Message Number: FHL12109 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "marci1111"
Date: 2010-08-24 16:19:50 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Any suggestions on how to get a ferret back on kibble

My ferret NeKay got accustomed to eating duck soup b/c his brother was sick and was on it for 2 weeks before Loki passed. Now I can't get him off it. My duck soup consisted of blending their normal kibble w/ ferretone oil, ferret vita-drops (vitamins), and Ferretvite daily supplement, and quite a bit of H2O. This was all thrown in a blender and made to a liquid mush...all was to drink down and not chew.

Its been now a week since his brother passed and he still is not eating his normal kibble. Any suggestions on how to go back? I feel bad to just starve him or stop cold turkey but is that what I need to do?

Also, his stools smell very bad now. They are very dark brown, very soft, and smooth. Its not diarrhea but its similar, I'm guessing its from the excessive amount of water in his diet now. He is very hydrated...again from all the water used to making it to a smooth consistency. I tried to stop blending it as well which then let me ease up on the water, but he put his nose to the air and walked away...What can I do?

He is scheduled to go to the vets on Friday for a yearly check up and blood panel, but I'm sure he's fine...and I'm going to just a regualar vet not exotic as the ferret vet is 2 hrs away. Do I need his fecal checked though? Or can the smell just be from the diet being so watered down? The stool again is digested (no green or seeds in it)...just extremely smelly, dark brown, smooth, and liquidly. His brother had the same stool and bad smell as well so again, I think its due to the diet...anyone else go through this?

Any help on switching him back and if this would be typical of his stools due to the diet he is currently getting would be helpful.



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