Can Cats Drink Chicken Broth? Let Us Find Out


by Cindy Smith


It’s not uncommon for cats to want to eat human food, but can cats drink chicken broth? That is a common question many cat owners have, and the answer is not always clear-cut.

This guide will discuss whether or not cats can safely drink chicken broth, its potential benefits, and risks, and how to ensure your feline friend has a safe and enjoyable experience if you give them chicken broth.

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Can Cats Have Chicken Broth?

Always Remove the Bones

Chicken bones.

Chicken bones.

You want to feed your cat bone-free chicken broth. For your information, cooked bones are very delicate. Therefore, when your cat chews them, they break down into pieces with sharp edges.

As a result, the bones can choke the cat and cause an obstruction or laceration in the digestive gut. That can be life-threatening for your furry friend.

Never Use Store-Bought Broth

Ensure to cook the chicken broth at home so you can control what ingredients to use – water and bones only.

Of course, store-bought broth tends to have a high amount of salt, which can compromise electrolyte levels in the body.

A buildup of salt in a cat’s body results in dehydration, weakening your kitty and, in some cases, becoming fatal.

In addition, purchased chicken broth has cat-unfriendly additives, including garlic and onions, which might damage your kitty’s red blood cells and cause anemia. Finally, most store-bought options contain lead, which can be detrimental to your cat’s health, even in small amounts.

Never Feed Cats Hot Chicken Broth

Chicken broth.

Chicken broth.

Let the chicken broth cool first before giving it to your cat. Otherwise, hot broth can burn the insides of your kitty’s mouth, causing severe issues.

So, even if your feline is hungry, hide the broth away from it until it’s cool enough for consumption.

Alternatively, if you cook large amounts of chicken broth, you can freeze the nutritious liquid in ice cubes and give your cat a cube or two when you feel like it. Then, you won’t have to worry about hot broth burning your cat’s tongue.

Don’t Give Chicken Broth to Kittens That Are Nursing on Their Mom

Kittens are feeding on mom’s milk.

Kittens are feeding on mom’s milk.

While chicken broth is safe for cats to consume, don’t give it to kittens that haven’t been weaned and are still feeding on their mom’s milk.

Of course, weaning (giving kittens other foods in addition to their mom’s milk) starts at around four weeks of age. So, until your kitten is of this age and you’ve correctly weaned it, steer clear of giving it chicken broth.

Is Chicken Broth Good for Cats?

Chicken bone broth is in a jar.

Chicken bone broth is in a jar.

Added Proteins & Amino Acids

Glycine – Glycine stimulates hydrochloric acid production, promoting healthy digestion as the acid helps break down food in the stomach. Also, glycine boosts liver and joint health, which benefits elderly cats.

Collagen – Collagen promotes the overall health of your cat; digestion, skin, fur, muscle, and joints. For your information, collagen is the main protein in cell membranes. Therefore, it’s a part of different tissues, including tendons and ligaments.

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) – CLA boosts cats’ immune systems, helping the felines combat different conditions effectively. In other words, it makes cats recover from illnesses faster.

Promotes Healthy Bones & Joints

Chicken broth has phosphorus and calcium that promotes the growth and development of healthy bones in kittens. Also, adult cats with weak bones can benefit from these nutrients.

On the same note, the chicken broth contains chondroitin and glucosamine, which help maintain strong cartilage, promoting healthier joints.

Increased Water Consumption

A cat is drinking water.

A cat is drinking water.

Chicken broth contains a lot of water and can help your feline friend stay hydrated. For your information, cats that stay hydrated have their kidneys process toxins and eliminate them faster than dehydrated kitties.

However, for this to be effective, ensure the chicken broth is salt-free. 

Provides Nutrients for Sick Cats

Sick and older cats with a loss of appetite may lack nutrients. However, chicken broth can help provide the necessary nutrients as most cats will likely drink it due to its tempting smell – it smells so good.

Also, you might want to add chicken broth to the felines’ food – whether wet or dry.

How to Cook Chicken Broth

Homemade chicken broth.

Homemade chicken broth.

  1. Fill a cooking pot with clean water.
  2. Add chicken bones – raw or cooked. Alternatively, you can use turkey or beef bones. Similarly, you can use meaty bones or boil a whole chicken.
  3. Ensure the water covers the bones.
  4. Add apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (two tablespoons per gallon of water). That way, the bones will break down further,  releasing more nutrients.
  5. Cover the cooking pot and put it on medium heat. Then, reduce the heat when the water starts to boil and let the thing simmer gently for not less than six hours.
  6. If you want, let it simmer for longer to make it more flavorful and nutritious. Next, turn off the stove when the time is up.
  7. Take a strainer and strain the liquid, removing all the bones so they don’t choke your cat.
  8. Let the broth cool down, then serve it. Alternatively, you could freeze the thing and give it to your four-legged friend whenever. The best way is to do this in ice-cube trays, then take out only as much as needed.


With careful consideration, chicken broth can be a safe and enjoyable snack for your feline companion. For more information on this, contact us today.