Originally Posted by catlady2010
It wasn't really my first time introducing them to bones yesterday. The night before I wanted to see if they would eat the bones from a drumstick and they did eat quite a bit but they also had bowel movements after that. Then the night after that I gave them each half a chicken wing and they ate all of it. I'm wondering if it has anything to do with that?
This is WAY too much bone. The ratio you're shooting for, fed over time, is 80-85% meat, 5-10% bone, and 10% organ (half of which must be liver). 5-10% bone is VERY little, really. Chicken wings (with skin on) are 46% bone; drumsticks (with skin) are 33% bone! That means that if you feed bone-in chicken for a meal, you then need to follow that up with at least 2-4 BONELESS meals to make up for the amount of bone you just fed. Additionally, chicken bone is really on the big side for cats. This is one reason why I prefer quail or cornish game hen--it's still the same % of bone to meat, approximately, but at least the bone is smaller and more species-appropriate.
While there is no reason to restrict yourself to MEAT that comes from an animal a cat could not bring down out in the real world, IMO there are a lot of good reasons to restrict yourself to BONE that comes from animals a cat could conceivably kill on his/her own. Quail is the size of a bird a cat could kill--cornish game hen is on the upper end of that range. Most cats would get the tar beat out of them by a chicken.
So I recommend considering switching to smaller-boned bone-in meat and, whether you do that or not, NEVER feed 2 bone-in meals in a row and try to separate them by several meals. I.e.:
Day 1-- AM: 1/2 quail PM: venison and a little liver
Day 2 --AM: venison PM: boneless pork and a little kidney
Day 3:--AM: beef heart PM: 1/2 quail and a little liver
And so on. Hope that helps!