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    Asked Oct 5, 2006, 11:44 PM 8 Answers
    Is it all right for a cat (adult) to eat fried chicken scraps from the table? This includes the bones. I didn't think they could. I know dogs can't. If "no", then why are cats different than dogs on this topic? Thanks Susan:confused: :confused:

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    tre_cani Posts: 117, Reputation: 22
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    Oct 6, 2006, 12:43 AM
    Cats and dogs should never eat cooked chicken bones, but there are many people that feed a "raw" diet to their pets. Apparently, if chicken bones are raw, they do not splinter as they do when they're cooked.

    Try this link if you're interested in raw feeding:

    I don't feed my pets raw food, but have known others that do and they seem to really support it's supposed benefits. I'm way too grossed out to ever try it for my babies though!
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    Oct 6, 2006, 04:30 AM
    Personally I wouldn't feed any chicken bones (cooked or raw) to my cat or dog... they may not splinter when raw but there is still the chance that they could... Gristle is different though (the hard fatty stuff) that won't hurt them.. just take the bones out before you feed chicken to them... lower the risk of actually having something bad happen to them
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    Nov 6, 2006, 02:31 PM
    I have 2 standard poodles. My mom feeds them raw chicken backs.. NOW cooked chicken can splinter in your animals mouth so NO I wouldn't give any animal cooked chicken bones only RAW!!

    It whitens their teeth and freshens breath believe it or not!!
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    Nov 6, 2006, 05:13 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by susan keller
    Is it alright for a cat (adult) to eat fried chicken scraps from the table?

    NEVER give your pet "cooked" bones of any kind! Fried Chicken can cause a problem called pacretitis and you will end up with a sick animal, medications, and a big vet bill!

    This includes the bones. I didn't think they could. I know dogs can't. If "no", then why are cats different than dogs on this topic? Thanks Susan:confused: :confused:
    Both cats and dogs can be given raw bones since they do NOT splinter! Usually the BARF or raw diets have ground up bones. I currently moved to a raw diet for my cat and have been very pleased with it. I only supplement with raw for my dogs.
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    Nov 6, 2006, 06:04 PM
    Bones should be avoided at all cost and they can harm your cat. The more you fill your cat up with your food the less likely she is to eat her own. And since our nutritional needs are not the same as our cats', your cat will get less of the vitamins, amino acids, and minerals she needs and probably more of those she does not need. Cats are obligate carnivores which means they must eat meat and generally do not digest vegetable matter very well. Table scraps are a leading cause of digestive disorders.The rich foods we eat can wreak havoc on your cat's digestive tract. A simple, consistent diet keeps their system functioning as it should. Throw in your very different foods and spices and do not be surprised if your cat has bad gas, bad breath, loose stools, etc.You could end up with a finicky eater. If your cat develops a taste for your food, she may stop eating her own. After all, which would you prefer, dry cat food or juicy steak and hamburger every night?

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    Nov 25, 2006, 05:33 PM
    NO,dogs and cats can NEVER eat chicken bones,what would happen is it would like sliver in there throats and cut of the tubes to breathe:(
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    Aug 24, 2008, 12:54 AM
    YOU MUST FEED RAW BONES BUT NEVER FEED COOKED BONES(COOKED BONES ARE DANGEROUS AND GREATLY LOSE BENEFITS WHILE COOKING, AND THEY CAN SPLINTER IN THE MOUTH OF ANIMALS AND HURT THEIR THROAT OR MAKE THEM SUFFOCATE AND CHOKE THEM).The benefits of eating bones are greatly reduced by cooking, and it can actually create dangers.. but RAW BONES, what I have read about it,that they are a basic source for calcium for dogs and cats and IF CATS AND DOGS WOULD NOT GET CALCIUM ,THAT WOULD BE VERY DANGEROUS TO THEIR HEALTH AND LIFE, (check this webpage,it will open directly a "Word doucment": {actually maybe here on our page you can not copy the words written,then you can find the following page in Google and you can easy click it ,you find it about number 4 or 5 in the search results when type in search these 3 words:
    Cats bones calcium }: {if it gives you message about unable to do load conversion filter,and ask you to continue or not,click YES})
    so i have read, that raw bones are a natural and highly digestible source of calcium and is required to provide a natural balance to the higher levels of phosphorous found in raw meat ,It is vital for muscular contraction in the body, including the heart muscle. and adequate calcium from raw bones is vital for normal growth and development, and Raw Bones also play an integral role in dental hygiene for dogs and cats.
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    Aug 24, 2008, 06:33 PM
    Raw Food Diet for Pets
    Some pet owners who sought an alternative to processed commercial pet foods have turned to the bone and raw food (BARF) diet. Numerous websites have testimonials from breeders and pet owners who have seen definite improvements in their animals' health since they have been on BARF. Kymythy R. Schultze, a certified Clinical Nutritionist and a certified Animal Health Instructor, has written a complete and easy-to-understand guide on feeding pets raw food called Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats The Ultimate Diet (Hay House, Inc. ISBN 1-56170-636-1).

    The vital importance of whole raw food for animal health was demonstrated by a ten-year experiment (1932-42) run by Francis Pottenger, Jr. MD. Kymythy Schultze says that the experiment, involving 900 cats, "was conducted within the most rigorous scientific standards of the day, and the pathological and chemical findings were also supervised by Alvin G. Foord, MD, professor of pathology at the University of Southern California." Dr. Pottenger had noticed that cats fed on raw food enjoyed good health, as did their offspring. When the cats were fed cooked or processed food, their health deteriorated. These cats developed behavior problems, allergies, skin problems, parasites, nervous system inflammation, organ malfunction, and skeletal deformities. The third generation of cats fed only cooked food could no longer reproduce. It took four generations of cats eating raw food for those lines to regain health.

    The BARF diet has no single formula; but in all of the information that I have read it is a mixture of raw muscle and organ meat, raw egg, pulped vegetable, and raw meaty bones. Raw edible bones, such as poultry necks, wings, and backs, are easy for an animal to crunch up and make up the bulk of the BARF diet. Kymythy Schultze recommends beginning with raw chicken or turkey necks "as they are mostly cartilage and very flexible." Beef knuckle bones provide dogs with great entertainment and some nutrients, but they cannot eat the entire bone and miss some nutrients, according to Ms. Schultze. Cooked bones should NEVER be given to pets because cooking makes bone splinter and difficult to digest, which may cause internal damage or blockages.

    Although many pets enjoy crunching up the bones themselves, some owners who feed the mixture of meat, pulped vegetables or fruits, and supplements prefer to grind the poultry necks, wings, backs, lambs ribs, and rabbit quarters that make up the meaty bone portion of the mix. Ms. Schultze warns against feeding pets a homemade diet that does not include some form of raw bone because nutritional deficiencies will result.: "Raw meaty bones provide nutritious marrow, amino acids/protein, essential fatty acids, fiber, enzymes, antioxidants and a vast array of species-appropriate minerals and vitamins, all in a usable form."

    Although humans are rightly concerned about the bacteria in raw meat (disinfect counters and utensils when working with raw meat to avoid cross-contamination), the short and acidic digestive systems of dogs and cats are designed to handle bacteria. "Bacteria is not a problem for a pet with a strong immune system," Ms. Schultze asserts, "and a strong immune system is encouraged by eating species-appropriate raw food."

    Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats gives approximate amounts for pets who weigh 10 pounds, 50 pounds, and 100 pounds. The 50-pound pet food formula consists of 3/4 -1 cup muscle meat (plus organ meat or egg); 1 turkey neck or 6 chicken necks; 3 tablespoons pulped vegetables; 2 teaspoons kelp/alfalfa; 1 teaspoon cod liver oil; 2 teaspoons essential fatty acids; and up to 3-6 grams of vitamin C. In an article on meat grinders in The Whole Dog Journal, Mary Strickney of Cortland, Nebraska, has fed her toy rescue dogs (10 at present) and cats (4) home-prepared meals for 40 years. Her formula consists of 70% raw meaty bones, 10% organ meat, and 20% vegetables, fruit, eggs, and ricotta cheese. Neither she nor Kymythy Schultze recommends grains (a primary component in commercial dry pet food) because they contribute to allergies and digestive problems. For pet owners who would like to feed pets the BARF diet but do not have the time to mix it themselves, small pet food companies, which can be found on the web, sell BARF formulas in frozen packages.

    Eskew, Susan. Good Grinders. The Whole Dog Journal. January 2003. 800-829-9165
    Schultze, Kymythy R. CCN, AHI. Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats The Ultimate Diet. Hay House, Inc. ISBN 1-56170-636-1

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