Are you thinking about giving your cat or kitten some rice and not sure if it is good for them? Or maybe your cat has diarrhea and you thought that rice can be good for him?
First of all, congratulations on having decided to do research on it. Proper nutrition is essential for a happy and healthy cat.
The short answer is that rice can be given to cats but only in some situations because it is not part of their natural diet.
In this article, I will explain in detail the right quantities, cooking, and in which situation you can give rice to your cat. My promise is that once you finish reading you will know for sure whether to give your cat some rice or not.
Can Cats Eat Rice?
The answer is YES, cats can eat rice but only under certain conditions and portions.
In particular, rice can help with digestive problems and diarrhea. Cats are often prone to this type of problem. So ONLY in this situation can you think about giving him rice.
Because the cat is a carnivore. Its diet is based on the consumption of meat and fish. That is lots of proteins and fats as well as vitamins and minerals. And rice is not part of your cat’s natural diet.
So it does not bring great benefits on a nutritional level. Because precisely it is not a food consisting mainly of proteins and fats but rather of carbohydrates.
In fact, many cat food companies claim that their food is grain-free. That is without cereals (therefore without rice).
Another important thing, the rice should be given to the cat in moderate quantities, which do not exceed 25% of its meal (you can make the portions by eye) and should be mixed with its usual food. (whether they are croquettes or stewed meat or fish)
The answer is white rice. Brown rice reduces taurine which is an essential amino acid for cats. Many cat food manufacturers add it artificially, due to its vital importance. In the long run, a taurine deficiency can lead to blindness.
Can Kittens Eat Rice?
The same rules apply to kittens too. Rice can be given in case of severe diarrhea and stomach problems. And as for adult cats, it should be given in small quantities and never as an integral part of their daily diet. So only for short periods of time.
The best thing for a kitten to do is to feed him suitable food. Absolutely avoid a do-it-yourself diet. Especially at an early age.
How you feed your kitten will affect his adult health. If you feed it with rice or other DIY foods it can lead to severe malnutrition problems that result in poor health and a very low life expectancy.
How To Cook Rice For Cats
How should rice be cooked for a cat or kitten? First, never give your cat raw or “al dente” rice. Cats are unable to digest undercooked cereals.
The best way to serve rice to your cat is to cook it properly without adding salt or spices. Simply cook it with water.
Can You Give Milk And Rice To Cats?
The cat, like all other mammals (except humans), once weaned, cannot feed on milk.
We are the only species that can drink milk after weaning (although there are conflicting opinions on this and many people are intolerant).
So the answer is NO, your cat cannot eat milk and rice because milk cannot be given after weaning.
Can Puffed Rice Be Given To Cats Or Kittens?
Even puffed rice, as well as white or brown rice, do not bring any nutritional benefit. Neither for an adult cat nor for a kitten.
And it can optionally be given in case of diarrhea and in small quantities which should not exceed 25% of the meal.
As you saw in the article, rice can be given to cats but only if they have stomach problems or diarrhea. Also, remember that it is essential to never give your cat undercooked rice.
Also, remember not to overdo it because rice is not part of its natural diet. It is good in any case to call the vet because behind diarrhea, especially if prolonged, there can be much more serious problems.
I enjoy helping my readers but nothing replaces your vet’s advice especially when dealing with a health issue.