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Old 01-22-2013, 07:28 PM
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I have never thought about doing raw food for Jaxx and thought ZP was probably going to be the best he would get. I have been thinking though perhaps I could bring my yucky filter with raw to go away if I did one to two meals a week with raw then the rest of Jaxx's meals ZP.
I would mainly like the benefit of Jaxx getting to chew on raw bones and although I love ZP I know he is missing out on the chewing on bones with ZP, even though he gets lots of antlers and bully sticks I think a raw meal with bone might be great for him.

So if I want to do one or two meals a week with raw what should I give and how much or would it be better to just stick with ZP? I found 2 local butcher shops in our area that is not in grocery stores so I thought perhaps that might be the best place to find raw meats for Jaxx or would it be better to use one of the on line retailers that sell raw?

Is it hard to keep them in one spot with the raw meat and bones? I think my biggest problem is I am scared Jaxx is going to be carrying meat guts all over the house. He used to carry kibble into the living room but he is so consumed with his ZP that he never moves until it is all gone and he has licked the bowl. Also I assume it will take some time for him to chew on any bone. Do you guys put something under them while they are chewing on the bone, did I mention the thought of meat guts all over my apartment is my biggest fear?

I was amazed at the transformation of Jaxx's skin and coat after switching to ZP and I am hoping even if I start with just a couple times a week it will make his teeth even better too. His teeth do not have any build up but I would like to make sure I am doing the most I can for him.

I am sorry this is such a long post. Hopefully some of it makes sense.
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when doing meaty bones I will put a sheet down for my two (and its a dark maroon color to hide anything that might get on it)...if they move off it, I pick up the bone and move it back on the sheet. So far it has worked for me

Then you pick up the sheet and throw it in the washer till next time
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I put a gate up in the kitchen so they can escape with it, and also put a towel down.
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I feed mine in crates, on a puppy pad. (Used to use newspapers, but they stick to the meat) I used to put the paper straight on the floor, but they would hide things they didn't like behind the sofa cushions.... One time Bambi hid a piece of spleen (apparently it tastes very yucky!) in the laundry basket, where it remained hidden for several days......So now it is crates only lol.
Yummy things like pieces of chicken and ribs etc don't last long enough to be dragged around the house, they are immediately eaten, on the spot. So since you won't be feeding offal, I don't think you will have a problem. You have to supervise them eating bones anyway, just tell him to stay on the pad/towel or whatever you designate as his eating area, and put the bone back on if he tries to take it away. They soon associate the towel etc with yummy treats and learn to stay on it.
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