't have food for a few hours before trying to feed them their soupy. If they're full of kibbles they won't eat their raw soupy. Remember kibbles are like cookies. If you offer a 3 yr old child a cookie in one hand and broccoli in the other, which do you think that child will choose. Your ferret babies are the same way . I suggest that you remove their food when you get home from work, let them play for a few hours, sleep if they want, then offer them food....raw food...their soupy. It's just an idea . ciao