Can Cats Eat Chicken?
Learning all the types of foods your feline friend can or can’t eat can be an exhausting challenge and one that seemingly never ends. Thankfully, articles like this will help you quickly learn what you can or can’t add to a cat’s diet. While you might be able to find a complete list of foods to feed your precious puss in a veterinarian office or online, these don’t typically tell you how to feed your cat these foods. So, today we’re going to answer: ‘Is chicken good for cats’? and, ‘Can I feed my cat chicken?’ We’ll also discuss what parts are safe or harmful for kitty consumption.
Pros and Cons of Adding Chicken to Your Kitty’s Diet
Chicken can be a tasty and nutritious addition to a cat’s diet so long as it’s cooked and prepared safely and fed in moderation. In fact, chicken is a common ingredient in pre-made cat food which can be bought in supermarkets and pet stores all over the world. There are a few reasons why chicken is a popular ingredient in cat food which we’ll discuss now.
Pros: Chicken provides essential animal protein to a cat’s diet which is important since cats are natural carnivores. Protein is crucial for healthy muscle development and growth which allows cats to play and exercise without becoming fatigued too easily. This muscle-strengthening nutrient is a key part of any diet and shouldn’t be left out. Of course, another huge benefit of adding chicken to a cat’s diet is that it tastes delicious!
Cons: While chicken is perfectly safe in a cat’s diet so long as it’s cooked properly, there are some negatives. For example, the fatty skin and thin bones found in chicken present various health problems. While the skin can easily be removed to reduce the risk of fat-related health conditions (such as obesity or cardiovascular diseases), the amount of chicken given in a diet must still be carefully monitored. Bones also present a problem as the can become lodged in the throat or intestinal tract. While some pet parents allow their cat to chew on uncooked bones (because cooked bones easily splinter), the safest option is to remove chicken bones entirely from the diet.
Before adding chicken into a cat’s diet, a vet should be consulted and care should be taken to ensure the right amount is given. Too much chicken can result in heart conditions or weight problems while not enough protein can result in poor muscle formation and reduced growth. Although the easiest and safest way to add chicken to a feline friend’s diet is through pre-made cat food, homecooked chicken is also perfectly acceptable so long is as it is cooked and prepared safely.
Cooking Chicken for Kitty Consumption
If you’re cooking chicken for dinner and you’d like to give some to your feline friend you need to be mindful of a few important things. Firstly, chicken should ideally be cooked in the oven as this avoids the use of oil which is problematic in the feline diet. Cooking oil (which is used when frying chicken) is incredibly fattening to animals and can lead to heart disease or obesity if fed regularly. Secondly, cats are sensitive to many other human foods so the chicken should be cooked without garlic, onion, or any other herbs or spices. If you really want to feed you cat some chicken while your cooking, you’ll need to add seasoning after feeding it to your kitty to make it safe for their consumption. Lastly, it’s important not to feed your cat too much chicken and not too regularly either. If your cat is already receiving a healthy and well-balanced diet (as they should be), then any extra treats can pose health risks. Heart conditions, weight gain, diabetes, and obesity are all medical problems associated with overfeeding and can be the result of giving treats too often.
It’s also important to know the parts of the chicken that are safe or harmful to feed your cat. As mentioned previously, chicken skin and bones pose significant health risks and should be removed before feeding. Some pet parents give raw chicken bones to their cat to help strengthen their teeth and for the nutrients that come from chicken bones. However, this can cause problems if the bone breaks or splinters as it poses obvious injury risks. In order to reduce risk and ensure your cat’s safety, use dental chew sticks instead which still promote dental health without causing injury risks. These dental sticks often come in various flavors and have nutrients that are absorbed through chewing too!
Can Cats Eat Raw Chicken?
Unfortunately, this question doesn’t have a straightforward answer. Although some ready-made cat foods have raw chicken in them, it is usually fast frozen to destroy harmful bacteria to make it safe to eat. However, doing this at home may not work successfully and should be avoided. If you really wish to try it, specialist advice should be sought after from a vet or cat nutritionist before feeding a cat raw chicken. The problem with raw chicken is that it can easily become contaminated with harmful bacteria, particularly if it is store-bought or processed in some way. This is why chicken should be cooked before being eaten by both humans and felines.
If you’re still wondering, ‘do cats like chicken?’ then, in short, the answer is ‘Yes!’ Chicken is a delicious and nutritious treat for cats or it can be given as part of regular meals so long as it’s in moderation. You now know what parts are safe or harmful and how to properly prepare and cook chicken to make it safe for your feline friend. While we’ve covered all the information you need to feed your kitty, it’s worth consulting a vet for professional advice tailored to your specific cat if you have any questions. This is especially true if your cat has underlying diet-related health conditions. After doing so, you’ll be ready to feed your kitty this delicious savory treat!