Do cats eat chicken?

Cats are obligate carnivores. These furry friends need animal based protein to thrive. Cats can survive on dry pet foods that have high carbohydrate content. However, a cat would not gain optimum health with this kind of diet. Therefore, a responsible cat owner aware of the true nutritional needs of the pet would make sure that the pet’s diet consists of meat and fish. Does this mean that cats can eat chicken? Definitely yes! Do cats eat live chicks? Again, the answer is yes.

Before domestication, cat in the wild would eat the meat of prey. Cats are cunning and adept hunters. Cats would subsist on the meat of hunted rodents, vermin, birds, lizards and other small animals. Aside from the companionship cats offer, these animals are most valued because of their function of keeping homes and farms mice and rat free. However, cats are hunters at heart. The cats’ instinct to hunt became the problem of farmers when these feline friends have started hunting and eating young chickens. Cats may be intimidated by fully grown chicken because of the size but chicks are pretty much the same as birds…one of the favorite preys of cats.

Cats have been domesticated. Cats have become well loved and pampered pets. Companion cats are provided not only with all the food they can eat but provided with toys as well as all the imaginable comforts the loving cat parent can offer. In spite of this fact, pet cats will still steal food from the table or from the kitchen counter. Cats would still filch meat and chicken! This goes to show that cats really do love to eat meat. Cat owners have the tendency to spoil the pet rotten. Once the owner became aware that chicken is a favorite food, an endless supply of chicken will be provided. The owner would even search the Web for recipes of chicken cat food.

In the wild, cats have eaten the fresh and warm meat of the prey. No one cooks for cats in the wild. In the wild, these animals certainly did not survive on processed pet foods. This is the reason why more and more cat parents are adapting the raw food diet for the pet. Cats are strict carnivores. Meat is the kind of diet Nature has intended cats to have. Cats though are finicky eaters. These animals would not eat the meat of animals that are not their prey. This makes the transition from processed cat food to a raw meat diet rather difficult. Since lambs and cows are not a cat’s prey, cat owners find it difficult to entice the pet to eat raw beef, lamb or venison. Fortunately, cats already eat chicken. If these animals do not eat chicken, the owner will be forced to give the pet its usual diet of processed food.

Feeding the pet raw chicken and other raw meat can have a small risk. The pet would be at risk for bacterial pathogens like E. Coli and Salmonella. Cats being fed raw chicken would be at risk for intestinal obstruction caused by ingested chicken bones. These risks though are minimal as compared to the benefits the cat can get from this current trend in feeding pets. The risk of bacterial contamination would be avoided with proper and hygienic preparation. Cat parent are ready to devote more time to ensure the safety of the pet. It would certainly be an easy matter to remove the bones from the chicken before the meat is given to the pet.

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