When Jaali had his tooth loss confirmed at the vets he was also weighed. He
had lost about 450g in weight which, for a 2kg rat was quite a lot. Hed
obviously been having trouble eating properly so preparing his food has to be
done with more care at the moment.
Having his bottom incisors trimmed so that he can chew properly has helped a
lot but without the top incisors he cant gnaw at all. All his seeds are
now given pre-shelled and, thankfully, its possible to buy things like sunflower
seed kernels because shelling then individually would just take too long. Even
these have to be chopped up in a food processor so they are small enough for
Jaali to take.
Hes having his sweet potato grated and his broccoli and other greens,
and most of his fruit, chopped up very small.
The dry food, which he usually had at breakfast, is now being made into a
porridge so it is a bit softer for him. It also contains some milk to help build
him up a bit.
All this extra preparation seems to be working. It is too early to tell if
hes putting on weight but this throughput has increased!