Packaged cat foods contain cooked or processed chicken, yet cats in the wild eat raw meat all the time.

Supporters of raw food also argue that cooking meat can modify the vital nutrients in meat, which raises a question…

Can pet cats eat raw chicken or meat?

Yes, they can but it is not recommended because of some risks. These are:

1. Attacks of Pathogens

"Homemade raw food diets are unsafe because retail meats for human consumption can be contaminated with pathogens," Source:

2.  Risk of Serious Illness

Bacteria and parasites transferred via contaminated raw food can cause serious illnesses in cats, like Salmonella.

3. Risk of Choking

Small pieces of bones if ingestedcan cause choking of the esophagus.

4. Damage to internal organs

Bones can also damage the delicate internal organs such as the stomach and intestines.

5. Unbalanced Nutrition

Raw chicken or meat lacks essential nutrients such as Taurine which is required by cats for healthy eyesight, heart, and immunity.

It may also cause vomiting or diarrhoea or both.

6. Vomiting and Diarrhoea

Hence, Veterinarian-approved cat foods are the best for your cats.