|Purred: Wed Mar 19, '08 7:50pm PST |
|Here's what my mom found at the veterinarian's catinfo.org site, Kali. The doctor basically says be careful with it, which would make me nervous, but if you're comfortable with it I guess go ahead:
"I buy only whole meats or whole carcasses from the market for the following reasons:
The surface of whole meats can be washed with cold water before we grind them. This helps remove the surface bacteria. Going one step further, the whole meat can be put into boiling water for a few minutes to help kill the surface bacteria. I suggest doing this for any animal that may be immunocompromised due to illness, advanced age, or if they are receiving any immunosuppressive medications.
Once we grind the whole meat during our cat food preparation, it goes directly into the freezer. Ground meat that you buy from the supermarket has had the surface bacteria ground into it. Once the meat is ground, the surface area increases, which makes a great breeding ground for bacteria. This meat then sits in the refrigerated section of the meat department. It is not immediately frozen which would halt any further bacterial growth.
What this boils down to is a personal comfort level and I am not comfortable buying ground meat from a supermarket for raw feeding. If you choose this route, please be very careful of your source.
You may be wondering what the difference is between the ground meat at the supermarket and the ground rabbit that I buy from wholefoods4pets.com or hare-today.com. Wholefoods4pets and hare-today process the rabbits and then immediately freeze the final product versus refrigerating it. It arrives on my doorstep frozen.
In addition to only using whole meats, check with the butcher who you are purchasing from and see what his delivery schedule is so that you may purchase the freshest meat possible.
Basic food handling hygiene practices should be followed when preparing meat for yourself or your carnivore."
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