I bought a discount bobcat hide (discounted for a reason, ya get what you pay for!). He was in pretty sad shape as far as the tan goes, this is the one I post that felt like cartilage. Anyway, people suggested some enzol-b, but I was afraid that if I put this cat back in the freezer and tried to thaw him one more time he'd just fall apart. As it is the pads are coming off at the slightest touch. The hide is very thick and has almost no stretch to it and was over all very delicate. It would take stitches down the back, but only if you squeezed the seam together, you couldn't pull on the thread very much or it just tore right out. When it is dry I'm going to see how the pads are doing and rub off any that come off easy. Then I plan to fix with epoxy sculpt and paint. The mount is still drying as when it gets a little drier I'll start playing around with the eye shape (the other eye is closed). There is a ring of pins around the scratching leg because the foot came off and the tan was much too delicate to stitch. So I put a little hide paste under there and put in the pins, my hope is that it will dry and stay in place. If it doesn't I'll deal with it when the time comes. The bones had been left in the toes making life difficult, but the tan was so delicate that I didn't dare try to remove them. I have no idea if the finished product will be something that is strong enough to last or not. I'm just trying to save this poor cat.