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Strength of a cats bite?

post #1 of 16
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My bengal male stud Luxor can easily chew through and eat a raw chicken thigh bone. As I look at the size of my fingers I see that the chicken bone is larger then they are. He is also not social which worries me a tiny bit.(got him that way, got him as an adult). But im working on trying to socialize him (with caution that's for sure)
It gives me new respect for my cats. At first he couldn't chew through those size of bones but I stated with smaller bones and started giving him bigger and bigger bones and now he has developed the strength in his jaws to chew up and eat chicken thigh bones.
None of my other cats can eat bones that large.
Well anyway that's just an observation, theres no real question with this thread. But feel free to post your observations about your cats and what breed they are and how strong thier bite is.
post #2 of 16
I think its fun to watch kitties eat whole pieces of meat. I gave my kitties a drumstick the other day (they are more used to ground meat) and Meeka worked that thing for at least 30 minutes! She looked like she was having so much fun. Well she definitely can't eat the bone but wow they can really clean it.

I've been getting my meat pre-ground but this weekend I'm going to go to the local carneceria and see if I can get some meat cheaper. I also want to see if they will grind it for me or if I need to buy myself a grinder. I also want to find osme chicken hearts and necks which my supermarket dosen't carry (well they have heart and gizzard but I don't need the huge quantity of gizzard all the time).
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
I think its fun to watch kitties eat whole pieces of meat. I gave my kitties a drumstick the other day (they are more used to ground meat) and Meeka worked that thing for at least 30 minutes! She looked like she was having so much fun. Well she definitely can't eat the bone but wow they can really clean it.

I've been getting my meat pre-ground but this weekend I'm going to go to the local carneceria and see if I can get some meat cheaper. I also want to see if they will grind it for me or if I need to buy myself a grinder. I also want to find osme chicken hearts and necks which my supermarket dosen't carry (well they have heart and gizzard but I don't need the huge quantity of gizzard all the time).
I know what you mean. The heart/gizzard package has way too many gizzards. Usually what I do is keep a few gizzards, all the hearts and give the rest of the gizzards to the dog-which he really appreceiates.
I figure the package is cheap and if I get four hearts that's more then a cat would get eating a whole chicken. So if im making 4 lbs. of chicken with bone that's about the size of a adult chicken. I throw in the 4 or so hearts and that should suffice.
A bone that your cats probably can eat is part of the leg quarters bone.There's three bones but at the end of the leg quarters there a flat bone, I give that whole bone to my cats and they all can eat that.
post #4 of 16
How about the wings?
post #5 of 16
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they can probably eat the wings-not at first though. I don't buy/feed wings there's just not enough meat on them to keep the cats healthy
post #6 of 16
When I worked for a local cat rescue, I was attacked by one of the dominent males, a large blank and white DLH (not sure if he had a breed or not.. doubt it) and he bit deep enpugh with one bite to shoot blood in all directions and cause nerve damage in the finger he bit.. I'd hate to see how much damage he would have done to my finger with anymore bites.

Its safe to be feeding cats chicken bones? I know your not supposed to feed them to dogs, as its a major choking hazzard.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Leto86
When I worked for a local cat rescue, I was attacked by one of the dominent males, a large blank and white DLH (not sure if he had a breed or not.. doubt it) and he bit deep enpugh with one bite to shoot blood in all directions and cause nerve damage in the finger he bit.. I'd hate to see how much damage he would have done to my finger with anymore bites.

Its safe to be feeding cats chicken bones? I know your not supposed to feed them to dogs, as its a major choking hazzard.
If the bones are RAW it is fairly safe..


I would guess too type of teeth and amount a cat should have about 1000 lb of pressure per inch
post #8 of 16
Ah.
post #9 of 16
Yes this diet is universal for cats and dogs. With dogs it may even be easier for large breeds because you can put down a whole chicken carcass for them to go to town on.

Cooked bones are brittle and splinter but raw bones are softer and chewable.

Our idea with this diet is to replicate a diet they would get in the wild creating very healthy animals.
post #10 of 16
Have you ever had a cat that trembles while they are eating? I might post this in behavior, I don't think its health related. Meeka trembles a bit when she eats, she's done this since she was a kitten and has always gotten a clean bill of health from the vet. She looooves to eat and can be a bottomless pit at times. But she has always had a little tremble. Have you ever heard of anything like this? It started before I did a raw diet. Its really not that apparent when you look at her, unless you are specifically looking for it, but you can feel it with your hands. I don't know if she's afraid the other cats are going ot steal her food... or what it is.
post #11 of 16
Hmm this morning she didn't do it, must be infrequent.
post #12 of 16
maybe she is just excited to eat every now and then?

I'd never be able to feed my dog raw meat... he gets very agressive if he's eating certain things.. and raw meat is one of them.
post #13 of 16
Maybe that is it ! She loves her food....

My cats were aggressive/protective at first. They would grab the meat, run off to the corner of the house and growl. Now its no big deal to them. Hope will growl if I put fish down (her favorite). If I put down a whole piece of chicken, Meeka will drag it around the kitchen and won't let anyone else to it until she is done. But their regular fare they have gotten used to.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Have you ever had a cat that trembles while they are eating? I might post this in behavior, I don't think its health related. Meeka trembles a bit when she eats, she's done this since she was a kitten and has always gotten a clean bill of health from the vet. She looooves to eat and can be a bottomless pit at times. But she has always had a little tremble. Have you ever heard of anything like this? It started before I did a raw diet. Its really not that apparent when you look at her, unless you are specifically looking for it, but you can feel it with your hands. I don't know if she's afraid the other cats are going ot steal her food... or what it is.
Almost all my cats started doing this when I started feeding raw. My guess is that it's not exactly room temp when we feed it because it's been refridgerated? Try warming it up a little more and see if she trembles still. It needs to be body temp so it's not so cold going down.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by bengalbabe
Almost all my cats started doing this when I started feeding raw. My guess is that it's not exactly room temp when we feed it because it's been refridgerated? Try warming it up a little more and see if she trembles still. It needs to be body temp so it's not so cold going down.
Oooh maybe thats it! You know that time it was colder than usual because I had taken it out of the freezer later than usual. Meeka is very sensitive to the cold too. Wow thats it... I don't think its that safe to heat though... I don't want to risk the bones getting mildly cooked. She didn't do it today so I think when I take it out of the freezer at the right time its fine.
post #16 of 16
We were babysitting a neighbor's cat one time when the cat freaked out with my husband. He was trying to pick him up to carry him into a quiet room when the cat bit down on his arm close to his wrist. My husband's knee-jerk reaction was to bring his arm away from him. Melvin (the cat) hung on the entire time and poor Steve, in his panic, was standing trying to shake the cat off his arm. Steve finally composed himself enough to gently lower him to the ground where he let go and ran off. Steve left a trail of blood on the floor about 30 feet long to the bathroom.

Melvin was simply a DSH orange/white tabby. The incident gave us great respect for the power in a domestic cat's jaws.
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