chicken neck to adult cat?

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Natural diet of cats includes bones and intestines. None is found in commercial food.
Is it raw chicken neck safe, as one neck every three days or so?
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I believe it’s pretty safe, I’ve fed raw necks and wings to my adult kitty, although she used to be outdoor and was used to eating bones. Cooked bones can be dangerous because they splinter.

I believe that many canned foods contain some bone, so I don’t think that they are deficient in nutrients. A complete and balanced food should be sufficient. I’ve heard there are benefits to feeding raw necks, especially to help fight tartar on teeth.
 

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Raw bones are fine to give as treats or dental health purposes. One neck every few days is fine.

Some canned foods and many commercial raw pet foods contain bone. The bone is ground up very finely so you might not see it in canned food.
 
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There is some tartar issues indeed- this is why I reckon chicken necks may help (cat does not eat special formula dry food).

I can only find 1 kg (2 lb) bags - far to much for my 3 kg cat who is on combined commercial wet-dry food.

Would be ok to freeze the necks?
 

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Yes it is fine to freeze the necks. I suggest wrapping each neck individually in plastic wrap or foil so it's easy to take one out as needed.
 

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That's what I do: buy the bag, thaw it, separate it into enough for one meal or one day's meal, and put it back in the freezer. The supermarket or generic brands of ziplocks aren't too pricey. I just toss the bags after one use for meat, because I'm not experienced with food safety issues around handling meat, but you might be able to wash them out and reuse them.

I use EZ Complete but I don't supplement chicken necks because she gets her calcium from the bone.
 
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Thank you! I am going to buy some bags and pack the necks.

Unbelievably, here the necks must be ordered to the shops three days in advance. They cost near zero but they must be ordered!
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There is some tartar issues indeed- this is why I reckon chicken necks may help (cat does not eat special formula dry food).

I can only find 1 kg (2 lb) bags - far to much for my 3 kg cat who is on combined commercial wet-dry food.

Would be ok to freeze the necks?
Where do you find them? I checked a bunch of grocery stores and they don't have them anywhere.
 
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Very small ones. I talked to the seller. But is true that they dont have them all the time.
An alternative is turkey necks (to big for my cat, but my cat is very small).
 

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Where do you find them? I checked a bunch of grocery stores and they don't have them anywhere.
You would have better luck asking a butcher to order them for you. If you have a raw pet food store close by they also usually sell them.

Another (and in my opinion safer) option to start off with are wing tips.

I don't know if I would use turkey necks, they are quite large.
 
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It depends on the turkey :flail:

And on the cat. :p
 

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Necks are almost entirely bone fwiw and they can easily cause constipation or pukes as cats don't need a lot of bone content and wouldn't be used to so much of it at once. Feed sparingly or with some extra boneless chunks. You can really use any chunked meat or bone if teeth cleaning is your goal, you just want them to be larger pieces so the cat really has to work at chewing. Sometimes I'll just leave some meat on a steak or chop bone far too large for them to eat and let them work at it until it's clean.
 
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Then in fact, the larger, the better?
I mean, if bones are only to clean teeth (my case), there is no need to swallow them.
 

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My Chihuahuas love turkey necks! It's a lot of bone, though, so I haven't given them to Willow yet. The co-op had chicken feet this time. Would that be okay for a teenager instead of a neck? I'm not completely out of necks yet and we have plenty of EZComplete left and a decent stash of eggshell powder.
 
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Chicken feet have a specific fish scale-like skin, I do not know whether that is acceptable for cats.
 

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I duck duck went and all I could come up with is that they are marketed for cats and a tutorial on preparing them:


I'm probably too squeamish to try that this week, since I still have a few necks for her and a good half a bag of EZComplete left. I'll report back if she likes them, but Willow is a very strange cat. <3
 
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