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Old 07-17-2009, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to have to trap the chipmunks living in my yard, as they're starting to destroy things.... My first thought was to drive them to a forest preserve and let them go, but I'm also wondering if outdoor cats eat them and if so, can I let my girls eat one? My hubby is worried that if they have rabies or any disease they'll end up sick, so he's very much against the idea. I agreed to check here and abide by your recommendations....
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Can they eat chipmunks?

Sure can. We feed out cats road kill squirrels/rabbits. Always have to make sure it's fresh though.

Something as small as a chipmunk would die immediately if it had rabies, much like rats. The disease kills them very fast.

If I had free food that I was going to get rid of anyway, darn right I'd feed it. The only thing I'd be hesitant to feed is mice/rats wild as they eat poisons/garbage. Ew. Chipmunks eat nuts/seeds.

*EDIT- Just freeze first for a month and that will kill most ickies.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Chipmunk is fine as long as its fresh when frozen. Freeze it for a month or so to kill any parasites it could have.
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Your cats will probably be very grateful!
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I bet they are going to like them. Sadly they are considered too cute by my girlfriend and are permanently off the menu.
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Default Re: Can they eat chipmunks?

Of course they can eat them. +1 to the freeze to rid of bacteria and diseases (like toxoplasmosis, dies in a long/deep freeze, 1 month or so should do it) - also, if your cat has rabies vaccination, it should be protected from rabies whether the chipmunk had contact with rabies or not.
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Can they eat chipmunks?

Hubby is absolutely horrified at the idea and is shaking his head to read everyone's comments.... Lucky for me, he doesn't have a clue what's in the back of the freezer, so if there's a chipmunk in there for a month he'll never know. Would I just toss it in the freezer as is, or do any preparation first? I know I'll have to cut it up for the girls - do I leave fur on it or skin it?
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Old 07-19-2009, 04:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It may be easier to cut with a big ole knife white frozen (and guts will stay in place easier too). Leave the fur and stuff, becase I think if you try and skin it you would give up. Squirrel is HARD to skin and they're essentially just bigger chipmunks.

When we do whole mice, we freeze then cut in half before thawing slightly on plates (the same plates we serve on). THis helps contain mess.

Don't feel bad if they don't eat them at first.. fur is kinda weird when you're not used to eating that sort of thing. Do they get raw meat at all now? Will they be used to that part?
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Do they get raw meat at all now? Will they be used to that part?
No, they don't get raw meat at this point - my husband is really weirded out on the raw meat thing and doesn't want anything to do with it, plus I'm a little lazy and like opening a can. I've given them a bite of raw chicken or beef here and there when it's our dinner, and they're totally nuts for it, but they've never had bones and fur to deal with.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Okay, but they DO get raw meat sometimes. That's good! Atleast you know they WILL eat raw. Just be persistent. Cats are known to take longer sometimes to make the switch.
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