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Old 04-09-2007, 11:07 PM
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Default Rice-Buddy as alternative heating source

I wanted to share my methods of making rice buddies and invite you to share your ideas as well.

For those who don't know what a "Rice Buddy" is:

A "Rice Buddy" is for the baby animals to cuddle up against when they are little, a sort of momma substitute, and they are also an alternative heating source in case you have no heating pad or hot water bottle available and need to warm up a baby animal. Rice acts as a heat conductor; it stores the heat for a few hours and releases it slowly.

Here is what you need:

1 old sock (clean and no holes please!)
cheap rice
soft fabric (something where the lil claws can't get tangled up in, so no terry cloth and such)

Finish your Rice Buddy:

Fill the old sock 3/4 with rice. Leave enough room so you can make a knot on top of the sock to close the "Rice Buddy".

Put the rice-filled sock into the microwave for 2 minutes. If it steams when done, let the steam evaporate. Wrap the warm sock into the soft fabric. Make a tight knot on each end of the Rice Buddy so it looks like a big piece of candy.

Notes:
"Rice Buddies" are re-usable and easy to keep clean if you wash the outer fabric after each use.

You could use plastic wrap in between the outer fabric and sock, but you have to practice CAUTION, because you are risking suffocating the babies if they manage to crawl inside the fabric and get to the plastic wrap! Never underestimate a baby animal!
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Old 04-10-2007, 02:57 PM
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I made some of these for hubby and I to use for our various aches and pains.

All you need is fleece, two pieces cut the size you want. Pin them together wrong side out and sew, leaving the top open (if you plan on leaving out the decorative seam you may want to leave as small an opening as possible here. Turn right side out, now make a decorative seam (you will see why I do this later) around the sewn edges (you can make this seam as big or small as you want, keep in mind it will reduce the size of the rice filled area. I also sew some seams up the middle of the piece, these can be in a pattern if you like or just straight up and down, the purpose of this is to help keep the rice more uniform, the amount of these seams will depend on the size of your piece. Fill your piece with rice, do not overfill as this makes it hard and it won't mold to whatever body part you are using it on. Once filled, turn the top fabric in and pin closed, sew it closed using the same size seam you used when sewing the decorative seam around the other edges. If you don't want the decorative seam you can do away with it, but this will means hand sewing the top opening closed.

You can also make these in tubes if you like, they are simpler to make, no extra seams, just make the tube, fill and stitch the fill opening closed.

I've made squares and rectangles of differing sizes. I would imagine you can make any shape you want, let your imagination fly. Just remember they have to fit in a microwave to be heated. Heating time will vary depending on the size, I heat my larger ones for 1 min each side, then 30 second each side (checking temp after each 30 seconds).

These can also be placed in the freezer if you need a cold pack.

I hope these instructions make sense.
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:29 PM
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I like the idea with the pockets!!!! How do you clean those though? Re-sew it each time you washed it?
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:40 AM
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The only way I know of cleaning these is to wipe them off with a damp cloth.

Oh, I just had an idea, wonder if it would work (don't look at me to try it, I'm horrible at sewing). Putting a zipper in would allow you to remove the rice, hand wash the fleece, dry it, then put the rice back in.
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Aaah, good idea with the zipper! But I have 2 left hands too ROFL!

The wiping down idea wouldn't work with mine since the babies cuddle up on top of the sock-tube and of course pee all over it. That's why I have plastic wrap to protect the sock.

I'm laughing so hard with the litter of 6 here. I put a rice buddy in the cage, feed them and put them back into the cage..and they all are just rushing to the rice buddy and it looks like as if the thing is one huge kitty magnet..no matter how far you put the kitty down, zaaaaaaaaapadeedoodah, she clings right back on that thing loool.

They are all doing fine, even the runt I didn't give much of a chance seems to be out of the woods .

I have to make a picture!
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Here they are between 2 rice buddies..I'd wish I could have captured the purring too LOL.

Here are the other 7 bigger ones, the 3 boys and 4 girls:



And this is what I feed each feeding:

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They sure do love their surrogate mom. The rice buddy is a very good idea.

The kittens look healthy Miss D, good job as always.
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Thanks Sis. Looks like I'm lucky with all of them..no signs of any illness so far! Knock on wood!!!

Yeah, I'm still amazed at those rice buddies, especially now with this fur-like fabric. I made them the same size a momma cat would be, so they are going bonkers lol. Thanks to the generous animal lover who donated a few yards of that stuff, those kitties are growing up soooooooooooooooft and cuuuuuddly .
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Old 04-13-2007, 02:16 PM
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When I hit the summer garage sales I'll have to keep my eyes open for some of that material for you.
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Dear god that is a lot of formula. @_@

Congrats on healthy babies MissD! They are so cute with their little rice buddy!
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