Originally posted by AubreyBarto
The girls are 7 months old so I thought that they would be eating more normal than the younger gliders. This is the only problem I have with them, otherwise they are perfectly fine. I think I am going to make them scrambled eggs tonight.
But I have tried everything and I always end up throwing it away!
my three are all in the 6.5-9 month range and all of them almost always leave behind an awful lot of food.
I fed BML for quite a while, but shortly after Tabby came home, I noticed all none of the gliders were eating all of their f/v and they all barely seemed to touch their staple. I tried every trick in the book to get them to eat more (particularly, more of the BML mix) to no avail. I was worried about them not getting enough calcium because that diet relies on the calcium-rich staple to balance out the phosphorus-rich f/v, so if they're not eating the staple then they won't get an acceptable ratio overall... so now we're on HPW original.
the first couple nights after the switch, I found CLEAN plates in the morning... but then they went back to leaving a lot of leftovers. they at least always eat all or nearly all of the HPW, but getting them to eat a decent amount of f/v seems to be a losing battle.
I've mixed the HPW with the f/v, since they like the staple, and they still manage to eat mostly that and little of the rest. I've served each component separately (3-compartment plates). heck, I've gone so far as to offer tiny amounts of like half a dozen kinds each of f/v with each kind in an individual souffle cup, both to help figure out what they liked and didn't like and to ensure that no one was refusing to eat f/v as a whole because there was one thing they didn't like in the mix and it was touching the other stuff (like how I don't like ham and won't eat things that have been touching ham, lol).
I've given f/v that were fresh, that started fresh but I froze them and that were purchased frozen. I've tried both raw and steamed versions of different veggies. I've blended it all together. I've iced stuff with applesauce (they do eat applesauce). they always pick at things... and sometimes will eat a decent amount of a certain food for a couple nights, getting my hopes up, only to start ignoring it again (this week it was cooked butternut squash).
switching from kitchens (with little bowls) to 3-part kiddie plates also seemed to help at first, but it didn't last.
I've also tried hiding a decent portion of their f/v in foraging toys; that's very hit-and-miss and (especially with fruits) can be a real pain in the butt the next morning, but it's the only thing that seems to help even a little.
I don't know what their deal is... but I do know that they're healthy and they're slowly but steadily gaining weight just like they should be. my vet's exam fee pricing is such that if I take one, I may as well take everyone for how little extra it costs, so Lemmy and Hurricane went to the vet in January when I got Lemmy, all three gliders went to the vet in February when I got Tabby, all three went again in early April just for the heck of it and all three went right back in three days after the check-up because mommy knew too little about eggplant, missed the signs that it had become "questionable" and freaked out when the gliders started dry-heaving (go figure that the one thing they've all *really* scarfed down was questionable egg-plant ><).
at this point, I figure they're healthy, happy, growing, eating all their staple, nibbling at their fruits and veggies (they do definitely eat some on a nightly basis, just not a whole lot) and if they were really all that hungry when the HPW ran out, then surely they'd find at least ONE thing they were willing to eat all of out of the 4-6 different veggies and 3-5 different fruits that are on their plate on any given night... so I've resolved not to stress myself out over it. I do continue finding new things to try and changing up how I serve things for variety's sake (even if they don't seem to appreciate it), but I don't get too concerned when they leave a lot of leftovers.
I know none of that is the solution you were hoping for, lol... but I just thought I'd share the fact that you're not the only one in your exact situation and it doesn't seem significantly abnormal. I'd say if the vet says they're healthy and you have no reason to suspect otherwise (like the obvious danger of not eating the staple part of the BML diet, for example), then do what you can to convince them to eat f/v but don't stress the leftovers.