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Raw Feeding / Re: Catgirl64's Journey To Raw Feeding
« Last post by Catgirl64 on January 15, 2018, 05:00:09 AM »

The grinder you bought, suggests frozen or partially thawed.

The website prefers one doesn't copy wording.   ::)
http://grinderdiner.com/sunmile-sm-g35-review/

I kind of suspected as much, but it's good to have confirmation.  I am please to note that it says the grinder won't tackle "hard, thick" bones, as opposed to saying "no bones."  Once I get used to it, I may try, very cautiously, to put some small, softer bones in there and see how it goes, chicken bones, maybe some chunks of bone-in rabbit.  The more of the food I can actually grind and use, the better off I will be.  Chicken leg quarters are a great bargain, but I end up losing a lot of meat when I use them.  It's very hard to get it all off the bone!  I can save larger bones, like the ones in pork roasts and beef, as well as any excess chicken bones, to make bone broth.  I'd like to get to the point that I don't have to use so much Alnutrin.  The cost adds up quickly!  It would be nice if I could grind bone, and then start using Dr. Pierson's recipe.  It seems like it might be a bit more cost-effective, plus, I like the idea of my animals having the benefits of eating fresh, whole bone.  I like to buy meat at Sprouts when I spot a good buy there, and they have pretty regular sales on vitamins and things like that, often either BOGO or 50% off.  Since I just got two packages of Alnutrin, I have a while to figure all of that out.   

I did notice that her recipe does not include organs, other than liver.  Is that why there are so many vitamins added, or did I miss something?
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Cat Chatter / Re: Playtime With The Cats
« Last post by Pookie on January 14, 2018, 09:55:47 PM »
LOVED reading this thread!   love1 love1 love1 love1 love1
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Dog Chatter / Re: Are There No Safe Dog Toys?
« Last post by Pookie on January 14, 2018, 09:54:46 PM »
I'm glad Lacy's doing ok now!
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All About Litter / Re: The Litter Box Roller
« Last post by Middle Child on January 14, 2018, 07:37:10 PM »
Emptied and washed litter boxes.  Filled some of them up with "your" litter MC.  Arrows rolled in one right away.  I blame you.   Silly7

lol. Must be he loves it so much he wants to claim it as his right away.  funny2
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General Discussion / Re: Tangelos
« Last post by Middle Child on January 14, 2018, 07:28:31 PM »
Someone at works eats them, or something like them, all the time.  They do smell good.  Her lunches, that she heats in the microwave down in the lunchroom and eats at her desk, do not smell good.  funny2
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Dog Chatter / Re: Are There No Safe Dog Toys?
« Last post by Middle Child on January 14, 2018, 07:12:31 PM »
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There are a few hours (sometimes) when no one is home, and Lacy is locked in a bedroom by herself.

I wouldn't worry about this.  It's her routine.  She's used to it.  She probably sleeps. Has a chew on an itch.  Looks out the window if she hears something. Walks around, has a drink,  goes back to bed.  Hug1
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GENERAL CAT CARE / Re: Cleaning ears?
« Last post by Catgirl64 on January 14, 2018, 05:29:26 PM »
Plain saline.  I use Equate (Walmart brand) saline solution for sensitive eyes. I mean, the ingredient list is not just "saline", but I think all the things in it are okay to put in a cat's ears.  At least, my girls have never had any adverse reactions.  I haven't had to use it in a long time.

I think the raw diet, and especially the ACV for Mazy cat, has made the difference.

Edit - I looked up the Opti-Free.  I wouldn't use that.

Glad I asked.  Looking at the ingredients, something made me think, no.  I will get plain saline tomorrow, and some mineral oil, just in case I need it. 
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Cat Chatter / Re: Playtime With The Cats
« Last post by Middle Child on January 14, 2018, 05:01:58 PM »
I agree about prey drive and such.  In your shoes, I would leave things as they are. 
Lacy is only comfortable with the ones she lives with.  Other animals at the vet office, on walks, etc.. she goes into FULL panic.  Okay so she doesn't want to attack them, but...  a fearful dog is (or can be) a dangerous dog.  IMHO 

Friends or family will see how loving Lacy is, and want to bring their dogs over to our home.  No! 

Going back to prey drive... when Arrows would run out the door and into the backyard.... Lacy would "catch" him.  She would just cut him off of his running path... to where we could catch him.  After a few times, we would say to Lacy "Catch Arrows!"  The last time, she stood over Arrows.  She didn't do anything, but stand over him, but...first time ever, Arrows was scared.  He stood like a statue.  It hit us... we are encouraging Lacy's prey drive... and Arrows knows it!  Never again. 

Anytime he got out after that, we told Lacy "no."  She didn't help.  She is AWESOME and smart! 

Wow.  DrLisaPiersonWorthy DrLisaPiersonWorthy
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GENERAL CAT CARE / Re: Cleaning ears?
« Last post by Middle Child on January 14, 2018, 04:35:37 PM »
Plain saline.  I use Equate (Walmart brand) saline solution for sensitive eyes. I mean, the ingredient list is not just "saline", but I think all the things in it are okay to put in a cat's ears.  At least, my girls have never had any adverse reactions.  I haven't had to use it in a long time.

I think the raw diet, and especially the ACV for Mazy cat, has made the difference.

Edit - I looked up the Opti-Free.  I wouldn't use that.
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GENERAL CAT CARE / Re: Cleaning ears?
« Last post by Catgirl64 on January 14, 2018, 04:24:02 PM »
I just give a good squirt, and hope it makes it's way into the ear.  Yes, then I massage the ear a bit, if kitty will allow it.

Oh by the way I forgot one thing.  If the wax build up is heavy or old, a few drops of mineral oil in the ear to loosen it may be needed. Put the drops in, then massage. Then wait a few hours before flushing out.

Vet always advised wiping out the ear with a little gauze after, but I've never bothered with that.  I figure it will work it's way out and kitty will wash it away when she washes. But you cuold certainly do so, if you prefer.

Brand doesn't matter?  If it needs to be plain saline, I will get some tomorrow. 
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