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Veterinarians recommend a diet of chicken and rice when a
cat is sick. These two are regarded as components of an everyday diet. Rice is
perfectly safe for your kitty if it is prepared correctly. A cat can easily
digest rice grains, and it is one of the foods to give to your cat if the
animal has an upset stomach. Felines find it hard to digest high carbohydrate
and starchy foods like pasta. Rice makes an excellent option as a majority of
cats find it easily digestible. Consumption of rice will not cause severe
stomach pain, constipation, or vomiting. The Merck Veterinary Manual lists the
grain as a beneficial digestion regulator for felines. It is known to ease
Feeding your cat rice
You must always serve cooked rice to your cat. Felines
cannot stomach uncooked rice. If you mix rice with chicken, make sure the rice
is a smaller component of the meal. It should ideally make up 25 percent. A
majority of the recipes for cats contain a maximum of 1/4th cup of
the cooked rice to be given to your cat. You should serve only plain rice with
no sauces or seasonings. Spices, including salt, could harm your cat. To give
an example, onion and garlic are poison to cats. These two vegetables are from
allum family, and they contain a certain compound which results in damage to
Red Blood Cells (RBC). Excess garlic may cause gastroenteritis with a number of
symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, oral irritation, nausea, and drooling.
The purpose of giving rice to cats is to aid digestion. You
must always serve your cat unseasoned, fully cooked rice. Never give the feline
uncooked rice. It is not suitable for cats. The grains are much hard to digest.
Worse, the uncooked rice frequently comes with lectin, a natural pesticide
which causes vomiting and diarrhea when they are consumed in bigger quantities.
In case your cat eats uncooked rice, the animal will suffer from stomach aches
and bloating. If the symptoms persist more than 24 hours, then you must
immediately contact your veterinarian.
The debate exists on the status of rice on the diet of cats. A number of pets owners hold the belief that rice has zero nutritional value. It can be regarded as a "filler" on the context of food. Some of these arguments hold water. It is recommended that you serve only cooked rice as a kind of digestion regulator if the cat has an upset stomach. Rice cannot be a dietary staple. Contrary to the popular myth, there is no evidence that rice may swell in the stomach of the cat, and the animal may explode. Do not give excess food to your cat.