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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-18-2009, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Which and at what age do I start feeding my cat whole bones?

My cat is now 13 weeks and probably to young to consume bones in whole. I now use a butcher knife to cut up chicken wing bones to tiny pieces he can just swallow. Should I be doing this?

Eating bones is not just for the minerals he gets out of digesting them but also for his teeth when eating them right? At what age should I start feeding him the bones in whole and what?

Here's a list of meat products with bone I can buy at my supermarket:
Whole chicken wings
chicken middle wings
chicken drumsticks
chicken ribcase
chicken feet
pork spareribs

Could someone please comment on these kind of bones if I can feed them to my cat and at what age to start with them?
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Re: Which and at what age do I start feeding my cat whole bones?

Cutting up bones is dangerous IMO, and unnecessary. My kitten, Jonah, has been eating whole mice since 4 weeks and cornish game hen bone since 8 weeks.

I personally think that most chicken bones are way too big for cats. CAN they chew them some if they have to? Yes. But it's big bone for animals set up to deal with mouse, rat and songbird bone. C. game hen (really just small chickens) have thinner bones -- offer breast/rib and smash it a bit if you want but don't cut it up. He knows what size will go down. Just trust him to do it!
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Re: Which and at what age do I start feeding my cat whole bones?

Allright but I can't get mice, rats, game hen or songbirds here so what do I feed him?!
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Re: Which and at what age do I start feeding my cat whole bones?

Iíve never heard of bones becoming dangerous to a cat simply because they were pre-cracked. In fact, whacking bones is highly recommended as a good way to help a cat get started on bone-in meals. *shrug*

Paul, chicken bones are fine to feed. In fact, the vast majority of raw-fed cats are fed chicken bones; some even eat turkey necks and wings. To get your cat started on bone, you do want to start with the smallest, easiest bones you can find. Cornish hen bones (as Hoofmaiden mentioned) are good starter bones, as are chicken ribs and wing-tips.

Once your cat is good with those, you can move her up to the rest of the wing, as well as chicken necks and backs.

I wouldnít give a cat a chicken drumstick with the expectation that she could crack that bone. There are cats out there that can and do, but I think they may be exceptions rather than the rule. Same goes for pork bones and chicken feet.

Hope that helps you!
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Re: Which and at what age do I start feeding my cat whole bones?

Allright

He does look awfully healthy! His fur looks great, his breath doesn't smell, never complaining and what he leaves behind in the litter tray is so much less and smells alot better then what my "wiskas cats" used to leave behind!

I'm just going to continue feeding him chopped middle wings and tips and ribcases... Untill I find some small poultry!
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...His fur looks great, his breath doesn't smell, never complaining and what he leaves behind in the litter tray is so much less and smells alot better then what my "wiskas cats" used to leave behind!...
You've just defined a raw-fed cat!

I actually kinda miss the tuna breath. But I guess I'm just weird like that.
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Allright but I can't get mice, rats, game hen or songbirds here so what do I feed him?!
Well, I wouldn't recommend songbirds!! Where do you live? Most of us order mice online and practically all grocery stores carry cornish game hen.
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Iíve never heard of bones becoming dangerous to a cat simply because they were pre-cracked. In fact, whacking bones is highly recommended as a good way to help a cat get started on bone-in meals. *shrug*
Sorry -- I didn't explain fully. I'm differentiating here b/t whacking a breast so the bone inside shatters a bit (and then the cat chews off pieces) and actually CUTTING it up into what the human perceives as "bite-sized" pieces. I don't think that whacking the breast should be necessary for long (and if it is, that means you're feeding bone that is way too big), but it's certainly a fine way to get them started. I just wouldn't recommend actually cutting the breast up.
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Re: Which and at what age do I start feeding my cat whole bones?

I'm dutch but I live in Thailand and I don't know about online mice stores nor would I be able to read their websites!

I bought him a chicken carcass yesterday, he can't eat the neck but he does eat the ribcase. I give him a piece of the ribcase every morning and the rest of the day I smash chicken wing bones into tiny little pieces he just has to swallow, mixed with beef, liver, heart and gizzard.
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Re: Which and at what age do I start feeding my cat whole bones?

My kitten Sabre was eating cornish game hen bones at 10 weeks old. He is now 5 1/2 months and can sort of handle whole chicken bones, but I don't try them often. I mostly feed him cornish game hen for bone content. Ribs from a cornish game hen should be no problem for your kitten, it's at least worth a try. And if it's needed don't cut bones up put the whole wing(or other part of the chicken) in a back and hit it with a hammer to just break up the bones a bit(with chicken meat still intact!!). The meat makes a nice protection around the bone. I never had any need to hammer bone for Sabre though, he really took right to it.


ETA: If you have to feed meat from full sized chickens, stick with bone in breast. The ribs are the easiest part for a kitten to eat. Sabre still doesn't finish off all of the bone from a wing or a drumstick so I wouldn't even bother with those for now.
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