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Raw Meat Diet – Part 11 – Raw Bones

You can read part 9 here.

Can Cat Eat Raw Bones?
Cats can eat raw bones, as long as the bones are soft and manageable. Barring small kittens, most cats can handle raw bones quite well because they’re naturally equipped to do so. Don’t shop poultry necks into very small pieces because that poses a choking hazard. However, if the neck segments are too large, they might intimidate a cat and he might lose interest in eating it. So keep the pieces just large enough for your cat to get some benefit from chewing them but not so small that they might choke them.

The easiest bones for a cat to eat are Cornish Game hen necks, followed by chicken necks. Duck and turkey necks are another good choice because they have a good deal of meat, and cats can spend a lot of time chewing and gnawing on them, even dislodging existing tartar. start by serving your cat necks; then you can move on to whole quail, whole mouse, and whole small birds. Once your cat grows more comfortable eating smaller bones, you can transition to larger bones in meats. Such as chicken backs and wings.

Because meat cuts with a high bone ratio can lead to an imbalance in the diet, cats should ideally eat small prey, such as quail or game hen. Most cats can polish one of these off in one or three sittings, making them ideal for your cat. Not only is the calcium-phosphorous level balances, but cats also get the benefit of chewing on bones. This helps keep their teeth clean and plaque-free.

Never feed your cat cooked bones, because cooking causes bones to become brittle, making them more likely to splinter and cause internal bleeding as well as intestinal blockage. Supervise all meals involving bones, Because occasionally a tooth can get stuck in a neck segment or meat can get caught between a cat’s teeth. If this occurs, gently pry the meat or neck segment loose and give it to your cat again. Most cats can handle small, soft bones just fine, but it’s always good to keep an eye out. Very large or hard bones, such as beef or deer bones, can cause problems such as cracked teeth.

Resources
Whole Health By Happy Cats by Sandy Aurora

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5 Responses to “Raw Meat Diet – Part 11 – Raw Bones”

  1. niasunset

    Thank you for this post dear Dianda, actually my cat never tasted a bone… but she doesn’t like to eat raw meat… but she likes fishes… :) Love, nia

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