Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: northern Minnesota
Re: Whole Chicken - Enough Organs or not?
A whole chicken isn't going to provide enough organ meats because the only two "parts" of a chicken that are considered organs in terms of raw feeding are the liver and kidneys ... and chicken kidneys are tiny. Chicken hearts are a great source of taurine for cats, so definitely feed them if you can get them, but remember that hearts are considered muscle meat in terms of raw feeding, not organ. Gizzards, also, are considered muscle, not organ. If you're feeding whole chicken, you'll have to buy supplemental secreting organ meats (kidney, spleen, pancreas, testicle, brain) and probably more liver, as well. Also, most cats can't or won't eat most of the larger chicken bones. They should be able to handle wing tips and necks, but the other larger bones may need to be ground for most cats.
It's definitely a good idea to include as many different types of meat and organs as possible. Different meats have different nutritional makeups, so feeding a variety is the best way to make sure your cats are eating a nutritionally complete diet. Also, you don't want to get your cats addicted to a single meat source so that they won't even try others. Variety is the key to avoiding fussy, finicky eaters. My cats eat chicken, turkey, venison, beef, pork, game birds, and even bison. If I can find a source for mutton or lamb, that'll be included, too.