Killing cells and breaking them open will release three or more chunks of meat. Meat can also be scavenged, but free meat will become rarer as the level progresses. Only carnivores which possesses a Jaw mouth can eat meat chunks.
After killing a creature, its meat can be eaten. Dead creatures can be scavenged, but they are very rare. If meat is left alone for too long, it will rot. Meat in the Creature Stage acts as the primary food source for carnivores and omnivores. If a herbivore attempts to eat any meat, it will instantly vomit it back up and gain no hunger benefit from it. If an Epic kills a creature, the Epic will pick it up and eat it in one bite.
Killing wild animals will gain the player access to their meat. It is the hardest form of food to gain, as weapons must be used to kill them instead of gathering them. Killing an Epic creature can give a player large amounts of meat to eat.
Meat does not appear in the Civilization Stage or Space Stage in a usable form. However, carnivores or omnivores may be encountered eating dead creatures in the Space Stage, and carnivorous or omnivorous tribes may have meat in their food piles.
In Spore Galactic Adventures, piles/bowls of meat can be put in as props for an adventure. Only the meat platter can be picked up by creatures.
Meat would not have appeared in the Molecular Stage since there would be no multicellular creatures. It would have appeared in the Aquatic Stage just as it had in the Creature Stage. It may have appeared in the City Stage as a source of food for the city to use.