Can kittens eat raw chicken? Everything you need to know

can kittens eat raw chicken

We all know cats are obligate carnivores, and they love their fish and meat. Still, we cannot wrap our heads around whether cats can eat raw chicken or not. Well, even if we love chicken, we cannot imagine eating raw chicken because of the deadly salmonella. So, actually, can kittens eat raw chicken?

It is really a dilemma for us, cat lovers, whether the raw chicken is safe for them or not. And Yes, cats can eat raw chicken. After all, no one cooks the birds that wild cats hunt and eat. However, it is advised to debone the chicken and feeding them small pieces of chicken in lesser quantities. If you want to put your cat on a raw diet, talking to a vet in advance is crucial.

Well, you are right in this way but let’s have a look at the research-based information conveyed in my article.

The solution for this titanic problem is discussed right on your screen.

What is the basic kitten food guide?

Everything has its basics that must be followed before and after the matter. The same goes for your kitten too, they must serve food at least 4 times a day. Make sure not to overfeed or underfeed your kitten.

It is the same as we take our diet on a daily basis.

Always keep fresh water at the place of serving but never ever give milk as this can affect gastrointestinal functioning.

What are the nutritional needs of a kitten?

Do you know how ‘malnutrition’ occurs?

Well if don’t we are always here to answer.

It is due to you are not consuming that specific substance which the body needs most. Same in the case of your feline partner. They need proteins in much higher concentrations than herbivores.

They also need amino acids like:

  • Taurine
  • Arginine
  • Methionine
  • Cysteine


Interestingly, all these amino acids are present in the chicken meat.

So, Give me a thumbs up man…….

Or can we negotiate on a high five?

Which nutrients are basic for a kitten?

They need Vitamin B specifically

  • Niacin
  • Thiamin
  • Pyridoxine

Cats are not able to store these nutrients Therefore they need a food source for them.

Vitamin A and D are important for muscle strength, vision, bone, and more.

Vitamin E and K are also much needed by cats and both are present in commercial cat food.

Can kittens eat raw chicken?

It is not as straightforward as you might think.

 But yes… You can introduce raw chicken to your kitten’s diet. If the meat which is being provided is fresh and salmonella free then it’s ok, but this cant be as simple as mentioned.

Meat often gets contaminated with salmonella, E-coli, listeria when exposed to the open area. Vets often strongly disagree with giving your cat bones.

Can kittens eat raw bones?

Buddy, before reading this take a pencil and a notebook with you and write an emergency note abruptly here:

That “Never feed your kitten cooked bones” will be like humans will be eating glass with potentially sharp edges.

Cooked bones can cause extremely fatal cuts in the body of your furball.

Giving raw(uncooked) bones is more appreciated.

Hey, stop….

Take another note that to always give large bones to your pet so that it could not swallow it. Avoid giving them large marrow bones also as they may end in breaking the teeth of the kitten.


If in any case, your cat eats it doesn’t ever try to induce vomiting as the bones can do more harm while coming out.

Which part of the raw chicken can kittens eat?

Here, we have made a shortlist of specific parts of the chicken that can be proved helpful.

1: Giblets

If taken from a healthy chicken this can fulfill the need for textures, healthy fats, and moisture. They are perfectly safe for your feline.

2: Ground Bones

Well you know bones need calcium to maintain their consistency similarly they in return provide calcium too.

Giving your cat finely-grounded bones will be a prime source of calcium.

can kittens eat raw chicken
can kittens eat raw chicken?

3: Lean muscle

Pure animal meat enriched with minerals, taurine, and other amino acids. As I had introduced this to my cat it proved a delight, healthy and nutritious filled part of raw chicken. It is every cat’s demand.

Is raw chicken good for kittens?

As I have mentioned above that you can feed raw chicken to your furball but here are some precautionary measures you must keep. As they can cause some serious threats.


Anything in raw form exposed to an open environment can be a play area for germs and bacteria. Specifically, in the case of meat.

Here I give you a bonus point…

Bacteria can only stick to the outermost layer of meat so you can wash and serve it to your cat without any hesitation.

Minced Chicken Meat

The first thing to follow is that it’s not safe for your kitten.

Hey but stop here let’s have look at the science behind it.

In the process of grinding the bacterium from the outermost layer can easily access each ounce of meat. And as we all know that minced chicken remains on the shelves of stores for days. So, the more days it gets the more bacterium it attracts.


If the chicken is not properly cleaned kittens can swallow small bits of bones. These can cause internal organ damage to your cat and therefore can be proved as fatal objects.

Can I feed chicken’s liver to my kitten?

You can give small chunks of the liver to your furball but be attentive always as a large amount of this can cause vitamin toxicity.

This toxicity can make your pet’s bones deformed. This can also lead to osteoporosis and abrupt death.

Should I feed a raw chicken neck?

This is filled with nutrients like calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium. If you want to feed this, it will be completely ok.

But, please observe your kitten’s likes and dislike.

What to do if my cat eats raw chicken by accident?

Don’t get out of control if your kitten does this. Monitor the movement and doings of your cat after it eats chicken.

If you observe any kind of unconsciousness or irregular movement make a call to your nearby vet.

Can I serve cooked chicken to my kitten?

The apt answer to this is …. yes.

But don’t feed large chunks or in large quantities. Make sure the cooked chicken is plain and free from any kind of seasonings and spices.

Because these can alter your kitten’s digestive system. Always give it as a treat.

It means the raw chicken is healthy for me but have some drawback as well

Which diet can be more appropriate than raw chicken?

The information I am providing this only for the purpose of giving advice. It all depends on your kitten’s specific needs.

Prior importance always must be high-quality commercial kitten food that is apt for their health status. Read the label carefully and comply with some specific authoritative food-management agency.


Always introduce wet food first and then make your cat eat dry food. Never ever feed dog food to your feline because they are deficient in taurine.

Many other pet foods linked directly to sulfite preservatives include thiamine deficiency which can be fatal.

Serve some moist food to your kitty, for example, wet can food.

Other foods which should also be served

1: Fish

Cats are always sought to get fish in any way possible.

 Am I right?

You can without hesitation serve fish to your kitty. Tinned fish in spring water like salmon and tuna are much appreciated by cats.

But kindly don’t make it much as we know  ‘’EXCESS OF EVERYTHING IS BAD’’

On the other hand, It is not a complete diet for a kitten.

2: Vegies and grass

Finely cut vegetables are somehow good for fulfilling nutritional purposes. But remember your feline is a ‘carnivore’ not a ‘herbivore’ so give it by keeping in view this fact.

You may also see some cats eating grass and think:

‘’Is this cat insane?’’ Well, don’t think about that. The grass is often demanded by the cat’s body for nutritional purposes.

But stop Folk …. Make a reminder here. Be attentive to this that certain kinds of ‘cat grass’ can lead to high levels of vitamin D that can be further lead to poisoning, loss of appetite, weakness, urination, weight loss, increased drinking, constipation, abdominal pain, seizures, and internal bleeding.

3: Calcium supplement powder

It’s a completely big no to this (unless recommended by vets).

Toxic foods for kittens

  • Alcohol
  • Onion
  • Onion powder
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Garlic
  • Caffeine products
  • Spoiled food
  • Grapes
  • Avocado
  • Raisins
  • Yeast dough
  • Sultanas
  • Tomatoes
  • Food seeds
  • Corncobs
  • Mushrooms
  • Fatty foods
  • Cooked bones
  • Salt
  • Roughly cut vegetables


So, you may have clarity regarding can kittens eat raw chicken?

Let’s summarize It together.

No doubt, raw chicken is for sure potentially important for kittens as this is enriched with many basic required nutrients for kittens.

But it has some negative aspects too if it has large bones and is taken from unhealthy chicken. Lastly repeating, your first priority should always be your kittens’ likes and dislikes.  

Kasim Kittiban

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