Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: indoors most of the time
raw chicken gizzards
i did a lot of nutrition research and finally got a recipe for homemade cat food that includes raw chicken hearts and livers even when the remaining meat is lightly cooked, with bone meal, nutritional yeast and lots of vitamins added in (plus salmon oil and vitamin E).
the liver was kind of a bust, they wouldn't eat the food with it in there, so i had to resort to adding vitamin A and D, but the rest of it was fine. the only thing i've run into is that all i could find at king soopers was foster farms hearts and gizzards. it's not organic i don't think, but they don't put a lot of additives, etc. in it so it's probably the best i can do at the grocery store.
the first time i picked out all the gizzards because i didn't think the cats would go for the gristle. tonight i picked out some hearts and chopped them up a little and gave them to my cats raw. two loved them, one was like, "i think not."
then i was reading on feline-nutrition.org that gizzards are high in taurine, and somewhere else that if your cats will eat gizzards, then give them hearts and liver. my question is: how do you cut all that gristle off? i tried with a knife, ending up taking my gloves off so i wouldn't cut the end of one of my fingers off, and resorted to cutting the gizzards up with my scissors. i'm sure i ruined them but i didn't know what else to use.
i just wondered if anyone else feeds their cats raw gizzards and how they deal with the gristle issue.