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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Whole prey - where to buy?

I am considering doing partially whole prey mode.
I am thinking of giving them mini rabbit, 1 day/2 week quail and chicks (I am still overcoming my fear of mice and rats).
I have found a few websites that sell those for reptiles.
They come in with fur too.
Are they okay for cats quality wise?

These are the websites I am looking at:
http://www.bigappleherp.com/REPTILE-...Frozen-Feeders
http://buycoturnixquail.com
http://www.rodentpro.com
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-01-2010, 03:51 PM
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Hi, Koobe!

Everything I've heard/read about Rodent Pro was good. Sorry, but I don't think I've heard of the other two at all.

Hare Today also gets great reviews.

Good luck and let us know who you go with!

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Dear Auntie Crazy,

Thank you for replying.
I have checked Hare Today too, but the shipping to CA is very expensive.

I bought skinned whole rabbit from a local place, but I am getting really tired slicing out the meat.
So I figured I can buy whole mini/small rabbit, so the bones are small, and they can eat it whole.
Do you think it will work?

Since I am looking for 1 day quail, chicks etc, do you think the bone ratio will be higher in these young animals?
Will it make sense to give them a few meat only meals each week?
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The bone percentage range is fairly flexible at 5% to 10%, so I would add a meal here, add a meal there and then add on a few more, all the while watching the litter box carefully. Your cats will tell you when they've got enough bone.

Myself, I tend to stay a little more on the conservative side. I know the level at which my cats aren't getting enough bone (their poo goes soft), so I feed at a slighter higher percentage than that.

Let your cats be the guide! They're all different, anyway, so what works for my bunch may be a bit too much, or too little, for yours.
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Here in Holland we contact the local chicken farm and they sell us male 1-day old chicks for 2 cents each. I wonder if that's possible in North America?

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you'd have to be near a chicken farm.. hmmm.

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I finally have a solution.
A local pet shop just opened near my office. Their store pet is a snake, so they will also sell mice and rats (frozen).

So I can actually buy a few to try first. I hope this will work.

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I finally have a solution.
A local pet shop just opened near my office. Their store pet is a snake, so they will also sell mice and rats (frozen).

So I can actually buy a few to try first. I hope this will work.
This is usually the best plan to start out with. Once the cats have convinced you that they DO know how to eat real food, LOL, you can order in bulk.

I order from here mostly: American Rodent Supply

I love Hare Today and order other stuff from them, but they are pricey for mice. American Rodent or Rodent Pro are where your local store probably buys theirs from.
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Does it get messy feeding rats/mice? How do you guys feed it to your cats? I can't imagine my cat Memo not running all over the house with the mouse and getting it everywhere. And doesn't it stink?
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Does it get messy feeding rats/mice? How do you guys feed it to your cats? I can't imagine my cat Memo not running all over the house with the mouse and getting it everywhere. And doesn't it stink?
Actually, it's less messy than most other types of food. They key is to confine the cat. My cats eat separately -- one in the bathroom and the other in the storeroom. They clean up quite nicely.

Raw meat has almost no smell. After having had to feed some canned cat food while my wonderful Lincoln was sick--specifically because it IS so smelly so sick cats may be more willing to give it a try--I was reminded yet again why I HATE canned cat food! ICK!! Raw meat is almost smell-free and mice, since they are in their little fur packages, smell even less.
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