The short answer: Yes, but only in limited quantities.
The long answer: A staple food in many households around the world, rice is packed with carbohydrates, calcium, iron, thiamin, folate, and vitamin E. Cats are obligate carnivores, so they primarily need meat in order to thrive. Rice may be included in a cat’s meal occasionally, as long as it is served in small amounts. A cat’s age, a cat’s health condition, and the frequency of rice feeding should all be considered to guarantee eating rice does more good than harm to her.
Your cat can consume both white and brown rice as long as it’s cooked properly. Never feed her uncooked grains. When your cat has tummy troubles, moist, warm rice can be mixed in with her regular cat food to help make diarrhea stop and make her stool harder.
How to feed rice to your cat: Wash the grains properly, then cook it plainly. Do not add salt or other flavourings that could be harmful for your cat. Refrain from letting your cat eat white or brown rice on a daily basis. This might result in unnecessary weight gain and create health complications for your cat.
Here are three ideas for rice treats your cat will love:
- Make an Almost Spot’s Stew featuring brown rice mixed with vegetables.
- Try a homemade cat meal recipe using brown rice, mackerel, sunflower seed oil, and chicken or beef broth.
- Chicken liver and rice are all you need to make kitty’s next dinner!
In summary: Your cat can consume white or brown rice once in a while to ease her upset tummy or diarrhea. However, make sure to pinpoint the real cause of your cat’s digestive problems with your veterinarian, so your cat doesn’t end up eating rice regularly. Regular consumption of rice may lead to obesity, and your cat could suffer from any or all of these symptoms: excessive thirst, constant urination, lack of appetite, inability to jump, and vomiting.