Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: northern Minnesota
Re: Manual grinders
I recently transitioned 14 of my 15 cats to raw (actually, they get Evo dry in the morning and raw at night). I, too. would like an electric grinder for bone grinding, but can't afford one. I considered a manual grinder, too, and was told that a heavy manual grinder could handle bones. Then I thought about the hassle of disassembling and cleaning the grinder every day, so I chose a different option.
I use chicken necks to add bone to the cats' raw meal, so I just cut the necks into small pieces. Five or six of my cats will crunch up the pieces on their own, which I figure is the best option for teeth cleaning, anyway. Most of the other cats will only eat crushed bone, so I use a mallet to smash them (the bones, not the cats ... though there are moments ...). A couple of the cats refuse to eat even smashed bones, little turkey butts! But that's a whole different issue.
Anyhow, I think you might find a kitchen mallet to be an easier option than a grinder, and if you're really lucky, your cats will be bone crunchers who won't even need their bones smashed.