Me vs frozen quail: the quail are winning
So I've gotten myself into a predicament, and I could use some advice on how to get out of it. It is mildly amusing how I got into this pickle... every step I took seemed quite logical. And yet the end result is a mess. (Life seems to go like that a lot... one would think I'd be used to it by now, but I'm not).
So we've been doing the raw thing for a few months now, and it is going well; everyone is well past the puking stage. We have three cats. Two (L and F) are siblings, ten years old and have lost some teeth due to lesions; some of their remaining teeth are weak. The third cat, G, is 16 years old and her teeth are mostly there, but dirty. We've been wanting to start our cats on large chunks of meat with small bones in the hope of improving their dental health (we've tried a lot of other things to improve their dental health, few of which seem to make any difference, but I digress...).
I read a lot about this on the various pro-raw vet site and ran across the idea that, especially with pets with compromosed or missing teeth, use caution in introducing meat with bone. Instinct will usually tell them what to do with the stuff, but they will need some practice to get the hang of it. I also ran across the idea that chicken necks and wings are a bit big to to be species-appropriate for cats. If my cats were younger and their teeth were in good shape, I would probably have tried chicken wings anyway, since it seems to be working out okay for most people who are doing it (and they resemble the vet's fingers, which one of my cats likes to bite)... but I decided not to risk it with my existing set of cats. Quail seemed like a safer choice. But I didn't just want to go out and buy a quail at a grocery store. I wanted some place with a solid reputation for good food handling practices. So... I went to a reputable raw food source online to order quail. They have a minimum order of 20lbs. So that is what I ordered.
So now I have 20 pounds of frozen raw quail in my freezer. The problem: I am finding these frozen dead birds quite unmanageable. They are stuck together in solid lumps of 4 quail each. If I thaw them before I cut them up, they will spoil before my cats get around to eating them, and they can't be refrozen. So I want to separate them and cut them into smaller pieces while they are frozen, to get my pets started, but, even with a hacksaw, it is really hard to cut the stuff up. I think for starters I need a bigger hacksaw...
Please... I need tips. How do I deal with this? Help!!!!!!!!!!!!