Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: indoors most of the time
i cook the chicken to make cat food, and i don't add anything because i don't know what kind of herbs make it taste better to cats. two of my cats love it, and one won't go near it unless i mix it with some fishy cat food (i give him some mideast feast mixed with it) or sprinkle bonito flakes on it.
my middle cat loves it no matter what. the first time i made it, he wanted me to burn my fingers getting it off the bone lol. i just bought a family pack of thighs still attached to the drumsticks. i've heard that cats like dark meat better than white because it has more fat.
adding salt probably won't make any difference. most cat food is really bland. i know they add some salt to it but honestly, i don't think that cats' sense of taste is the same as ours.
try leaving out everything and see what happens. just steam it (or broil it--i steam it, blanche it, whatever you call it, then debone and skin it but i use all the juice left in the pot. i added gelatin before, but last time i made it, i left it out just to see. they might even like it more because it's pieces of chicken in soup, kind of.
if he still won't eat it, try some tuna juice or parmesan cheese, i guess. i have flavored some of it with lamb or ham flavored baby food, not a lot, just to change it up some. or you could try turkey. it's said that because it's stronger smelling that some cats prefer it. my cats also love bacon. i made them some bacon and egg cat food with bone meal and taurine and all the vitamins. i have to make that fresh though, i don't think it would taste the same if i froze it like the rest. i can't really tell if the cats love it because they've never had meat before (well cat food, but i've never cooked any meat for myself) (once baci begged for seitan, and then ate some of it like he was embarrassed that he thought it was meat) or if they just like it. the two older ones will eat raw chicken hearts and gizzards, houdini will have none of it.