The Health Benefits of Chicken Soup for Cats and Humans
Now, I was speaking to two of my clients but a week ago, and it’s come to my attention that it’s that time of year again that even the most robust us are susceptible to a winter cold. Once again its bad news for carriers of the Y chromosome, ie.men. My female client (a mother of two) while down and out for a short time was back fighting fit after three days. Sadly, in the male species the same virus manifests itself often into full-blown man flu and took down my male client, (a relatively young man in his early thirties) for a full ten days. So be warned!
Now other than to repeat stories of old, such as “Coughs and sneezes, spread diseases…” and the usual advice, if a cold strikes, well, all you can really do is take to bed and stay away from the healthy until it passes – there’s little good advice to be given.
However, there is evidence to suggest that Chicken soup can actually prevent colds so why wait until one strikes when few things are quite so delicious and good for you. As it happens, there’s not much better for your cat, either than a delicious bowl of chicken soup.
Chicken soup for cats? Yes, that’s right. In fact, there are several brands on the market already. I’m far from the first to come out with it. But instead of buying it save yourself some bucks and make it.
Chicken soup is considered something of a treat simply because well no one can really be bothered to take time out to make it. Myself included, but actually I love it and it really doesn’t take too much time at all. Chicken soup is virtually free to make, super delicious, zinging with health and there’s going to be enough for kitty for weeks and at least six large servings for humans. So really, a tiny bit of effort is well worth it.
Before I start with the recipe here’s a few reasons why chicken soup is great for humans and great for kitties too.
Health Benefits of Chicken Soup for Humans Include:
Improved Cilia Function
It has been cited that bone broth improves the function of the cilia, the tiny hairs in your nose. This has the effect of preventing contagions including allergies getting into the body.
Immune System Support
Bone broths feel so good because it’s packed with minerals such as phosphorus, sulphur, calcium, magnesium and silicon that support the immune system. Consuming bone broth before you get a cold can prevent you from getting one and if you are struck down, it’s easy to get some nutrients into your system this way and help you fight off your cold.
If you don’t feel like eating, a bowl of chicken soup usually entices the appetite. It’s easily digested and is packed with nutritional benefits.
When the bones are cooked down, they release glucosamine which is a key digestive system building block. This helps to heal and protect the gut lining and allows you to absorb all the vitamins and minerals we need that help us fight infections.
Reduce Inflammatory Symptoms
The compound carnosine found in chicken will help with symptoms of inflammation such as the congested feeling in your nose and throat. It’s believed that carnosine reduces inflammation in the upper respiratory tract by preventing white blood cells from migrating.
The Placebo Effect
We associate chicken soup with making us feel better and, therefore, because we believe it does us good – it does do us good. You only have to believe something for it to become true, hence drugs these days only have to do as well as the placebo effect to be passed in scientific tests.
Health Benefits of Chicken Soup for Cats Include:
Cats are terrible drinkers. They appear to view water as defeat – something to be avoided unless they are beyond thirsty. But they won’t be able to resist lapping up chicken broth and getting hydrated.
Bone broth is great for detoxifying kitty’s liver as it contains the amino acid glycine. Glycine is needed by the liver to clear out toxins present in food, water and pest treatments.
Digestive Tract Boost
The collagen in bone broth strengthens the intestinal lining. This is important to prevent bacteria from undigested food seeping into kitty’s bloodstream.
Immune System Strengthening
Bone broth is super nutrient tonic for kitty bolstering the immune system’s ability to battle illnesses.
If your cat has arthritis or other joint issues, then consider making bone broth a regular feature of your cat’s diet. Magnesium and glucosamine will be of great benefit in easing these symptoms.
Healthy Bones And Teeth
The elements calcium and phosphorus are key in maintaining and healing bones and teeth, in addition to generating energy.
Improving Poor Appetites
Just like in humans, cats can’t seem to resist chicken soup so if your cat is elderly or sick then chicken broth may be all that will entice them to eat.
Now you’ve read the science, try out these quick and economical recipes for Chicken Soup for kitties and humans.
Chicken Broth/Chicken Soup for Cats
Bones from chicken or turkey
1 Stalk of Celery
Water (approx 4 to 6 pints)
Put the carcass and bones from the legs in a large pot along with a peeled carrot and a stalk of celery. There’s no need to chop them. Cover with water, bring to the boil and then simmer away with the pot covered. Leave to simmer for around six hours, then pour through a sieve to remove the vegetables and bones.
That’s it. You have broth for kitty. But really that’s a mountain (or lake) of broth for a cat. Reserve one pint for kitty and leave the rest to make a quick, delicious soup for pet parents. To store just freeze the broth in an ice cube tray for perfect portioning. You can remove the cubes from the tray and store in a ziploc freezer bag.
You can serve the broth separately a couple of tablespoons per day for your kitty to lap up or pour it over wet or dry food as a gravy.
Alternatively, shred a tablespoon of chicken and add it to three tablespoon of broth for a perfect gourmet chicken soup meal. It’s ideal for convalescing cats (especially if they have had a facial or dental issue) and compare it to the Purina price for their Gourmet Chicken Soup for kitties!
Fast and Delicious Chicken Soup
1 portion of chicken broth (as above)
2 medium onions chopped or 10 ozs frozen chopped onions
1 pound potatoes chopped or 1 pound bag of mashed potato
1 tbsp of oil
1-2 cups of shredded chicken
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp of fresh thyme
In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until translucent. Stir in broth, potatoes and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir in the chicken, then add salt and pepper to taste. Add cream if desired but you’ll find the addition of potatoes in the soup makes it creamy, anyway.
There really isn’t anything much yummier and even though this soup isn’t packed with vegetables like most soups nor is it packed with fat. With it being so cheap, there’s no excuse for throwing your chicken carcass in the bin ever again. Make it regularly this winter and you may just avoid coming down with a cold.
If you have the blues, for whatever reason, why not serve this soup, curled up on the sofa with a good book and a cat on your lap. Might I recommend The Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s Soul? Yes, it really does exist. It almost makes you want to get sick thinking of a few days off work, curled up reading heartwarming stories about cats. You can listen to some extracts from the book before you buy by clicking the link.
So there you have my feel good Chicken Soup Tips for the winter. Please give the recipes a go and I’d love to hear your comments. If you think someone you know might like to try out the recipes don’t forget to share the post.
Wishing you and kitty a healthy winter.
Miss Pet Paws