Have you ever considered giving your cat bone broth as a treat? Most cat owners haven’t but a lot of dog owners are picking up on its benefits lately. Bone broth is an all around mineral and vitamin packed drink that can act like a nutritional supplement for cats when given regularly. Not only is it cheap to make, it has so many wonderful benefits!
What is bone broth?
Bone broth is made by simmering bones for a long period of time (usually 24 hours or more) to release all the vitamins and minerals into the water creating a light and nutritiously packed beverage. The bones are then drained out and discarded. Typically, this is eaten as a soup (usually chicken) but some people prefer just the broth as a drink. The science behind chicken soup curing a cold actually has to do with the old fashioned way of making chicken soup which included simmering the bones within the broth.
How can this benefit my cat?
The benefits of eating or drinking the broth for us humans is very similar to feeding it to your cat. Because this food is rich in minerals, it is especially good for older cats as it not only supports healthy joint tissue but keeps their immune system strong. Here are some of the best benefits bone broth can give to your cat:
Joint Health – Bone broth is abundant with glycosaminoglycans, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin. These three key nutrients help mend, repair, and keep joints healthy. Older cats will benefit from this because it lowers the risk of bone fractures, arthritis, and sprains.
Digestive Health – Gelatin is another nutrient found in bone broth that will repair leaky gut, control bacteria, coat the walls of the digestive tract, and keep things moving. This is good news for cats of all ages as it will keep the digestive tract healthy and happy without the need of having to find specific foods or vitamins for them to supplement their daily diet.
Liver Health – Glycine is known for aiding the liver to self-detox and when low in the body, it enables the liver to fully flush itself. Bone broth is loaded with glycine which will help keep your cat’s liver functioning properly to fight off the ill effects of stress, toxins, parasites, antibiotics, vaccines, and so much more.
Other benefits include…
- shinier, thicker, and healthier fur
- smooth skin (no more dry skin!)
- healthier vision and teeth
- less colds, bugs, and flues
- eases or eliminates allergies
- stronger immune system
- more energy
- aids in weight loss (for cats who are over weight)
- less likely to contract a UTI or “crystals”
Most bone broth recipes include onions, garlic, and sometimes chives. If your bone broth recipe calls for any of those ingredients, do not include them. The best bone broth for your cat will have nothing but liquid. If you plan on making it for you and your cat to enjoy, remove some of the broth before adding any kind of alium (onion species) and put it aside for your cat. You can add it in your separate batch after. Most herbs and other vegetables are fine but should be strained out before serving the broth to your cat. Also, NEVER give your cat or dog the bones. They are to be thrown away.
How much should I feed my cat?
Every cat is different. Some will love bone broth, some will like it, and some will snub it. If you want to get the benefits but your cat is not a fan, you can and a few spoons to their wet food. If you feed your cat a dry only diet (which is not healthy) adding the bone broth to the dry food will make it a better meal. If your cat enjoys it on it’s own, just let them drink a small amount of it daily or every other day. A good measurement would be 1/4 to 1/2 of a cup. Depending on the ingredients, it can have a lot of salt so the more salt there is, the more it should be limited. The bigger your cat, the more they can enjoy. Do not feed to kittens until they are 6 months old as the gelatin can cause diarrhea.
Does your cat enjoy bone broth?