is cooked turkey good for cats

Yes, cats can eat turkey. Cats are obligate carnivores which means meat is an essential part of their diet. Turkey meat that’s been simply cooked is a delicious treat for cats and, as long as it’s not offered to them too much or in large quantities, it’s normally a safe option for our pets.

Health benefits of turkey for cats

Turkey contains many nutrients that support a cat’s health. Let’s examine these advantageous nutrients and how they can support your cat’s long-term happiness and health.

It’s common knowledge that protein helps cats feel fuller for longer periods of time and hastens their between-meal hunger. It also helps to maintain and grow muscle and other tissues. It can be a useful tool for cutting back on fatty, high-calorie treats when trying to lose weight or keep it off.

Turkey’s low fat, sodium, and sugar content lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The virtually nonexistent carbohydrate content and low cholesterol in white meat of turkey also help to lower this risk.

When consumed in moderation as a treat, turkey can also take the place of more caloric foods that raise the risk of obesity, which is a significant risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. Furthermore, turkey is a good source of taurine, an amino acid that cats cannot produce on their own and that, if taken in sufficient amounts, can prevent cardiomyopathy.

The following nutrients can be found in a 20-gram portion of boiled, roasted without seasoning, or broiled without fat:

  • Protein: 6 grams
  • Calcium: 3 mg (milligrams)
  • Iron: 0.16 mg
  • Magnesium: 8 mg
  • Phosphorus: 59 mg
  • Potassium: 62 mg
  • Sodium: 117 mg
  • Selenium (Vit E): 7.5 ug
  • Vitamins B3, B6, B12 (various)
  • Taurine (in organs and dark meat)

Is it okay to give my cat pieces of our Thanksgiving turkey from the dinner table?

A tasty treat for your furry friend is roasted turkey, ideally from the breast and without any skin or seasoning. Meat that has come into contact with gravy or stuffing shouldn’t be served because it may contain salt, butter, garlic, onions, and other ingredients. After being boiled or roasted, organ meats can be given when finely chopped and used as a topping for their usual diet.

Is Turkey Good for Cats?

Yes, turkey has many nutritional benefits for cats. It is high in B vitamins, selenium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, sodium, and potassium and low in calories and fat. It lacks fiber, though, which cats require to pass regular stools.

While dark turkey meat is higher in calories, fat, and cholesterol than white meat, it also has more iron and B vitamins. Dark meat typically has a higher nutritional density, but it comes with a higher calorie cost.

Tryptophan, an amino acid known to induce sleep, is also present in turkey. Perhaps you’re wondering if this also applies to cats. Certain animals do appear to react to tryptophan in food in a similar way.

But, any “people turkey” that cats are given should only be small portions—no more than the size of your top thumb joint. It is extremely unlikely that the tryptophan in this much turkey will induce sleep in a cat. It’s possible that your cat is simply enjoying a nice nap after eating and then having a small turkey snack.


How much turkey can a cat eat?

Our recommendation is two to three pieces the size of your thumbnail offered once or twice a week as a treat. Treats should comprise 10% or less of your cat’s total food intake of calories. Of course, if turkey is one of the main ingredients of your cat’s diet, they will eat a lot more than this.

Which is better for cats chicken or turkey?

While both types of meat are undeniably good for your cat, chicken is a tad closer to being the perfect food (it’s also more affordable than turkey, which is a bonus). Turkey can make for a healthy snack and a lovely Christmas dinner, but when it comes to day-to-day meals, chicken is the more sensible option.

Why do cats like turkey so much?

Cats are meat eaters, so it’s meeting his need for meat. Turkey also makes us sleepy because of a natural chemical in it that causes this. Maybe it comforts him by calming him, too. I give my cats a bit of fresh tuna, turkey, chicken when I make them.

Can I give my cat Thanksgiving turkey?

Turkey breast is safe (but skin and bones are not). A small amount of unseasoned white meat such as turkey breast is a great treat for both dogs and cats, but ensure you steer clear of turkey skin and bones. Turkey skin is very high in fat, which can cause life-threatening pancreatitis in both dogs and cats.