Who doesn’t love rice pudding
Now when it comes to cats – can cats eat rice pudding?
The answer – No
Yep, you can’t share your pudding with your little furbaby
Because rice pudding has milk and sugar in it
This is not safe for your cat unfortunately
In cartoons, cats love to drink milk (Tom & Jerry come to mind)
But in reality cats can’t drink milk
Reason is according to petsmd cats have less lactase which means less ability to digest lactose
This is normal among cats
What happens when a lactose-intolerant cat drinks milk?
Cats can get an upset tummy and induce vomiting
One of the main and common symptom is diarrhea
This happens within eight to twelve hours according to Susan G. Wynn, DVM, CVA, CVCH, an animal nutritionist in Atlanta and co-author of the Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine.
But here’s another interesting fact
Some cats can actually drink milk
How would you be able to tell?
Give your cat a tablespoon or two of milk and see what happens
If your cat is all good and shows no symptoms then chances are your cat will be fine with milk
But still, veterinarians recommend not to give your cat milk
They don’t need it
The potential problems do outweigh the potential benefits
So it’s best to avoid giving your cat rice pudding simply because it’s not recommended and you don’t want your cat to get diarrhea or vomit
Yes, you could give a small little treat here and there
But this should be done as a small treat and not part of your cats main diet or meal
If you’re not sure or have any questions, it’s best to ask your veterinarian
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What About Rice? – Can Cats Eat Rice?
Cats can eat rice but not too much
It’s not toxic for your cat
But it’s not beneficial too
Your cat can have the occasional bite or two
It shouldn’t be given all the time to your cat though
You see, your cats body is not designed to digest grains regularly
Small amounts of grain are okay to give to your cat in a balanced diet
Again, this should be kept a minimum
Wrapping It Up
So cats can eat rice pudding
But it should be as a given treat
Give it as a minimum
Ideally, you shouldn’t because you don’t know if your cat is lactose intolerant
You don’t want your cat to get diarrhea or start to vomit
If you really want to give your cat rice pudding and don’t know if your cat is lactose intolerant – give a tablespoon or two and see how your cat reacts to it
Honestly, you can give your cat other treats which are meant for them
Some treats you can get are beneficial for your cat and is healthy
That would be the best option
Always seek medical advice and any questions you have to a veterinarian
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Is Rice Bad In Cat Food?
If you read the your cats food label ingredients and see rice is included in it
Is it okay for your cat to eat?
Is rice bad in cat food?
Cats can eat rice as mentioned in the article
But if you’re concerned your cat is eating the same food that has rice in it occasionally it’s best to speak to your vet and find out if it’s okay