Feeding Raw Chicken Necks

I’ve shared in previous posts that Cornelius would refuse to eat any chunks of muscle meat. He would only eat the ground food and if there was a small chunk of muscle meat he would not touch it and leave it left on his plate. So sometimes when he was very hungry I would give him the chunks first and with much protest he would finally eat them before I gave him the ground food.

raw chicken necks

From time to time I would offer Cornelius small parts of bone when he was most hungry but he refused to even touch it.

So when I brought Elizabeth, the new kitten, home and saw how passionate she was about eating anything, I knew this was my ticket for Cornelius.

I cut a chicken neck in half and put it on the floor and they both checked it out then Elizabeth immediately started chewing on it. Cornelius still wasn’t so sure. But after 3 minutes of watching her eat he decided to try and he ended up finishing his half before she did. It took them a solid 8-10 minutes to finish. Cornelius finished about 1 minute before Elizabeth even with her head start.

It’s amazing how how a kitten acting on its internal instincts¬† can influence an adult cat. I’m very grateful.

Chewing on bone is beneficial for their teeth. I am trying to give them a chicken neck a couple times a week for their dental teeth.

raw chicken necks for cats

My supermarket always carries chicken necks. 500 grams for about $3.00 its a great deal.

The ground food I feed, they will neatly eat from their dishes and requires no extra clean up. This is messier and requires me to clean the floor afterwards. But a couple times a week in a controlled area is easy to manage.

Do you give your cats bone to chew on? Please leave your experiences in the comments below.

 *Please note that a diet of solely chicken necks is not balanced. I give them chicken necks in addition to a complete balanced diet. Never give your cats cooked bones. Cooked bones are very dangerous.

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10 Comments

  1. pilch92
    August 10, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    I am afraid that they would choke. I realize when cats are outside they can chew on mice and birds, but I keep mine in and I am very over protective.

  2. August 10, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    I understand completely, I was really nervous at first too. That’s why I give only small soft bones. They did great taking their time to chew it properly.

  3. The Swiss Cats
    August 10, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    Mum should try ! We don’t like chicken in canned food (we prefer meat or fish flavor for cans), but we love to hunt AND eat birds : raw chicken neck could be tasty ! Purrs

  4. August 11, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    Hannah wouldn’t be able to eat the bones as she has no teeth due to her bad start in life.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  5. August 11, 2015 / 11:00 pm

    Weez fixin’ to stawrt eatin’ raw, we just don’t know it yet. MOL Altho’ weez chanigin’ over mommy has always been a little fwaid of da chicken neck fing, so fanks fur da video.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  6. yana
    May 26, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Need advice. I want to try giving my cats raw chicken necks. But worried about bones. So how should they be served? Should they be smashed or whole? And also I’ve read that raw should be previously frozen for two days, so what is a proper way of defrosting?

    • May 28, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      I buy my chicken necks already frozen from a good supplier. I let them defrost in the fridge, usually takes around 3/4 of a day to defrost. I cut the chicken neck in half and give each half to my cats. They chew and eat it all in under 5 minutes. Even as a kitten (6 months) Elizabeth had no problem chewing the bone. If it’s your first time you could smash it with a hammer. Please let me know how it goes with your cats!

      • yana
        May 30, 2016 / 10:17 am

        My oldest, eight year old got very excited and had no problem with it:) And my two and one year olds were a little more hesitant, but finished theirs too. Although one of my boys refuses to eat raw. Couple of my furbabies did threw up few pieces of a bone next morning. I might try this some time again with more finely smashed pieces and see how that goes. Thanks for advice.

  7. Elizabeth Mitro
    October 18, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Are you in Vegas? I can’t find chicken necks anywhere for my Bangles. Please help. I want to feed raw but don’t know what else to do since I cant find a dealer in Vegas for felines.

    • October 19, 2016 / 2:49 pm

      Sorry I’m not in Vegas. Have you tried going to a butcher and asking them directly?

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