CHICKEN LIVERS FOR CATS? My cat is very picky and has a sensitive stomach. I give her chicken livers and she loves them and they seem to be easy on her digestive system. She also gets sick when we try to change brands of cat food so for now the best way to go is with the chicken livers. I do recommend them.
I am a cat rescuer and have re-homed over 100 cats in my lifetime. I have been asked on more than one occasion if chicken contains too much protein for a cat’s sensitive digestive system. Not only is chicken high in protein but it can also be hard on some kitty’s tummy too. A food that is easy to digest and less likely to cause stomach upset or loose stools would be of benefit to your feline friend, just as it would be to you.
A few tips: Variety is the spice of life! Every cat is different so what works for one may not work for another, especially when referring to a sensitive digestive system. You try a store-bought Chicken, Liver & Giblets Dinner and your kitty has diarrhea, try a different brand. Chicken, Liver & Giblets Dinner again with the same result? Don’t give up yet because you can make your own!
Go to any grocery store and look for poultry giblets in the packaged meat section. The package will most likely state fresh chicken liver and/or other poultry giblets such as heart, kidney, or gizzard. Generally, one package will contain enough livers for at least two meals so share it with a friend so you won’t waste anything should your cat reject it. HOWEVER, if your cat does not like any of these types of food please do not force them to eat something do not want to eat because this will only lead to a much bigger problem, one that I cannot even begin to explain.
We are what we eat! Cats are carnivores which means their bodies are made up of about 60 percent water, 30 percent protein, and 10 percent fat – similar to the human body. A high-protein diet is necessary because cats cannot manufacture certain amino acids on their own or convert others as well as humans do. This means they have less ability to digest plant material than dogs do because they lack the enzymes necessary for the metabolism of vegetable matter. Protein sources help provide all of the essential amino acid requirements needed by your cat’s body at various times during its life cycle, especially early in development when minimal amounts of tissue are being created.
The best protein sources are those that have high biological value. A biological value of 100 is the maximum possible number. If a protein has a biological value of 100, all of its amino acids are absorbed into the cat’s system for use of energy and tissue creation. Eggs are one of nature’s best sources with a biological value between 90-100.
Chicken livers are often used as treats because they lack bones, which means there is little risk for tooth damage since even the largest canine tooth would break before it could cause any damage to your kitty’s teeth or gums! This makes livers easy on the kitty’s digestive system too because there is less chance for hairballs or obstructions due to fur ingested while grooming.