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Can Cats Eat Rice?

Cats are carnivores by nature, but they still have some natural curiosity when it comes to food. Many pet cats are offered human foods as treats from their owners. In particular, there is a common question about whether cats can consume rice.

Is Eating Rice Safe for Cats?

Generally speaking, yes, cats can eat cooked rice in moderation without any major health risks. While rice may not be the best food choice for felines due to its lack of essential nutrients and calories, it does provide some benefits such as providing extra hydration and assisting with digestion if your cat has an upset stomach. However, if you choose to offer cooked rice to your cat make sure that it’s plain and unseasoned with no added oil or butter which could lead to potential digestive issues or weight gain. Additionally, while feeding your cat cooked white or brown rice is generally safe according to many veterinarians – feeding them raw or uncooked grains such as wheat berries should be avoided since they can cause blockages in their digestive system due to its hard outer coating which makes them difficult for cats (and even humans) to digest properly.

What About Other Types Of Grains?

In addition to white and brown rice – other types of grains including quinoa, oats, barley and millet are also considered safe for most cats when introduced slowly into their diets after being cooked thoroughly first; however just like anything else moderation should always be taken into consideration when offering new foods so you don’t give too much at once which could lead to an upset stomach or other digestive problems down the road! It’s also important that if you do decide on offering grain-based meals that supplementing these meals with additional vitamins/minerals through supplementation is often necessary since grains alone cannot provide all of the nutrition a feline needs over time without leading up deficiencies over time if left unchecked!


Overall – introducing small amounts of cooked grain products such as white/brownrice periodically into your cat’s diet can be beneficial depending on what type of kibble they normally eat but should never replace their regular meals completely since they do not contain enough nutrients on their own long term without supplementation involved! Just remember – whenever introducing any new food items into your furry friend’s diet always consult with a veterinarian beforehand just so both parties feel comfortable knowing everything will go smoothly before diving right in headfirst!