If you do not have multiple cats, as I do, simply put the diced chicken, in a big plastic, Ziploc bag, and get a handful out and zap it on defrost, each day.
By julrobs from North Augusta, SC
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Raw chicken is a good treat for a cat; but, there are long term problems with what you are doing.
Cooking does remove some of the nutrients in the meat, many amino acids are destroyed in the cooking process.
Discarding the bones means that they are not getting any calcium or other minerals needed to keep their bones strong. Cooked bones are dangerous for cats; but, ground up raw bones are safe and necessary.
They need some fat so keep some (not all) of the skin.
Even if you are keeping the chicken heart for the cat; it does not have enough taurine to protect their eyesight. Cats require more taurine in their diet than dogs or other animals. So, add some extra heart (chicken, turkey or beef).
The same is true of the liver. Add a little extra.
Add a couple of raw eggs and if your cat is not allowed out - add some greens (grass, parley, or celery).
The reason some older cats have issues with protein is that their kidneys have been damaged over the years by trying to process grains - corn, rice, millet, etc. If they have not been fed these foods, they will be fine.
I fed my cats a raw food diet for many years and they stayed healthy. The only reason I had to go back to commercial food was that it was becoming difficult to locate heart to add to the meat in my area.
Do log onto Dr. Lisa Piersons website at www.catinfo.org. It is important to know what needs to be in your recipe if you are not feeding commercial catfood. Just feeding chicken is not adequate. For one thing, leave the skin on. Cats have a high need for fat in their diets, unlike humans. They also need calcium/phosphorus and B vitamins that are not supplied with the meat. There are many other things to consider, and Dr. Lisa lays them out carefully. I have been a raw feeder for many years. If done right it is cheaper and much better for your cat.
Good for you! I keep telling people about the poor quality of commercial pet food. The bags scream how great the food is when the animal would get more benefit from eating the paper bag and throwing out the "food" inside it. Keep it up & find out what else you can add to the food for a balanced diet. Your cat will live much longer.
I'm not sure, but I think that feeding your kitty nothing but chicken could be asking for trouble. I think that so much pure protein could be very hard on the kidneys. I know when they are old & prone to kidney disease, you have to be careful about giving them too much protein. Not only that, but a meat only diet won't have the vitamins & nutrients your cat needs.
Please check with your vet to be safe.
Please google and go to Dr. Lisa Peirson's page for a balanced homemade diet for kitties :)
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