Cooking chicken for sugar kitties?

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  1. shelaghc

    shelaghc Well-Known Member

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    Because of Jester's obsession with medium carb foods, I thought I'd give a try with some real chicken for him occasionally.

    I've seen some websites with instructions for cooking chicken for cats, but wanted to check in with folks here first.

    FTR - I'm vegetarian so most omnivore items aren't in my pantry. All my broths are home-made and vegetable-based, which currently includes the forbidden onion.

    I picked up a small, low-priced package of skinless boneless chicken breasts from Aldi's today (that was a *very* weird feeling....) to experiment with.

    Thoughts? Recipes?
     
  2. Squeaky and KT (GA)

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    I cut my breasts in 1" slices (I know - YUCK!) then just slow boil mine in plain water until they just turn fully white. Remove onto plate and let cool. Cut or pull into chunks with forks. I use the water for their food or just let them drink it. When cool, store in fridge.
     
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  3. Chris & China

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    you can throw them on a baking sheet, bake for about 15 minutes @ 350, let them cool and then cut or tear them up into bite sized pieces.....put most in the freezer and leave some in the fridge.

    Take out of freezer as needed
     
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  4. shelaghc

    shelaghc Well-Known Member

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    Thanks @Squeaky and KT (GA) and @Chris & China
    Maybe I'll try both ways and see which Jester likes.

    Hoping this helps a bit. Getting Jester to eat even a quarter can of low-carb food can take over half an hour. He'll happily munch on medium-carb food and go through half to three quarters of a can in just fifteen to twenty minutes.

    If I can get him to eat anything else low carb with the same enthusiasm as the medium carb stuff, it'll be worth the extra effort.
     
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  6. shelaghc

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    I use a very small amount of olive oil on the pan. I have not used butter.
     
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    shelaghc Well-Known Member

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    Is butter not healthy for diabetic cats?
     
  9. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea. Never researched it. Maybe try Googling it and see what you find.
     
  10. shelaghc

    shelaghc Well-Known Member

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    Reviving this thread for a question. I did a quick down and dirty microwave cooking (boiling in water) of one chicken breast just to see if Jester would consider eating it at all.
    He'd already eaten nearly two cans of cat food (his favorite medium carb - pretty much the only reliable thing I can get him to eat) and I knew he'd be getting the "kickback" (my word) from his insulin dosage. More carby stuff and his BG would go up.

    When he came to the kitchen for a munchie, I already had the chicken all cooked and cut up into bite-sized pieces. He ate nearly half of what I'd cooked. I kept adding more to the bowl and he kept eating it for quite a while. Then he stared up at me with his love eyes and wouldn't touch anything more. (However, he *is* sitting outside the kitchen waiting for me to come back and feed him again.)

    For the record, there's no telling if he'll ever eat any more of this. He's done such things before - enthusiastically eat something good for him, then reject it for no good reason, never to so much as sniff at it again.

    But I am wondering, in case he decides he *does* like this newfound food source, and since he did eat a lot of canned food with all the other kinds of stuff he needs, how much is too much of plain unprocessed chicken with no other nutrients - just in case he does eat more?
     
  11. krazy4kritters

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    Did you check on catinfo.com? You may be able to get away with letting him have more if you give chicken thighs and only bake about 20% through; basically just to kill bacteria. Dr. Lisa goes through that in the making cat food section of the web page. You may find more info about nutritional value of just chicken.
     
  12. shelaghc

    shelaghc Well-Known Member

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    I'm not trying to make cat food. Just something for a treat for Jester - a little something to supplement what he normally eats that's lower in carbs than the stuff he prefers to eat.
     
  13. tiffmaxee

    tiffmaxee Well-Known Member

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    Chicken is fine for a treat. I bake chicken thighs plain in a toaster oven on foil. Bake no keeps more of tge nutrients than boiling according to Dr. Pierson and Dr,Becker. If your kitty really likes it you could add food Fur life and it will contain everything he needs or else just use as treats.
     
  14. PussCatPrince - GA

    PussCatPrince - GA Well-Known Member

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    From what I have read foods that are not a complete nutrition for cats should not make up more that 15%/20% of the total diet.
     
  15. Veronica & Babu-chiri

    Veronica & Babu-chiri Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to Dr Lissa I found out the best way of cooking the chicken is baking it in the oven, and that's the way my kittys liked it best (and my dog too) I just take the pice of chicken place it in the oven resistant plate cover it with the plate's lid or with foil if it doesn't have a lid (don't leave it uncovered because it will get too dry) and put it in the oven for 25 minutes or more depending on how well cooked you want it.

    Check Dr Lissa's recepy at catinfo.org
     
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