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Old 11-23-2012, 08:04 AM   #1 (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?
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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NOOOOO!!! Cooked bones can splinter, causing painful intestional infections!!! Boil it up, pick the meat off and make them a turkey, rice, cat food stew!!!
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've heard you can slowly stew a carcass in a crock pot on a low setting for about 24 hours until the bones just disintegrate, but maybe someone can chime in on that. Other than that, definitely no cooked bones for kitties!!


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Old 11-23-2012, 01:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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And again, cats can't really find cooked bones in the nature (unless they eat after dragons or so ), so they are not equiped to deal with it. Fresh bones should be okay though.
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I was just thinking about it myself and I just heard a report on the news warning about the practice of sharing my leftover turkey with my cats. One is on the prescription diet so I guess I should not give him any.

I understand that the spices are not good for pets either, but what if I dig deep into the white meat?
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My two ate a fair amount yesterday and the only side effects were gas and MowMow scratching a bit today from his poultry allergy.

NO cooked bones though, very dangerous!
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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!
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm way more selfish... my turkey carcass is going into soup with potato dumplings (from the leftover mashed taters).
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice. Being a vegatarian, I'm a bit naive about these things. I find it gross to pick over a carcass, but I will put on latex gloves and do it. Then I guess I will bury the rest.

Today the cats had an interesting mixture of turkey scraps, mashed potatoes and corn. They ate it all.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm way more selfish... my turkey carcass is going into soup with potato dumplings (from the leftover mashed taters).
I have a big pot cooking now except I make potato pancakes out of the mashed potatoes.
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