Originally Posted by coaster
You should be able to get an excellent grinder for half that price if you're willing to stick with fryer chickens. I have a 1000 watt grinder and it works fine for chickens under about five pounds. It starts bogging down on the seven pound roasters and rabbits, and forget turkey. For that, you need to step up to the 1200 watt grinder.
But what I really wanted to mention is that before you grind bone-in rabbit, do some research. I came across a couple studies where whole rabbit was fed and there were serious problems. First of all with rabbit bones. Unless they're double-ground very, very fine, they could be a hazard to the G-I tract. Second is that rabbit meat is deficient in taurine. So rabbit always has to be supplemented and shouldn't every be the main part of the diet. I wish I could find those articles now but apparently I didn't bookmark them. I know that I decided to debone my rabbit before grinding, and if you've ever deboned rabbit, you tend to not be too enthusiastic about using it.
I have five cats on it, and am feeding over 2 pounds a day (I *think* about 2.5 pounds). I was going to use the rabbit as a supplement, as a sometimes food to supplement their main chicken diet, or potentially as an add-in. I don't mind giving them double ground mush as their rabbit supplement. I think the TS-1800 (or whatever it was), has a superfine grinding plate. If you come across those articles, though, definitely let me know. It will be awhile before I start getting rabbit for them. I'll either have to figure out a balance between getting the rabbit right and using it or skip it and turn to something else. It's really going to depend on how difficult doing it right is.
Originally Posted by Crt
I've been successfully feeding Kabou raw for about a month. She's been my problem kitty because of tummy issues, suspected IBD, and she has made such great progress with her vomiting, eating and lethargy. I'm almost afraid to get too excited, but so far so good. In fact, so far so great! Vomited only one time in a month, poops don't stink, and she seems so much more comfortable and satisfied. AND, she is enjoying her food for the first time in months! I'm giving her rabbit, using the catnutrition.org recipe. I do supplement with extra taurine. This is the good part...............
The bad part is the expense. She doesn't like premade and she doesn't like dark meat chicken, so I've been ordering 10 pounds of double ground from Hare Today Gone Tomorrow. The shipping is the killer. My last order cost $70.00. It will last a month at the most.
If anyone knows of another reliable source for ground rabbit that is closer to Texas, please let me know.
I had heard that raw helps clear up a lot of IBD and stomach issues, as a lot of cats are allergic to the ingredients (not the actual ingredients but the additives and/or chemicals used to make commercial foods), and that they cause a lot of problems. I've also read on a vet's website that cats are often diagnosed with chicken or fish allergies when it's actually an allergy to the additives. Hopefully your kitty will find that this works for her. I think it's looking positive for you! Good luck!
Mine won't eat premade either. What I do with any meat they stick their noses up at is just cut up the smallest bit, and add it into what you're normal diet is. Like.. mine preferred chicken breast, so I had to start adding in just the smallest amount of thighs. Now they're eating both just fine. With beef or lamb, or anything else (with the general exception of poultry, cause they love it), I have to add in just a little bit and beef is one of those things that they just DO NOT like to eat all by itself. Sometimes they'll begrudgingly eat a plate of beef, but mostly they stick their noses up at it. They will eat it if it's mixed into the chicken, in small chunks, though.
This is a website for rabbit, where you can get it already double ground. It was listed on catinfo.org as their source for rabbit. http://www.wholefoods4pets.com/
This place was listed for east coast, but I don't know.. they may ship to Texas as well. I'm not sure what the cost on the pre-ground is... I did a cost comparison for my own benefit, when I started considering the grinder, but I don't recall how much it was. As far as I'm concerned if it's significantly cheaper, I'll end up buying the rabbit and grinding it myself. I think the blade/grinder attachments are about $18 a piece, so.. you know, I could save myself that much in a month easily, in rabbit if the price is right.
Anyway, I'm thinking a grinder is the way for me to go. The savings amount is vast, I think.