And unfortunately kibble has a hold on Huck. I am putting the kibble back in tonight. He is starving himself. I don't want that. I will just have to go a little slower. He will get there I am sure, but I don't want him getting sick in the mean while. Even spoon feeding him today has been tough. I will try no kibble again next weekend I think. But I did get some backs and I am going to try some chunks with bone for the willing ones. But on the plus the only kibble they get now is GO and EVO. So I broke the purina one addiction.
Well turns out I just had the soup too thick again. I just made a new batch today, so I guess I didn't put enough water in it. Tomorrow I am going to try my new guy with some raw. I sorta tried today, but he is totally freaked out. Hisses at everything.
I'm sorry that Huck had some issues with the soupy, but taking a step back and adding the kibble again won't be a problem. I had to do that a couple of times with Yuri. He was the first one, that I ever had to do this with but I became concerned for his health. Like Yuri, Huck obviously doesn't care for his food to be thick...Yuri's still not all with it. He will eat it but would rather not and will put it off if he can. Your little one sounds like a cutey. Hissing is often kit language showing anxiety or displeasure. Give him a few days, offer him the food when you offer it to your guys and just treat him like one of the fuzzfamily. Good luck, you're doing well ciao
Well Huck gobbled down his soupies this morning. The one good thing about putting the kibble back in the cage. Huck really doesn't care for the GO and EVO. He seems to like the soup better, not much better, but better. They just make a mess with the kibble. Throwing it all over the place looking for Purina One which isnt in there anymore. I hope I can get Fog to try the soup. He spit it all over the place when I put some on his nose last night. I never had that experience with my others. They were already used to eating cooked soup so it seemed a little easier to atleast get them to try it.
Sit down with him and see if he's willing to make a game of it. You've got the right idea about dabbing the bit on his nose. How old is your little one? He's under 9 months...yes? Once you get him past his initial distaste, he should move very well and catch up with your other little ones Poor Huck, life's just not unfolding to his advantage right now I think the kibbles everywhere is one of the things I don't miss about that stuff. It is more convenient I suppose. I just remember the mess when I was trying to switch Yuri over. I had removed the bowl of kibbles from the cage and stuck it on top of the cage (I know, I don't know what I was thinking....probably wasn't thinking ) anyway...forgot it there. A couple of hours later, an awful crash....you got it....the bowl of kibble all over the floor. The thing was, no one had touched any of it...they were playing in it . ciao
Today had to be the most stressful day of switching them. OMG!!! None of them wanted the soupies. I had to spoon feed Huck, Lily, and Sid. Maybe it is just cause of the new guy?? I think also I may have got my portions out of wack, too much liver in the mix. Would that make it taste and smell stronger maybe. I know the organs are rich. I'll use less organs when I mix some tomorrow and add it to the other batch when I thaw the cubes out together.
If you've added to much liver, don't be surprised by loose, dark stools. It won't harm them, it just will happen. You're going to have days like that, not to worry. Maybe, they ate too much kibble, maybe they were full or just tired. If you've indeed added too much liver or organ meats then you will have changed the taste and texture. Later on when they've switched it may not faze them at all, but now it's just one more change. I will keep my fingers crossed that your little ones are all going to be ravenously hungry for soupy tomorrow ciao
Well I must say. Today is wayyyyy better. Everone ate up for breakfast. A little assist feeding at first, then I slowly lowered the spoon to the plate and they ate it all up. So they were either very hungry or they are getting used to the taste with a little too much liver in it. But yeah, there poops are gross with too much liver. Almost look black and tarry. I made a small batch last night with chicken backs. So I added a cube of that stuff to the stuff that had too much liver. Just wondering, if I have bone with their food, even if it is ground and then liquified, do I need to add the egg shell? Oh and Fog, my 4 month old little brat tried the soup all on his own last night. I have a good feeling about him. He is going to be easy. That is how Zoey started out. She tried it all on her own and now can't get enough of the stuff. I also remember reading somewhere that they eat like pigs at first, like they are trying to make up for lost time. Is that normal? Cause Zoey probably eats twice as much as everyone else, besides Sid. So I'm guessing that once they decide they actually like the stuff, they will all eat like pigs??
Sounds like you're seeing definite progress. That's great. Right now, you could probably add the powdered egg shell along with the bone because of the extra organ meats. It will help solid things up a bit. You could try just the bone to start with and see what their stool is like and add the egg shell if you think the stools are a bit loose. Some of this is going to be trial and error. I know it's rather frustrating but this is the part that allows you to adjust for individuality. Yes, when they first get switched and start eating well...you can't fill them. They go at it like they haven't had food in forever. This can go for about 6 months to a year. The problem comes when they suddenly stop eating that amount. They will also put on weight too. It's almost like they are trying to make up for lost time and nutrition deficiency. I'm glad to hear that Fog is starting to eat on his own. He should just tuck into this stuff. He will probably need more bone and calcium than the rest of the guys as he's still growing ciao