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Old 10-28-2012, 10:30 PM
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I decided to let Chloe try a chicken wing for a treat. I don't want to feed completely raw, but I want her to have the benefits of chewing and the recreation from it as well. She's doing really well with it. At first she just licked it, but now she's starting to chew on it. I have a few questions though. What do you say to them when they move the chicken wing off of the towel to teach them to stay on it? I had her on a small hand towel and she kept pulling it off the side, so I put her on a big towel and it seems to have helped. She's not trying to run off with it or anything. She was just slowly dragging it off the towel. Also, how long do I let her chew on it before taking it away? I don't know how long it's safe to leave it out of the refrigerator. So far she's had it for about 45 minutes and it looks the same as when I gave it to her. So, I think it will take her awhile to get the hang of it and eat it faster. Do you just clean them up afterward with a baby wipe? Does that kill all of the germs?

Thank you! Here's a video of her when we first gave it to her.


This video is after she had been working on it for about 30 minutes or so. Excuse my boyfriend in the background. He's watching football. haha
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Bless. I'm glad she enjoyed it! I just sat by him the first few times and had my hand in the plastic bag the wing was in, every time he went near the edge I picked up the wing, placed it back in the middle of the mat and said 'on your mat'. Now he mostly moves around so that he keeps it on the mat, but if he gets near the edge I just say 'on your mat' and he moves it back on. My OH says 'back on the mat please Mylo' and he still understands that, even though I think it's odd! He did try to run off with it at first so I just took it off him for a minute and then gave it back. I generally just wipe him with a baby wipe and the area with a disinfectant wipe. No ones gotten sick yet, so I hope it's ok!

I just left him for however long it takes. He'd chew on it for about half an hour and decide he's had enough. Now he goes through it in about 15 mins and through a rib in less than 10! It doesn't take long for them to speed up.
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Bless. I'm glad she enjoyed it! I just sat by him the first few times and had my hand in the plastic bag the wing was in, every time he went near the edge I picked up the wing, placed it back in the middle of the mat and said 'on your mat'. Now he mostly moves around so that he keeps it on the mat, but if he gets near the edge I just say 'on your mat' and he moves it back on. My OH says 'back on the mat please Mylo' and he still understands that, even though I think it's odd! He did try to run off with it at first so I just took it off him for a minute and then gave it back. I generally just wipe him with a baby wipe and the area with a disinfectant wipe. No ones gotten sick yet, so I hope it's ok!

I just left him for however long it takes. He'd chew on it for about half an hour and decide he's had enough. Now he goes through it in about 15 mins and through a rib in less than 10! It doesn't take long for them to speed up.
She actually did really good! She ate all of it finally after about 55 minutes. It took her forever! But she loved it! She acted sad when it was finally gone. haha I also got some ribs that I'm planning on cooking for dinner tomorrow for us, so I think I'll let her try one of those tomorrow.

If I want to feed her a raw dinner sometimes how do I know how much to give her?
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I find that even if I give Odie a bit too much, she'll just fill up and leave the rest. I also corral her on her towel with little gates, mainly because the cats come around, interested in what she has, and I want her to eat in peace. We do a bony meal 2-3 times per week, because that's what seems to keep her poop firm but not too hard.


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I don't weigh or anything like that. I give ZP twice per day and then in the evening I give a raw meal, so a rib, chicken wing, mince. Wherever it is I give it like that and when he's done he'll stop eating, then I put it back in the fridge for tomorrow. You don't want to give meals where the bone can be eaten too often because it can cause constipation but I prefer to give bone in meals because it slows down eating, gives them a work out, is good for teeth, mentally stimulating and he tends to try and swallow big chunks of meat and scares me half to death with it! He just chews on the rib bones until I take them away. Usually he cleans them off completely so I just leave the bone around for him to chew for a while. It doesn't smell or anything because all the meat is gone. If you do want to weigh meals then I think they're meant to get somewhere between 2-4% of their weight if they're an adult, which you'd just divide by how many meals you give. I think there's more info on it in the raw thread but I just let Mylo decide and keep an eye on his weight and that seems to work for us
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Miya is a little piggy so she usually finishes the wing. At first, it took her almost and hour to eat the whole thing. Now, she's done in about 20 minutes. So, I don't take it away, I let her finish it, unless she is "full" and leaves it there.

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Wow, 45 minutes? My little Chihuahua eats and consumes all of a wing within 10 minutes. Even my tiny 12 week old kitten consumes wings in about 15 minutes. I do not take it away at any point because chicken bones are soft and edible. If I want to feed Onyx meat on the bone with bone she won't eat, I feed ribs. I simply take it away once all of the meat is stripped off.

As for your towel problem, any command you want is what you use. The command doesn't matter, the training is what matters. Hell, you can make the command "poop" so long as you teach her the word "poop" means to stay on the towel lol. Both Onyx and my kitten just stay on the towel naturally, no training needed. They even put the meat back on their towel themselves if they accidentally drag it off.

For clean up, I use Earth Bath brand wipes. I just clean up the paws. Some people say vinegar works but I don't use it.

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