UPDATE: Willow is doing much better as of Saturday morning. Her temp is finally back to normal and the vet reports that she’s acting more “ferrety”—burrowing in her bedding and the like. She’s still on fluids and sticking her nose up to whatever they’re free feeding her, but has taken well to syringe feeding.
They’re going to keep her until Monday, and hopefully she’ll be well enough that I can bring her home at that point. Maybe by now she’s getting used to being there, but I worry that the stress will keep her from really reaching 100%.
We still don’t know for sure what happened; the vet basically told me that it looks like a really bad case of gastrointestinal upset (basically a bad belly)—and we’re both of the suspicion that it has to do with EVO’s recent ingredients change (this is true for both the ferret and cat/kitten varieties, as according to the website the biggest difference between the two is still the picture on the bag :p ). Needless to say I’ve ordered two different kinds of kibbles—Orijen cat and kitten and Drs Foster and Smith ferret, and will be switching them to that gradually the moment they arrive. Willow won’t be going back to the EVO at all—I plan on weening her off of whatever the vets have been using, and possibly giving her soupies until she has a chance to get used to the new food. Both are free of the Tapioca starch that I suspect caused this whole mess.
Koda has been surprisingly well despite his missing sister. I’ve been taking him out more often just to handle him and I’ve been watching him closely for any signs that the food is bothering his tummy. He’s still on the evo, as unfortunately I have nothing else to offer him and I figure switching him drastically might do more harm than good at this point, but I’ve been wetting it down and giving him a little olive oil each day to hopefully keep things moving.