Can chicken bones hurt cats if they ate them?

United States
May 27, 2010 2:31pm CST
I have always thought cats could eat chicken boens with no trouble. Now I am hearing from a cat lover a cat can choke on a chicken bone! Is this true or not? I would like to know!
9 responses
4 Jun 10
I think although choking on a chicken bone is an issue (obviously lol) its the fact that the bone could splinter and puncture your cats stomach or other organs that is the main problem. This wouldnt be very nice for your kitty and could end up costing you lots at the vets which you really dont want! I have never given my cats bones though I'm sure I have read in various places of people who do give their kittys bones to chew on and have never had any problems. The main reason for chewing on bones is for dental hygenine and if your worried about this at all then make sure your cat is eating a fair amount of crunchy dry food or if your cat prefers wet food try whiskers dentabites, temptations or other crunchy treats which dont cost alot of money.
• United States
8 Jun 10
I don't own a cat. The cats I am talking about are barn cats at the stable were I work at. They are fed dry food every day. On the weekends I give them a small can of wet food on both days. Once in awhile I give them left over food from the kitchen I work at. I only feed them food they like and won't harm them. I always thought chicken bones don't hurt cats. I was wrong and I will never feed chicken,with bones,to cats ever!
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
30 May 10
raw bones aren't as bad as cooked chicken, but still, not the best for them
• United States
2 Jun 10
I did not know that! I will avoid feeding cats chicken that is on the bone no matter if it is cooked or not! I'll just feed the cats boneless chicken!
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@crazydaisy (3899)
• Canada
27 May 10
Your friend is right about that the bones are no good for the cat they can really get really sick or even choke on them and die, cd
• United States
2 Jun 10
That is what I keep hearing! I defintely won't be giving any cats chicken with the bones anytime soon!
@kedralynn (992)
• United States
27 May 10
Chicken bones are brittle so they shatter easily. They can even splinter inside the animal's stomach damaging organs. That's why it's not recommended to give them to cats or dogs.
• United States
2 Jun 10
I knew chicken bones were bad for dogs not for cats until now! I didn't realize the bones can shatter and splinter the inside of a cat when eaten! I just learnt something!
@May2k8 (6770)
• Indonesia
27 May 10
Usually that often cause problems are the bone head of a chicken or fish spines are fairly large compared with the throat hole cat. Cats must try always to be able to remove a foreign object stuck in their throat, but its definitely useless. In this condition the cat would not eat and drink. If undetected or left of course will cause infection.
• United States
2 Jun 10
I knew fish bones were dangerous to cats. Now I know chicken bones are bad for cats! Just the bones not the chicken!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 May 10
I have always heard that they are dangerous to dogs. I'd imagine they could be dangerous to cats too.
• United States
2 Jun 10
Yes I know chicken bones can hurt dogs. I always thought and had been told they don't hurt cats! Now I hear they do and it does happen!
@savypat (20246)
• United States
27 May 10
Cats can eat bones of the small animals they hunt, but chicken bones are dangerous for them, they splinter can can tear their insides.
• United States
2 Jun 10
Cats can eat bones of a mouse or bird but not of a chicken? I didn't know they can splinter and tear the insides of a cat! I always believed and was told these bones don't hurt cats! I was told wrong!
@mspitot (3833)
• Philippines
29 May 10
they are not safe for your cats. what i do, i give them bones, even chicken bones that are very big that will surely not fit to their mouth to make sure that they will not swallow them.
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 May 10
It is not recommended to feed any animal a bone of any kind. While chocking may not be an issue, tearing and cutting are always concerns. When bones break, they often have sharp ends that can break off and tear the lining of any number of orgens on its way down. So, if you're unsure about a particular food, or thing don't allow them to have it.