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Old 11-24-2012, 12:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Fresh bones should be okay though.
My barn cats are fairly ferocious when it comes to hunting and devouring. Last week I found a half a rat on the barn floor, a monster, the biggest half a rat I had ever seen. (There is a corn-drying operation across the road.)

I was kind of surprised they would eat something like that.
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Old 11-25-2012, 01:07 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I scored a lot of excess turkey on Thanksgiving, including a carcass with lots of meat still on it. Do I have to pick it all off, or can I just put in the yard for my barn cat colony and invite them to dine?
Cooked bones can cause all kinds of issues due to splintering. Pick the meat off and then invite them to dine. Put the rest of the carcass in some water and spices, boil it down, strain it and make some stock for yourself while you're at it
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My sister in law had Thanksgiving Dinner. She saved me the bag of raw organs and meat--turkey neck, liver, kidney, heart, giblet. Ritz enjoyed the heart, giblet and appropriate amount of liver/kidney. The ferals in my cat colony ate the turkey neck.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:31 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Gruesome but I hang cooked turkey carcases where the cats can't reach them but where scavenger birds can eat any bits I've missed!
So you have outdoor cats and invite carnivorous birds into your yard????

Also, the cooked bones can be dangerous to the other wild animals that can reach the carcass.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:48 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The biggest carnivorous bird in my garden is a jackdaw - hardly threatening to the average cat!!

And it is hung there for one day then taken down and got rid of.
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