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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-26-2009, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Turkey?

Someone answered my ad on craigslist for meat but it is for a whole turkey. That would not be ok because it would be processed right? Or am I wrong? Thank you.

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Re: Turkey?

Not sure what you mean. Unless you're getting whole chickens w/ the feathers on, ALL meat is "processed." If you mean "enhanced," it may be or it may not be. You can't know until you look at the label -- all commercially produced meat in the US has to be labelled w/ nutritional info so it will give the sodium content -- it should be 80mg or less per serving. If it's much more than that, it's been enhanced, and I would pass on it.

Cats will not be able to eat much of the bone in a turkey, but the meat will be great for them.
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Re: Turkey?

A whole, raw turkey is fine. Even if it's a "pre-basted" turkey, chances are that the basting material has just been placed under the skin, so removing the skin and wiping off the baste should make the whole thing safely feedable.

Turkey bones are too large for most cats to eat intact, though they can be ground and fed that way, if you have a grinder with enough power to handle turkey bones. Even if you just remove the meat from the bones and toss the carcass, you're still getting a lot of very good, raw meat. Better yet, remove the meat for your cats, then boil up the carcass to make a nice turkey stock for soup for yourself.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-26-2009, 03:34 PM
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Re: Turkey?

Mine have only gotten turkey drumsticks and love to completly clean off the bone. All that they leave is the bone - there is no meat on it. I then throw that out and count that meal as only meat

I don't know about whole turkey. Other than being hard to cut up I think it would work great; just check if it is treated with anything or not.
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Re: Turkey?

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Originally Posted by laurief
Even if it's a "pre-basted" turkey, chances are that the basting material has just been placed under the skin, so removing the skin and wiping off the baste should make the whole thing safely feedable.
Basted turkeys are usually either injected or marinated. I think the only way you can get some of it off is when its marinated.
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Tur ... /index.asp

Though with the absence of truly fresh turkey in my area, I just may resort to enhanced turkeys. Sadly I have seen them contain things such as sodium phosphate, sodium nitrite, potassium chloride, ascorbic acid, citric acid
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Re: Turkey?

I would not feed enhanced meat to a cat, period. WAY to high in sodium and added chemicals. If I get freebie enhanced meat I portion it out to the dogs in small amounts (i.e., a little enhanced w/ a LOT of "real" meat), but cats are much more sensitive and I won't give it to them. It's certainly possible to get unenhanced chicken (pretty easily) and, I'm sure, turkey as well. Try Whole Foods or other more natural supplier.
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