Chicken Liver For Cats


Chicken liver for cats

Is liver bad for cats? 

No, but it must only make up a small percentage of your cat’s diet — 5 % at most and only once or twice a week. Liver contains many nutrients which are essential to good health. However, it is also where vitamin A is stored in the body which is why it can only be fed in small amounts. Any more and you risk vitamin A toxicosis.

Another risk factor is that liver is highly palatable to cats, and they can quickly become addicted to it and start to refuse other types of food. Aside from the dangers of vitamin A toxicosis, liver is not nutritionally balanced.

Benefits of chicken liver for cats

Chicken livers contain several nutrients, which include:

  • Iron
  • Folic acid
  • Vitamins A, B, C and D
  • Copper
  • Protein

Raw or cooked chicken liver for cats? 

Cats can eat chicken liver either raw or cooked; on its own or mixed in with other meat such as beef chunks.

Cooked chicken livers:

  • Wash livers and remove any fat
  • Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the livers
  • Simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until cooked
  • Drain and place on a plate until the livers have stopped steaming
  • Transfer to a suitable container

Cooked chicken livers can be refrigerated for 3-4 days.

What about other chicken pieces?

Cats can eat chicken breast, thighs, necks. The meat can be fed raw or cooked.

Cooked chicken is highly palatable to cats, and I have used it myself to encourage a sick cat to eat.

Veterinarians often prescribe a bland diet for your cat if he is recovering from an illness, particularly relating to his gastrointestinal tract. Chicken meat is usually recommended as it is bland, easy to digest and most cats love it.

Chicken necks are great for your cat’s dental hygiene. I give my cats necks 2-3  mornings a week. Never give your cat cooked chicken bones, including necks. Cooked chicken bones become very dry and brittle and can easily splinter inside your cat’s mouth or gastrointestinal tract.

Remove uneaten meat after 20 minutes and don’t feed anything that you wouldn’t eat yourself if it’s too old for you, it’s too old for your cat.

How to cook chicken for your cat

Chicken can be boiled, steamed or cooked in the oven. Do not add seasoning or herbs. Cook the chicken whole or cut up into pieces. If it is whole, cooking times will take longer.

Boiling method:

Bring a pot of water to the boil (just enough water to cook the chicken), add chicken, reduce heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until cooked through. When feeding boiled chicken, you can add a little of the pan water to his food bowl along with the cooked chicken.

Steaming method:

Bring a pot of water to the boil, place chicken in a steamer, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until cooked.

Baking method:

Preheat oven to 180-200C, line a baking dish with baking paper, add chicken, bake for 20 minutes, or until cooked.

Once cooked, allow cooling for a few minutes.

I have given my own cats leftovers from a roast chicken, but make sure it isn’t overly seasoned and remove all bones. I don’t recommend feeding your cat fried chicken.

Can I feed other types of liver to my cat?

Yes, you can also feed beef or lamb liver to your cat, but the same rules apply. No more than 5% and only once or twice a week.


  1. I have been feeding my cat a puree of cooked chicken livers & water over her dry food daily. Now I find out too much is not good. What homemade gravy can I make that is healthy for my cat to put with her dry food on a daily basis? Thank you. Concerned Mama

    • I have been trying this for a few months- I make some bone both out of a whole chicken and whatever is available at our meat market chicken backs and feet hopefully. Anyway I just cook chicken, pick clean bones and add bones and water to crockpot and let go on lo for a day. Strain and refridge and it is some great potent gelatin broth base to make your gravy. I am feeding 10 cats so this helps me affordable boost nutrition and fluid intake. I feed more of a soup than gravy but whatever works for the kitties.

  2. My cat is addicted to chicken liver and won’t eat anything else. If I refuse to give him the liver he would sit in the kitchen and yell for liver (which is his favorite)
    He’s only satisfied when he gets it
    And he’s eating alot of it too
    What should I do?


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