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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-14-2005, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Chicken hearts as snacks?

I saw some chicken hearts at the grocery store this morning and I remembered seeing them in raw cat food recipes. I bought a couple pounds of them as they were very inexpensive and I was wondering....

Would it be ok to give them as snacks?

Is it safe to try it raw?

How should I prepare them?

I read all the articles I could find using the "search" but I couldn't find much.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-14-2005, 07:21 PM
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Raw is fine. Warm them to room temp with a quick nuke in the microwave. Feel to check for hot spots. Feed to kitties on a hard surfaced floor so you can easily wipe up chicken blood.
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chicken heart is high in taurine.

I love chicken hearts......mmm....
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-15-2005, 03:18 AM
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Please freeze them first before giving them to your kitties, I freeze for 48 hours. I then defrost them and slap 'em on the floor with no other preparation, unless its a big heart, which I might quarter to share out between the boys. Hearts revert my boys to their former wild ancestors!
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-15-2005, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Oh good, I froze them as soon as I got home.

Does freezing them kill germs/bacteria or something?

I'm totally hoping they like them. It would be fun for me to watch my kitties tear into raw meat and it would be good for them.

I also saw chicken livers and turkey hearts.....would livers be as nutritious? I liked the chicken hearts because of the size, snack size
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Yes freezing them kills any germs/bacteria and also any parasites which may have found its way in.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-15-2005, 07:08 AM
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Chicken hearts are great snacks for a cat

Freezing won't kill any bacterias only stop bacterial growth but it will kill most parasites so that's why one might wanna freeze raw meat before feeding the cats with it.

Chicken liver is a very nutritious snack too, but high in vitamin A so you should be careful with the liver. A thumb rule about liver is that it shouldn't exceed 10% of the cats total food intake.
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Any major-label (Perdue, Tyson, etc) chicken bought in US grocery stores is frozen for shipping. So it's already been frozen before purchase.
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My babies only get the best - organic, free range, free fed meat/offal, from one source, humanely slaughtered and pre-frozen

(I love my butcher - and I'm vegan! )
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-15-2005, 07:51 PM
 
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i give my kitties raw chicken hearts, raw turkey heart, and occasionally a bit of raw beef heart, all organic. they LOVE them, this was actually the first raw food i convinced my picky boy Francis to eat... there are now several other raw meat items that he will eat. i just thaw them and plop them in the dish... i do freeze all meat before feeding it raw, esp. if it is from the supermarket.
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