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From: "hokeysmokes"
Date: 2010-10-20 16:10:20 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Young ferret, healthy appetite?


Stress may be a factor as the oldest ferret seems to want to eat the youngest. We NEVER let them out together, though. It can't be Ferretone because he's never had any of that. We do feed the NuPro ferret supplement in their food since we live in an area where a good quality kibble is hard to come by. I've been trying to get the younger ones to eat salmon, but so far only the oldest has acquired a taste for it.

I started limiting his access to the food because he was eating so much his abdomen was becoming distended. He's about four months old and weighs close to two pounds. He does have access to clean water and clean bedding and I clean his litter at least twice daily. If it's the older one's turn to be out and I notice Tucker moving about, I give him a little food, but not enough for him to gorge himself. I know for a fact that he wasn't starved at his previous home. I wonder if, in addition to his heart murmur, he's got something going on that's limiting his ability to absorb and digest food. Maybe I'm feeding him the wrong diet. I just don't know, and it's got me flummoxed.


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