is it okay to feed cats turkey

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)

Can cats be allergic to turkey meat? How will I know if my cat is allergic?

For cats, one of the more frequent allergens is turkey. Signs are generally mild. A more serious, or anaphylactic reaction, would be incredibly rare. Start with a very small sample for safety’s sake, and if the cat doesn’t react, you can increase the amount for further treats.

When a cat has an allergy to turkey, they may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Itchy, irritated skin
  • Hair loss from licking and biting the skin
  • Wheezing
  • Swelling of the throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Eye discharge
  • Swollen mouth or tongue

Get your cat to a vet clinic as soon as possible if they exhibit any of these symptoms after consuming turkey. The veterinarian will definitely advise against eating turkey going forward and may give medication and other treatments to relieve the most severe symptoms.

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.

FAQ

Is it OK for cats to eat turkey?

For cats and dogs, turkey is a lean meat that is a key ingredient in many pet foods. Plain, unseasoned, boneless, skinless turkey is safe for cats and dogs in small amounts. While you can give raw turkey to your pets, you increase their risk of bacterial contamination, like contracting salmonella.

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.

Is cooked turkey good for cats with kidney disease?

Proteins such as turkey and chicken are a safe choice for cats with kidney diseases. If you’re asking “is raw food good for cats with kidney disease”, we always advise talking with your holistic vet but a raw diet is the most palatable diet with benefits to help your pet thrive.