Is it ok to feed my cat [5 months] one chicken liver daily?
I feed her as follows
- 1 wing
- 1 gizzard
- 1 liver
- 1 heart
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It is absolutely not advised to feed cats home cooked food because there's a very high risk of malnutrition.
Cats evolved to eat 8 - 12 small animals like birds, mice, rats, hamsters and other rodents, maybe the occasional lizard and sometimes even bigger animals like rabbits or chickens daily. They eat the entire prey raw, including skin, claws or talons, small bones (in case of mice and small birds the entire skeleton), cartilages, guts, the brain and other internal organs. The only exception I know of are feathers and the gall bladder.
If you feed your cat home cooked meat, the cat lacks all the minerals and nutrients contained in the tissue that wasn't included because we humans usually don't eat them. Feeding a cat is a very tricky balancing act that requires much care, scientific research and experience. Commercial cat food producers have all of that, you probably don't.
Malnutrition is a very slow and invisible process. By the time your cat shows any symptoms, it may be misdiagnosed or have already done irreversible damage to your cat's health. Please stop cooking food and start buying commercial cat food instead.
If your cat is obese or has a risk of kidney stones and/or UTIs, you should feed wet food instead of kibbles and chose a food with low grain content (for more information read Grain-free Options for Preventing Struvite Crystal Formation).
Please read the following questions and answers for more information about the pitfalls of home-cooked cat food: How to make home cooked food appealing and tasty to cats? and Can we feed our cat with a mix of home-cooked and specialized food?
Do NOT feed your cat chicken liver daily.
Liver contains a lot of vitamin A, which is possible for cats to overdose on. This is called vitamin A toxicity. The toxicity will slowly build up over time, so consumption of foods very high in vitamin A should be limited overall, and not just limited to not eating too much in one meal.
Furthermore, I would be concerned that feeding your cat such a diet could lead to nutritional deficiencies, so unless you have done the research, it is just better to feed your cats catfood which has been proven to have the correct nutrition for cats.