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  •  some people are feeding it to their dogs (3+ / 0-)
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    blue aardvark, RenaRF, koNko

    beef by-products anyone?

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 07:36:07 AM PDT

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    •  FOR REAL. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm SO CAUTIOUS with my cats' food.  It has to be produced AND CANNED domestically (no Chinese produced or canned food), and it has to have ZERO by-products and ZERO grains.  Oh.  And it has to be low-carb to accommodate my 15 year old diabetic cat.

      I wound up with Merrick Cowboy Cookout.  All 5 cats LOVE it.  Only two downsides to it: one, it's beef based - and the rule of thumb with cats is think "beaks and feathers" and not "spots and fins".  In other words - cats in the wild eat birds and small rodents, not cows and fish.  The other downside is that it (and 80% of commercial foods) has carrageenan which, while "natural", is suspected (in a corollary sense) to be linked to some instances of IBD and IBS.

      •  Cut it with gizzards. (3+ / 0-)
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        koNko, RenaRF, joynow

        That's what we do.  You can buy frozen gizzards (sometimes with hearts, sometimes not) at some independent grocers (ask your butcher.)  Our local independent grocer sells them for $1.99 a pound --way, cheaper than cat food!

        Cook em' up in a pan with some water until they're cooked through.  Whizz them up in a food processor until their all "pellety" and mix it in with the food.  We do half and half.

        Gizzards have cartilage which is high in calcium.  Good stuff, there.  We should probably be eating them.  Grandma used to grind them up to make raviolis.  

      •  Making your own cat food isn't hard (2+ / 0-)
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        and it's generally cheaper than premium foods.

        You can, of course, go to any length you like - using organic chicken is an option, though expensive.

        Using ordinary old chicken thighs, bought on sale at a buck a pound, you'll come in at about 1.50 pound total cost with supplements and additional ingredients factored in.  A lot cheaper than 1.40-2.00 for a six ounce can of premium cat food, and you know what cuts were actually used.

        With organic chicken thighs at 3.50 a lb, organic chicken liver at 2.00 a pound, and organic cage-free eggs, it wound up running me just over four bucks a pound.

        That's the same price as the super-premium foods, about half the cost of ordering frozen pre-packaged raw foods.

        In the end, unless there's a managers special that really knocks the price down, I don't go organic.  Just by making it myself I already know I'm not feeding them some mechanically separated mess masquerading as meat, there's no contamination, ect.

        Bombing Iran is far more dangerous than Iran getting The Bomb.

        by JesseCW on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 10:26:49 AM PDT

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      •  Carrageenan is also (0+ / 0-)

        a neuro-toxin. Very bad for brain health.

        Truth is harmonious, lies are discordant.

        by Babsnc on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 01:24:16 PM PDT

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