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post #1 of 14 Old 05-13-2010, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Is beet pulp going to hurt my cat?

One of my barn cats, Delilah, has taken to sharing Finn's feeding times. I am not sure why - she has a bowl filled all all times in the barn, plus she is hunter extraordinaire, so it's not like she's doing it because she's hungry. She's just started it since I added beet pulp to Finn's ration, and that seems to be the part she's really going after. Finn is content to share, he's easy going like that, but I can't fathom why she would want to eat it, and am not certain it wouldn't be harmful or at the very least very constipation-inducing for her? It's shreddies, not pelleted, and it is soaked, but still....so weird....why are all my animals WEIRD....


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post #2 of 14 Old 05-13-2010, 11:28 PM
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She might be liking the high fiber. Maybe she's using it instead of grass to help clear hairballs?
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-13-2010, 11:51 PM
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My guess too is that she is going for the fiber.

When we still had our sweet indoor kitties, they would go wild when we brought ears of corn home. They would eat the corn husks until they threw up! So it was always a race to get the corn in the fridge before the cats noticed it was in the house.

I don't know if it would hurt her. Hopefully not.
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post #4 of 14 Old 05-13-2010, 11:57 PM
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you should take a picture of them eating together, ya know, for us picture lovers :)
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-14-2010, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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you should take a picture of them eating together, ya know, for us picture lovers :)
I'll do that, tomorrow! It actually is a little funny to see a 4 lb cat push a 15 hand horse out of his own feed.


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post #6 of 14 Old 05-14-2010, 02:05 AM
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I wouldn't worry about your kitty, most cat and dog foot have beet pulp in it
And pics for sure ;)

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post #7 of 14 Old 05-14-2010, 02:06 AM
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ha ha it's soooooo time for bed I typed foot instead of food... geesh!

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post #8 of 14 Old 05-14-2010, 07:10 AM
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The great thing about kitties is their ability to puke things up that do not agree with them (unless it is 2am and they do it on the bed).

I agree with the others that it is probably fine though. Beet Pulp is a common filler in pet foods.
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-15-2010, 01:16 PM
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ahem, Indy... pics of Delilah and my horse Finn please? Like everyone else has said, no it's not going to hurt her. As to why she's doing it? Because she's a cat, the true freaks of nature. And why are your animals so weird? Join the club sister... I'd rather have weird than the kind that are constantly lame/sick/injured though!!!
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-15-2010, 06:39 PM
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I'm amazed your horse is fine about it. Mine don't let ANY animals in field, much less in bucket.

I don't think it'll hurt the cat - they are very smart naturally on what is good and what is not so good for them (and as mentioned have no problem to throw it up on your bed (or right next to it so you'd have fun stepping into it) if it doesn't go well).
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