Can cats eat chicken bones?


Quick Answer

Cats should not eat chicken bones or bones of any kind. Bones, especially chicken and turkey bones, can splinter and possibly become stuck in a cat's throat. Bones also have sharp edges that can block or pierce a cat's intestines during digestion.

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A bone may pass through the digestive system without causing any problems, but if it does get stuck, it may not be apparent for a few days. By then, surgery is often needed to correct the problem. If, after eating bones, a cat vomits, has diarrhea, refuses to eat or has a swollen abdomen, the pet owner should immediately consult a veterinarian.

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