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Raw Feeding / Re: Catgirl64's Journey To Raw Feeding
« Last post by Lola on January 14, 2018, 04:07:35 PM »
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Do grinders, like knives, work better with meat that is not completely thawed out?


The grinder you bought, suggests frozen or partially thawed.

The website prefers one doesn't copy wording.   ::)
http://grinderdiner.com/sunmile-sm-g35-review/
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Raw Feeding / Re: Catgirl64's Journey To Raw Feeding
« Last post by Middle Child on January 14, 2018, 03:52:42 PM »
I haven't used a grinder, but when I put Mazy cat's meat through the food processor, the meat is partially frozen. And yes, if you are adding skin it is a bit more messy.

I add skin separate per meal for Mazy cat (and Jennie too, but she eats chunks) except with the exception of her Cornish hen.  That I debone and process, meat, skin and all.  And it is messy.
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Dog Chatter / Re: Are There No Safe Dog Toys?
« Last post by DeeDee on January 14, 2018, 03:50:56 PM »
Lacy is what I would call a power chewer.  She can destroy one of those red Kongs in a few hours...to give you an idea.  The Extreme Kong is the only one that lasts a few months. 

 

Vlad's like that, and this is the reason nothing is left out if I'm not right with them watching play. The only thing I've left them alone with is that wobbler. Vlad's never tried to chew the wobble for some reason. He's gotten really rough with pawing it though, even knocking it into the stone hearth a lot.
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GENERAL CAT CARE / Re: Cleaning ears?
« Last post by Middle Child on January 14, 2018, 03:49:56 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.
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Raw Feeding / Re: Fruits And Veggies For Dogs
« Last post by DeeDee on January 14, 2018, 03:47:16 PM »
I ordered some of this yesterday.  I'm excited to see if it's as good as the reviews say!

It really is. If there's any tartar or staining, use it every night until it disappears. People have had better results using it at night after there is no more food or treats, or water drinking. (They've also got a liquid for water bowls, but it's too expensive in my case. Vlad drinks, beard been in, no one drinks again.) People also say that brushing (in the morning after immediately waking) after a couple of weeks while it's still gummy works better to remove anything there.

I just use it every other night now for maintenance. It's not their favorite thing on earth, and every other night has been working for a long time now.
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Raw Feeding / Re: Catgirl64's Journey To Raw Feeding
« Last post by Catgirl64 on January 14, 2018, 03:43:45 PM »
I'm discovering how much texture matters.

Because the delivery of my meat grinder was delayed by weather, I have had to improvise.  I fed more canned than I wanted to, then used some ground elk I had in the freezer.  That was a big hit, I wish I could afford it as part of the regular rotation.  Yesterday, I chopped up some chicken breast and pork roast that I felt needed to be processed soon.  I wish I had done this when it was still partially frozen, because that would have been easier.  I chopped it by hand as finely as I could, then mixed it with the ground-up liver, and the Alnutrin and water.  I was not happy with the results, as it looked like it would be too easy for the cats to just lick off the liquid and leave the meat, so, very cautiously, about a quarter cup at a time, I ran it all through the blender.  The final consistency was like stringy baby food.  Blenders and food processors do not work well on skin.  The cats are eating it, but not with much enthusiasm.  I am hoping the grinder will do a better job on skin and connective tissue. 

Do grinders, like knives, work better with meat that is not completely thawed out?
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Raw Feeding / Re: Fruits And Veggies For Dogs
« Last post by Catgirl64 on January 14, 2018, 03:18:41 PM »
That's so wonderful to hear when someone goes raw--that it's making a difference that you can see!

Since Vlad developed Addison's, I haven't been able to give them bones for their teeth. I doubt it, but if you can't get yours to chew bones, then get some Tropiclean Tooth Gel. It really works on my two:

http://tropiclean.com/product/fresh-breath-clean-teeth-gel-pets/

I ordered some of this yesterday.  I'm excited to see if it's as good as the reviews say!
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GENERAL CAT CARE / Re: Cleaning ears?
« Last post by Catgirl64 on January 14, 2018, 03:16:08 PM »
I use saline solution.  The stuff contact lens wearers use to soak their lenses.  (Vet recommended it)

She also recommended a brand of ear wash called Zymox, which I bought but never used.  I prefer the saline solution.  I sit the bottle in warm water until it is just up to human temp (you can tell by squirting some on your wrist)

Then I put kitty in holding position* tell her what I am doing and why.  Takes a bit of practice to get good at it.  Do it on a floor not a carpet because the floor will get wet. :)

Mazy cat has/had chronic ear problems all her life until I put her on ACV. (ACV in the food not in the ears)

* Holding position: Kneel on floor with your feet crossed behind you, kitty between your knees facing out.  Have some kind of a treat ready to offer, one for before and one for after the procedure.

Fortunately, this is something I always have on hand, as I wear contacts, and always buy solution in a twin-pack.  Does it matter what brand?  The kind is use is called Opti-Free puremoist.  How much do I want to use, and once I get it in there, do I massage the ear, or try to wipe it out, or just leave it alone?  How often should I do it?

I haven't noticed this problem before with her, but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened.  It's not a huge amount of brown wax, but I know it shouldn't be there.  I'll have to watch her ears more closely.
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Dog Chatter / Re: Are There No Safe Dog Toys?
« Last post by Lola on January 14, 2018, 01:59:34 PM »
I truly appreciate your suggestions... I do.  Lacy is what I would call a power chewer.  She can destroy one of those red Kongs in a few hours...to give you an idea.  The Extreme Kong is the only one that lasts a few months. 
Hard plastic... I don't see that going well.  With or without me watching her.  If she knows something is FOR her... it is destroyed.
Also, she can swallow a 10 inch bully stick!  The only way to give her a bully stick (with us watching) is attaching vice grips to it.  She swallowed a turkey neck that was HUGE. 
Between her chewing and swallowing "skills," toys and such are limited. 
 
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Cat Chatter / Re: Playtime With The Cats
« Last post by Lola on January 14, 2018, 01:51:03 PM »
I always think it's so great when some households can have multi-species pets all together. I'm not trying though. Prey drive is TOO strong in these two. Barkly kills moles. Vlad goes berserk when he sees the neighbors' cats out in the brush. Then there's their reaction to cats in carriers at the vet's office. Just too much risk in my mind.

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! 
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