I stick them in a baggie and hit it a few times with a meat tenderizing mallet, breaks them into manageable chunks same with the larger leg bones.
or I give em to my dog..
So your cats can chew through the chicken backs? That's really impressive! They just seemed very.. dog sized to me, but maybe my guys will be able to work up to it. Or else I think they would be great ground, if I can find a butcher willing to do it for me. Thanks for your input!
My cats are pretty experienced raw chewers at this point, and they still don't like chicken necks (I don't really know why this type of bone-in meal is so often suggested for beginner cats). Have you tried the bones from a Cornish hen? The wings and ribs are much smaller and easier to chew... maybe that would work for our kitties?
I feed bone-in meals three times a week: one is chicken wings (just the first two joints), one is chicken ribs and the third is usually rabbit bones but if I'm out of those, it's chicken wings. Once you get your kitties back on bone-in meals, maybe offering a variety will help keep them interested.
I've actually walked by the Cornish hens in the freezer section several times now and just never gotten around to buying one... I might just buy one and see how the cats like them. They really weren't too into the chicken ribs.
Just out of curiosity, which rabbit bones do you give your cats? I would guess the ribs, but I'm just wondering if there are any others they can chomp through. I've finally found a place to get rabbit and they have a special on right now, so I was thinking of picking some up next week
So far they're still eating quail bones ok (I've finally gotten it all measured out, and I actually need about a quail and a half worth of bones for the two cats), and today I broke down and cut up chicken wings for both cats. I don't know why it helped so much - the pieces the younger cat got were about 3/4s an inch to an inch, so they still needed to be chewed. But she ate EVERYTHING for the first time in a while, so I'm happy. I guess the smaller pieces are less intimidating (or maybe just easier to grab and drag onto the carpet). I'm already cutting the bones teeny tiny for my older cat, so it doesn't take THAT much more effort.