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    I mixed up meat for the dog and cat yesterday. Roo mince and liver, heart and beef kidney. I offered the dog a piece of kidney as I was cutting it and she wouldn't eat it. The cat did.

    So I added most of the kidney to the cat mix, but put some in the dog mix as I figured she wouldn't be so fussy if it was mixed with other stuff.

    Neither of them like their food! The dog will eat it eventually, but clearly isn't thrilled about the smell. The cat just leaves her (though then goes and steals the good bits from the dog's bowl, because she can).

    I have given it to the dog before but cooked (mistook it for liver at the supermarket). I suppose I will just avoid it from now on and I might have to throw out what's left - or cook it.

    But is there something about kidney that puts animals off?

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    LOL.......Annabelle won't eat kidney or Lam's heart ........You can see her screw up her face, makes me laugh every time. All the others love it, who says they have no taste
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    I had never seen a dog refuse any meat before...

    Cutting up the offal was a disgusting job, especially the kidneys. I too think they smell foul!

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    I think it is their texture.......
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    At least you didnt try and feed that stuff to your daughter Beloz. My old man used to cook up that (except the heart) for dinner.....i can still smell it.

    I never ate it either...i dont blame any dog for turning thier nose up at liver and kidneys. (i couldnt find a vomit smiley ..lol )


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    OMG Sean, you've given me memories of my dad who used to eat anything and everything, tripe, any kind of offal, brains, my mum would cook us tongue, and boil up that orange smelly fish we called South African fillets ... some days I'd come in the door from school and wish I lived in any other house in the street than ours ...

    Beloz, you're very brave to cut up the offal yourself - although I have cut up liver, it is quite firm ... I'm making myself ill even typing this

    Would a butcher mince it all for you so you just had to bag/freeze it when you get home ?

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    Yeah, I decided yesterday that it's not worth the effort so will go talk to the butcher tomorrow. This batch wasn't even cheap because I got it from Woolies. The nearest butcher is quite out of my way though... And I don't know about you, but I always feel a bit embarrassed when I only buy offal and bones from the butcher! Though the one I'll be going to is really good, so I'll stock up on some stuff for us humans to put in the freezer too.

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    I think it can be a matter of what they're used to.

    Frosty loves LOVES dried liver. Not so fond of cooked liver, and won't eat raw liver. go figure.

    She loves mince - beef or roo.

    Haven't tried the other stuff on her.

    Kidneys do smell quite different to liver which smells quite different to heart.

    I like heart - it's like that yummy little bit on the rib chop of the lamb - ie like fillet steak on beef, lamb heart (fresh cooked) is like the fillet steak of lamb.

    I can't stand the look or texture of lambs brains. And I'm vaguely superstiticous - Some Africans believe if you eat the brains of a certain animal - you gain its qualities and I don't want to think like a sheep. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

    Any time you're trying to get a dog going on a new combination of dinner it pays to mix it in slowly ie only a little bit per meal.

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    Yes Beloz, I always feel like I should buy other stuff from the butcher - I've found a good butcher now and the last time I went in there he had some great pork and fennel sausages and he gave me half a dozen to try, so then I bought even more ...

    Hyacinth, that was funny about the brains

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