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Can Cats Eat White Rice?

Can Cats Eat White Rice?

Yes, cats can eat white rice but only in limited amounts.

Known for its clean and polished appearance, white rice is milled and does not have its husk, bran, and germ. The process of making white rice takes away several essential vitamins and dietary minerals that are found in brown rice. That is why when given the choice, health-conscious people choose brown rice over white rice.

Cats are obligate carnivores that receive energy and sustenance from eating protein-rich meat derived from animals. They do not need carbohydrates, which are found in white rice. However, this does not mean that your pet cat won’t benefit from eating the grain once in a while. White rice can actually stimulate her digestive system, prevent dehydration, and assist with diarrhea.  

How to feed white rice to your cat: Wash the grains properly. Cook your white rice without adding seasonings, sauces, and additives. Salt, garlic, and onion are common kitchen ingredients that are harmful for cats. When ready, mix a small amount of white rice with your cat’s food. Speak to your veterinarian to find out how much white rice she can safely eat based on her age, weight, size, activity level, and existing health issues. 

Never let your cat eat uncooked rice grains or allow her to consume white rice on a regular basis. Too much white rice may lead to weight gain, feline obesity, and even diabetes. 

Here are three ideas for white rice treats your cat will love:

  1. Add a spoon of white rice in your cat’s regular meal to make her get used to its taste and texture.
  2. Replace brown rice with white rice in this recipe for beef-loving cats.  
  3. Make a basic meal using chicken liver, hard-boiled eggs, vegetables, and white rice. 

In summary: Cats with sensitive tummies can benefit from eating white rice. Though it is not as nutritious as brown rice, it provides similar benefits. Aside from rice, find out which grains, fruits, and vegetables you can safely give your cat. Check out our blog’s “can cats eat” category for more details.

References: 

Can My Cat Eat That? 30 Foods Cats Can and Can’t Eat

Wikipedia: White rice

12 human foods that are safe for your cat to eat

Can Cats Eat Rice? Is Rice Safe For Cats?



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