You know just how effective chicken broth is when you catch the sniffles during the cold season. Chicken broth (or any kind of broth that comes from simmering poultry) has a lot of health benefits for humans, even when it’s not cold and flu season. But have you ever wondered if the same is true for your sick cat? What about canned chicken broth? Can I add chicken broth to dry cat food or is it good for cats with kidney disease? If you’re wondering about these questions, read on!
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When Should I Feed My Cat Chicken Broth?
Here’s the lowdown: you can feed your cat the occasional chicken broth (and they will be in for a treat when you do) so long as it does not contain anything else. This means that commercial chicken broth is out of the question, as it usually contains onions, garlic, sodium, and other ingredients that can be toxic for your cats. Ready-made chicken broth can be really salty, and since cats are not big drinkers, feeding them salty food can disrupt the electrolyte balance in their body. This can be dangerous for cats with kidney disease, so you can give your cat pure chicken broth or some low sodium chicken broth.
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Benefits Of Chicken Broth For My Cat
Glycine is the amino acid used by the liver to clear toxins from the body. Your cat can get a lot of glycine from chicken broth and it will enable your cat’s liver to flush itself fully.
The collagen and gelatin that come from chicken broth helps strengthen the lining of your cat’s intestines. This way, the bacteria from undigested food will not find its way into their bloodstream. These will also repair leaky gut and aid digestion naturally.
Your cat’s immunity can be boosted with the bone marrow content from chicken broth. A stronger immune system means that your cat will be able to battle illnesses better.
A lot of minerals come from chicken broth because it comes from simmered chicken bones. Magnesium and glucosamine in particular helps strengthen joints and are also easily absorbed by the body. Older cats with arthritis and those which are prone to bone fractures and sprains will benefit greatly from eating chicken broth.
Chicken broth is also rich in calcium and phosphorus, which have great benefits for your cat’s bones and teeth. Your cat’s energy levels will also be boosted with these minerals.
Chicken broth can help cats that are food sensitive to be able to eat more and absorb more nutrients. Not only is it tasty, it’s also easy to digest and can provide your cat with a whole lot of nutrients that chicken broth can provide.
- Thicker and healthier fur
- Smoother skin
- Better vision
- Prevents allergies
- Helps with weight loss
- Less likelihood of getting UTI and kidney stones (as long as it remains low in sodium or totally sodium free)
How To Prepare Chicken Broth For Your Cat
- Fill a pot with clean water. The amount of water depends on just how much broth that you want to make. You can opt to make it in a huge batch and then freeze it for later, but you can also make it fresh and give it to your cat immediately.
- It’s ideal to get an organic chicken meat to make your broth with. It’s going to be healthier than the alternative. Rinse the chicken, put it into the pot and turn on the heat.
- Don’t forget to add vinegar to your stockpot. The acetic acid from the vinegar will help leech the minerals from the bones into the water. For each gallon of water, add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
- You can add some vegetables and herbs for seasoning and taste.
- Put it on a very low simmer until the meat falls off the bone. Remove the meat and vegetables. Let the bones simmer for another 24 hours.
- Remember to keep the heat on very low so that you won’t run the risk of having any accidents in the kitchen, especially since the stove will be on for a long while.
- Once the cooking time us up, skim off the fat that has gathered on the top of the water. Then remove all the bone fragments in the broth. Some of the bones would have disintegrated, but that’s okay. That only adds to the minerals and nutrients that your cat will be fed with.
- You can feed it to your cat in different ways: adding chicken broth to dry cat food, adding it to canned wet food like sauce, freezing it and giving it to your cat as a popsicle treat that your cat will really enjoy.
Things To Take Note Of:
There are some bone broth recipes that require ingredients like onions, garlic, and/or chives. There might also be some herbs recommended that you add to make it even tastier for humans who are going to eat it, but that’s not going to be helpful for your cat. For one, these herbs and spices may actually be harmful to your cat instead of helpful.
Also, you’re going to need the bones when you’re simmering the broth for about 24 hours, but you should take every last solid bit of it out before you feed it to your cat. Your cat should only be fed the liquid part of the broth and that’s all. If you want a serving of the broth of your own with all the herbs and vegetables and spices and all that stuff, you’re going to have to set apart the portion for your cat so as not to give them the other ingredients that they shouldn’t be eating.