Rice For Cats 101: Can Cats Eat Rice?

Can Cats Eat Rice

Cats are obligate carnivores, which indicates their sustenance is mainly dependent on eating fish and meat. But does that mean you need to refuse your cat when she asks for a bite of your food? Well, one question that constantly worries a cat owner and ailurophile is, “Can cats eat rice?”

Although a cat’s digestive system is sensitive and not designated to digest fibers and cereals regularly, Rice is not toxic to them. So, yes, cats can eat rice, but in small quantities only. It would be best if you are extra cautious while feeding rice to your cats. If you provide good quality cat food to your pet, you wouldn’t want to add fillers as they might not give her any nutrition but will somewhat deteriorate her appetite.

Rice is a good source of nutrition for humans as well as cats. It falls in the plain category, helps indigestion, and also provides energy to them.

But the amount of rice matters that how much quantity of rice is good for cats that depend on the cat’s weight, age, and health condition.

Here is some discussion that will help you in understanding can cats eat rice?

When is Rice safe and healthy for Cats?

Rice can do wonders to your cat, especially help in digestion as cats have an extremely sensitive stomach.

Even healthy cats have an extremely sensitive stomach and an imbalanced diet may cause diarrhea which may lead to many secondary problems.

A small amount of cooked rice can help improve the digestion of the cat in terms of making their stools harder, which stops diarrhea.

Soft rice is easy to digest. Serve a small amount of cooked rice mixed with pet’s typical food.

Rice doesn’t cause any harm and doesn’t have any side effects if it is given in moderate quantity. Cat food also contains grains like rice corn and wheat.

Rice contains carbohydrate which provides enough energy to them. Rice firm up the cat’s stool and prevent dehydration.

Can Cats Eat Rice?

When is Rice bad for cats?

Everything has pros and cons but moderation is key. Excess of anything is bad. Feeding your cat in a moderate quantity won’t hurt her. Cats are carnivores and their main source of nutrition is meat, white rice should be considered as a treat.

Rice doesn’t fulfill their protein requirement and cats are mainly dependent on proteins. Although rice has good effects on indigestion, it doesn’t fulfill the nutritional value.

Too much rice will lead to malnourishment, affecting the cat’s lifespan and overall health also.

Cats can survive without rice but depend on cat food because protein requirements should be fulfilled to maintain their health.

If this diet is given to newborns or small kittens, this diet may lead to underdevelopment and poor health.

when rice is bad for cats

Can Kitten eat Rice?

As we have discussed its benefits and downsides, it’s time to discuss some questions. Uncooked rice should be banned for cats of all ages and of all breeds.

Cooked rice can be given but in a small quantity and mixed with the cat food. Rice is not too good for a kitten only in case if he/she is suffering from severe diarrhea.

If you have decided to make a meal for your cat, make sure that almost 50% of the meal should come from meat products, preferably up to 75 percent and the rest of the meal can be grains added to it.

If the rest of the food is grains like wheat, rice, or barley it should be combined makeup about 25% of the meal.

If you are not sure about your cat’s diet consult your veterinarian about the cat food that contains the proper amount of protein for your cat. Few points should be considered while giving rice to cats.

Some Precautions while giving Rice to dogs

Feed your Feline plain Rice

There should be no garlic, onion, seasoning, or other additives in it as it can prove toxic to them.

Garlic and onions contain poisonous compounds that damage the red blood cells of the cats. Garlic also causes illnesses such as diarrhea, vomiting as well as oral irritation.

Kittens should not be given grains

Kittens have an extremely sensitive stomach so only a protein diet is enough for their growth. They should not be given grains as it will upset the stomach, and also negatively impact their growth.

Uncooked grains should not be fed

Uncooked grains are hard to digest and also contain lectin. When it is consumed in a higher amount it may cause bloating, gas, vomiting, and diarrhea

New food

Some cats are not used to eating new food, so eating new food may lead to an upset stomach and vomiting.

How to serve Rice to Cats?

Grains should be 25% of the total meal. It should be cooked properly because uncooked grains may upset the stomach of the cat or may lead to diarrhea.

To cook the rice, we should follow these steps.

ways of serving the rice to cats

Can Cats eat Rice two times a day?

The quantity of rice mainly depends on the age and health of your cat. Their nutritional value should be fulfilled.


Kittens have a highly sensitive stomach and they need a diet that is rich in protein and fat content. It helps to develop strong bones, teeth, and muscles.

rice for kitten

Kittens are active and quickly convert the calories into energy.

Adult cats

Adult cats need a low-calorie diet because more fats will overweight your cat. Just like humans, obesity in cats will lead to many diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes.

rice for adult cats

An adult cat requires high protein content only if she is pregnant.

Senior cats

Seniors cats need a diet that is low in fat content and highly digestible proteins, which avoid burden on the kidneys.

So, you can feed rice twice a day to your adult and senior cat but make sure always feed her a balanced diet.

Are Rice and milk good for Cat?

Rice is ok for adult cats but not suitable for kittens. Most cats cannot tolerate lactose and milk is full of lactose.

So, rice mixed with milk is not suitable for some cats. If you want to give your cat milk, get the lactose-free milk from the pet shop.

Can Cats eat Rice Pudding?

Rice is a good source of nutrition for cats especially for those cats that are suffering from an upset stomach.

Uncooked rice is hard to digest. On the other hand, cooked are easy to digest. Similarly, pudding is also liked by the cats as a treat. How to prepare pudding for your cat?

  • Add 1 and a half cup of water in a saucepan, stir the rice in the boiling water.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover with the lid, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • In another saucepan, add the cooked rice along with some milk and sugar.
  • Keep the flame low for 15 to 20 minutes until it mixed well.
  • Serve your cat this pudding but once in a week.
  • Too much quantity of rice is not suitable for their stomach.

Can Cats eat Brown Rice?

A well-balanced diet is good for the cat such as oatmeal maze and brown rice. It is rich in carbohydrates, iron, and minerals.

But cats mainly depend upon a protein diet and are not negotiable. So, maintain a balance of diet which is necessary for their health.

Some commercial cat food also contains grains. Brown rice is more nutritious than white rice, and a little hard to digest so, feed it sparingly because too much quantity will upset the stomach of your cat.

Feed your cat more rice only if she is suffering from some gastrointestinal issue, it will make the stool harder and also prevents dehydration.

Brown rice contains a higher amount of carbohydrates along with some protein and fat content.

Following are the benefits of Brown Rice

benefits of brown rice for cats

Can Cats eat Basmati Rice?

Basmati rice or long-grain rice is the same as white rice with little difference. And feeding your cat basmati rice mainly depends upon its breed and age.

Some cats don’t like food other than meat and milk. So, before giving any kind of meal make sure what kind of food your cat is more comfortable with.

Cats can eat basmati rice in the same way as plain rice is given to them. Feed it sparingly. It should be 25% of the total meal and should not exceed 50% because a cat’s health and growth depend on the protein diet which mainly comes from the meat.

Can Cats eat Rice Bran?

Rice bran surrounds the grain and is used as a supplement for humans. It is rich in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin E also. But it doesn’t mean that what is good for humans is also good for your pet also.

Rice bran interferes with taurine metabolism. Taurine is necessary for the cat they cannot synthesize it on their own so must be provided in the diet.

Due to the limited study, feeding your cat rice bran is not worth it. It will not provide any benefit and may result in dietary problems.

Can Cats eat Chicken and Rice?

The most appetizing dish of cats is chicken and rice. Chicken is too good for cats because it is the main source of protein for them.

The mixture of rice and chicken is good for cats as it will regulate their stomach or digestive system if she is suffering from the gastrointestinal issues. How to prepare chicken and rice for a cat?

For the recipe of chicken and rice we need;

  • ½ cup of rice
  • ½ cup of boneless chicken, without skin or fat
  • ¼ cup of carrot

To prepare it, boil the chicken without adding salt, onions, condiments, or any other additives in it. Cut the carrots into small cubes.

Remove the chicken from the water and cut it into small cubes. Cook the rice in the water (broth that was left after boiling the chicken).

Add the chicken and carrots to it. When the rice becomes soft, set it aside to cool down. Serve your cat when it is cool down.

Can Cat eat Fish and Rice?

Fish is good for cats and also very appetizing and can be replaced by chicken. Although fish is good for cats yet not all fish is good.

Canned tuna fish is not good because it contains a higher amount of mercury, sodium, and bisphenol so it should be avoided.

Tuna fish is rich in oil which will make your cat fat. Fresh tuna or any other kind of fish is good but make sure to remove the bones from it.

Fish is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. Cooked fish is good for your cat, uncooked fish may lead to some health issues so it should be avoided.

How to prepare rice and fish for your cat?

For the preparation of rice and fresh fish you need;

  • 300 grams of fish
  • ½ cup of rice
  • 1 carrot

To prepare the meal all we have to do is;

  • Boil the fish in plain water without adding any salt, condiments, or any other additives.
  • Cut the carrot in cubes.
  • When the fish is done, let it cool and crumble it to remove any bone.
  • Cook the soaked rice in water and add carrots and shredded fish in it using the same water which you used to boil the fish.
  • As the rice gets softer, let the meal cool down and serve it to your cat.

Pros and Cons of Giving Rice to Cats


Properties and benefits of rice for cats.

Rice is not too good for cats but it has some nutritional value. Some of the nutritional values are as under:

benefits of rice for cats

Cats mainly depend on proteins so above nutritional value are not too good for them but it can be used in certain conditions.

In case if your cat is suffering from a gastrointestinal issue then rice provides nutrition to them without upsetting the further stomach.

One of the gastrointestinal problems is diarrhea. Poor absorption in the intestines causes diarrhea and commercial cat food may lead to its worse condition.

In this condition, soft food is good for them to help regulate the bowel. Any kind of rice will be ok for your cat but only for some days until diarrhea desists.

After this return your cat to the normal routine and give them cat food to eat. Too much rice may lead to the gas in the stomach, constipation, and other digestive issues.


drawbacks of rice for cats


I would like to conclude the discussion about Can cats eat rice? Every human food is not good for your pet also.

So, keep an eye on their diet. If you are not sure what to feed them consult your veterinarian. If the rice in a meal is upsetting the stomach of your cat or causing diarrhea or vomiting don’t feed them rice. If you notice any of these symptoms consult your vet.

Although rice is safe for your cat but in a limited quantity. It can help deal with their digestive issues and is safe for consumption. But rice in a regular meal will upset the stomach or may lead to some other gastrointestinal issues.

Kasim Kittiban

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