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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2012, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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First whole prey with Otis

omg omg omg.


Ok, I am excited. I have a list of chores to accomplish and its already late in the day but I HAVE to share this with someone. Then, back to the chores.

I gave Otis a pinkie mouse. She sniffed it and snubbed it. I put a little tuna juice on it and she licked it up and swallowed. So I figured, lets try something bigger.

I put a fuzzy mouse in her dish. She did not know what to make of this at all so she left. Disheartened, I decided to cut it into thirds (I know, gross. I have done worse though. You ever gut a deer? LOL) I mixed in a little tuna and called her over.

She started eating the tuna all around the mouse. I was sunk. But then, her curiosity got to her and she went for the tail end. At first the texture must have been odd because she spit it out but she kept going back to it.

Today she ate a pinkie and a fuzzy! Maybe tonight, I will try the last thing in the freezer, a hopper. Then I will have to buy more. But, we are headed in the right direction and I am happy!
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that's awesome! =) so exciting when the kitties eat what they are meant to eat in nature.

i have been feeding them raw here and there, but i am not sure if i quite have the guts to do whole prey just yet...but a much more simple way to give them raw and know that they are getting the nutrional balance they need.


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Nice! You're a better person than I am though. I can't get myself to handle the dead mice. I tried a few frozen mice in the past and the cats had no idea what to do with them. I finally slit the stomach's open and let some of the entrails hang out...only one cat went for it. After that, I was done...I just can't!
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Truth be told it is quite disgusting. You get used to it over time though.

I used to breed African Soft furred rats for my ball python. He went on a hunger strike for so long I started to get desperate. I tried everything...Gutting them so he could smell it, stunning them so they would twitch a little (I only did that a few times and then gave it up, it was cruel...I was just desperate for my snake to eat!) and pouring chicken broth over them. He did start eating again eventually. I ended up giving him away though. I am not really a "snake" person and my husband was afraid of him lol.

Doing stuff like that, gutting deer and rabbits (for the betterment of my animals' nutrition and to fill the freezer), and feeding raw foods to me dogs (raw chicken is also disgusting if you ask me) makes me a stronger person I guess.

It is not for everybody. But the way I see it, if she does whole prey, I wont have to measure out stuff or worry as much about ratios of calcium and organ meat and whatnot. I plan to feed her a nice variety of stuff too. I think raw for cats is easier than dogs because they are smaller.

I would love to hear how you guys do it.
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HAHA Welcome to the club! Tucker is on RAW, but still eating pinks. I need to get my mice going in high gear, so I can add some diversity to mr. Tuck's diet. Think Viagra works on mice?
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They breed so fast once you get going.
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They breed so fast once you get going.

I know, I have raised them before, It is just aggravating in the 'getting going' phase. I want my babies to be adults and pregnant already!! LOL
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I can envision you standing over their cage saying "Do it! Do it already!" LOL
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LOL Little mouse champagne glasses and candles while Marvin Gaye plays in the background....
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I usually feed Otis in her dish but when I cut up the fuzzy, I put it on a flat dish. She ate right off the dish. However, when I gave her deer liver last night, she pulled it out of her dish and started playing with it. A quick swipe with a sponge/towel/Lysol wipe is all that's needed really. I'm finding myself cleaning my counters a bit more often but that's a good thing! Now if only we can do something about those bathrooms...lol

I would say to expect to see intestines, stomaches, and other mushy things. I plan on monitoring every meal (so she doesn't drag her meal away and leave a path of germs in her wake) so I will be seeing EVERYTHING. Otis chewed on her mouse head and kind of cut it in two so yeah...brains.


Yum. If you are going to try it, do it a few times. You never know, you might get used to it.
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