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Can Cats Eat Rice Pudding? Is It Good for Them?

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Sometimes, it can be tempting to treat our cats to a little bit of something we’re enjoying, but it can be tricky to tell which foods are good for them and which are not. If you’re wondering whether your sweet-toothed kitty can indulge in rice pudding, unfortunately, it’s not good for them at all and should be avoided due to the inclusion of certain ingredients.

Read on to find out more about why cats shouldn’t eat rice pudding and to get some tips on human foods cats can safely have as an occasional treat.

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Why Is Rice Pudding Bad for Cats?

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While a bit of plain rice (no sauce or seasoning at all) is okay for cats now and again and rice is commonly found in commercial cat foods, the dessert rice pudding isn’t good for cats for two reasons.

The first reason is that it contains ingredients that are high in fat and calories, including sugar and butter. It also contains cow’s milk, which, contrary to popular belief, is bad for cats because their digestive systems aren’t built to handle lactose.

The second reason is that rice pudding often contains raisins, which are toxic to cats. Eating even a few of these dried grapes can cause an upset stomach with symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, lethargy, lack of appetite, drinking more, and decreased urination. In severe cases, cats can experience kidney failure as a result of grape and raisin toxicity. There is no known safe threshold for avoiding raisin toxicity.

My Cat Ate Rice Pudding, What Should I Do?

If your cat ate rice pudding containing raisins, you should contact your vet for advice. Because raisins are toxic to cats, it’s always best to be on the safe side, even if your cat seems perfectly fine or you only suspect they’ve eaten raisins.

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What Human Foods Can My Cat Eat?

First and foremost, cats should be fed a diet formulated specifically for them that contains a certain amount of protein, carbohydrates, fats, fatty acids, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. The best way to make sure your cat is getting all the nutrients they need is by choosing a high-quality commercial diet that is complete and balanced. They also need fresh water to be available at all times.

That said, you can offer certain human foods occasionally as a treat and in small amounts. Some cats never touch human foods and will happily stick to cat food whereas others will nibble at anything they can get their paws on. If your cat has taken a shine to a certain kind of human food or is the adventurous type, here are some safe human foods you can give as treats:

  • Plain cooked meat like chicken, turkey, or beef (no seasoning)
  • Canned or cooked fish (no raw fish)
  • Cucumber
  • Cantaloupe
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Steamed asparagus
  • Steamed green beans
  • Plain cooked rice
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Melon
  • Oatmeal
  • Pumpkin
  • Cooked eggs
  • Bananas
  • Cooked winter squash
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What Human Foods Shouldn’t Cats Eat?

In addition to rice pudding, there are quite a few human foods you should keep away from your cat either because they’re toxic to them or simply very unhealthy.

These include:
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Chives
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw meat
  • Raw bones
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Raw bread dough
  • Milk
  • Alcohol
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Limes
  • Grapefruits
  • Clementines
  • Coconut flesh
  • Coconut water
  • Macadamia nuts

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Final Thoughts

It’s very clear that rice pudding is absolutely not good for cats due to the presence of high-fat and toxic ingredients. For their regular diet, cats should stick to a standard, quality cat formula suitable for their age group and should only occasionally indulge in safe human foods like cooked meat and fish and certain fruits and vegetables as an occasional treat.

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