Date: 2001-07-06 22:57:00 UTC
Subject: question on Bob Churchs food sugesting
I was on the web checking things out and i found some things by Bob Church.. is cartilage really a good thing? or pig ears?
CARTILAGE: The ends of chicken bones, pig or beef ears, etc., are all made of cartilage, which is often used as a homopathic remedy for joint pain. I am personally convinced that one of the reasons ferrets love to chew on rubber and crunchy veggies is because they have a sort of cartilage texture and chewiness. Lots of carnivores (and people) *love* chewing of rubbery or crunchy things, and cartilage fits the bill. There is a ferret product designed to fill this need, but I personally find it expensive, so I subsitute piggie ears (for doggies). I just soak them until soft and cut them into strips. Providing this type of chewing pleasure, as well as bones, has almost completely eliminated rubber and cord chewing in my house, even from Ballistic who would chew the heels off your shoes while you were wearing them. Cartilage is mostly protein, low fat, but as a treat, it is excellent.