A small bit of liver is OK, but too much liver might induce vitamin A poisoning. This is a dangerous ailment that can cause your cat's bones to deteriorate. Deformed bones, bone growth on the elbows and spine, and osteoporosis are all symptoms. Toxic levels of vitamin A can potentially result in death. Therefore, only treat your cat if she actually eats some of her own liver.
Liver consists mainly of protein and iron. The most common dietary problem with cats is poor quality food which causes them to lose weight even though they are eating. Fatty foods are not good for cats because they contain high amounts of cholesterol. Liver contains large amounts of vitamins A and C as well as minerals such as copper, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Eating too much liver can be toxic to cats so always feed your cat only fresh meat, without additives or preservatives.
Cats should never drink water from dirty sources so ensure that any water source you provide for your cat is clean. Even better, provide your cat with his own special drinking bowl so he does not need to drink from public sources.
Cooked liver is safe to feed to cats although it is best if you avoid feeding it to an adult female with kittens since it may lead to vitamin A toxicity. If your cat starts eating too much liver or anything else wrong, then see your vet right away so something can be done before any serious damage occurs.
Native Americans, as well as adventurers, have long been aware of this hazard, yet some felt no worse after eating the liver. "The Naval Arctic Operations Handbook," a 1949 U.S. Navy survival manual, has a caution against eating polar bear liver. The organ contains high levels of vitamin A, which can be hazardous to humans. Polar bears store fat in their livers, and when they hunt marine mammals, they usually kill only one of them. When they do, they eat the whole thing. Thus, consuming polar bear livers is not dangerous for individuals but could be if they prey on humans.
People have been eating animal livers since before recorded history. In fact, liver foods are among the most popular meats consumed worldwide. There are several reasons people like liver food so much; it's high in protein with just 4% of its weight being fat. It also contains vitamins A and C as well as minerals such as iron and zinc.
Liver contains many compounds that cause it to smell when it breaks down during cooking. These include ammonia, which causes meat to smell like urine; and various sulfur-containing chemicals, which lead to it having a rotten egg odor. Ammonia and other substances are removed during processing of the liver into food products. However, even after processing there may still be some odor due to other ingredients used in cooking (such as soy sauce).
Bones and fat trimmings Cats may be at risk from both fat and bones. Fat, both cooked and raw, can produce intestinal discomfort, resulting in vomiting and diarrhea. A cat may also choke on a bone. Raw meat can cause infections if not handled properly; any exposed skin should be cleaned immediately to prevent irritation or infection.
Cats are very sensitive to acids in foods that humans usually eat in moderation. Too much acid such as that found in fruits like grapes and tomatoes, or vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, can cause kidney stones in cats. Acidic foods contain chemicals that help break down your cat's urine so it doesn't crystallize into stones. However, these same chemicals can also cause problems for the stomach and bladder. Regular ingestion of too much acidic food can lead to gastric ulcers and urinary tract diseases. It is best to avoid feeding your cat foods with high concentrations of acids.
Some cats may also develop allergies or other reactions to certain foods. This may cause your cat to have runny noses, itchy eyes, and other allergic-like symptoms. If you notice your cat acting sick or having trouble breathing, call your vet right away so he/she can determine what is causing the problem and give treatment if necessary.
Cats are carnivores which means they need protein in their diets.