Giving a Cat Boiled Chicken

Boiled chicken is safe for cats, so long as the cut does not contain bones.

Boiled chicken is safe for cats, so long as the cut does not contain bones.

The smell of boiled chicken may make your cat come running. Since the meat makes a healthy treat for cats, you can feel good indulging your pet. As a rule, ensure that kitty treats, including boiled chicken, make up no more than 20 percent of your furry friend's diet.


Many cats relish the smell and taste of cooked chicken. Small amounts of boiled chicken make a wonderful cat treat or meal supplement. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends feeding boiled chicken occasionally. Cats should not eat bone-in chicken, since bones can splinter and pose a danger.


Place raw chicken in a pot and add enough liquid, such as water or chicken broth, to cover. Do not include onions, garlic or other ingredients that are toxic to cats. Cook the chicken on medium-high heat until the meat's internal temperature measures 170 degrees Fahrenheit or until the chicken is no longer pink when cut. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the meat with two forks or your fingers. If you've cooked a bone-in cut, ensure no bone bits remain when you feed your kitty.

Health Benefits

Bland food, including boiled rice and boiled chicken, can soothe kitty's GI system. If your cat's got a bout of diarrhea, offer her a small bowl of boiled chicken with rice in lieu of her typical cat food. Continue this diet until the diarrhea subsides.


While it's perfectly fine to feed your cat boiled chicken, avoid feeding her at the table. Doing so can only encourage bad manners from your feline friend while you cook food, eat food or clean up. If you want to offer kitty boiled chicken from your dinner, reserve some in a small dish. Give kitty her treat after you have finished the meal and clean up, so she doesn't associate kitchen time with mealtime.

Video of the Day

Brought to you by Cuteness
Brought to you by Cuteness


About the Author

A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.

Photo Credits

  • Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images