I was watching a famous K-Drama name “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God” and Ji Eun-tak (lead actress) was celebrating her birthday with a beautiful rice cake.
As the cake scene comes in my TV screen my cat Gremlin was looking at the screen with her bright big eyes and started to meow. It looked like she was also wishing herself a rice cake. I started to wonder, can cats eat rice cakes?
I mean they are made out of rice which is a grain and we all know that cats love to eat grains. But I wasn’t sure if it was safe for them to eat rice cakes. I started little research about it on the internet, ask my vet and I found my answer!
Yes, cats can eat rice cake as a treat every once in a while, but you should not give it to them too often because it is not a balanced diet for them and it could make them sick. So if you decide to give your cat a rice cake make sure it is plain with no sugar or salt on it and give them only a small piece.
Here I’ll tell you what I discovered out about each part of the process so that you may make an informed decision.
Do Cats Like to Eat Rice Cake?
Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, so it’s not surprising that you might be wondering if rice cakes are on the menu. While some cats may enjoy the taste of rice cake, others may find it unappealing.
And, even if your cat does like rice cake, that doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to make it a regular part of her diet. Here’s what you need to know about feeding rice cake to your cat.
Most commercially available rice cakes are made with white rice, which is not an ideal dietary component for cats. White rice is lacking in many of the nutrients that cats need and can potentially lead to health problems like obesity and diabetes.
If you do decide to give your cat a rice cake, choose one that is made with brown rice instead. Brown rice is a better source of nutrients and is less likely to cause health problems.
As with any new food, introduce rice cake to your cat slowly and in small amounts. Start by offering just a few bites and then see how she reacts.
If she enjoys it and doesn’t have any adverse reactions, you can gradually increase the amount you offer. But, if she doesn’t seem interested or has digestive upset after eating rice cake, it’s best to stick with other foods.
Can Kittens Eat Rice Cakes?
In general, I don’t recommend offering rice cakes to kittens. Rice cakes (and other grain-based products) just don’t provide the nutrition that kittens need to grow and thrive. Kittens need a diet that is high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates.
Animal-based proteins provide all of the essential amino acids that growing kittens need, while plant-based proteins are missing one or more of these essential nutrients.
Fat is a concentrated source of energy and provides essential fatty acids, vitamins A, D, E, and K, and beta-carotene. Carbohydrates, on the other hand, are not essential for cats and can actually be harmful in large amounts.
So, while a few bites of rice cake might not hurt your kitten, it’s best to stick to foods that are specifically designed for growing cats.
Why You Shouldn’t Regularly Feed Rice Cakes to Your Cat?
Rice cake isn’t toxic treat to your cats but it’s not something that you should be feeding them regularly either.
Rice cake doesn’t have much nutritional value for your cat and too much of it can cause them to gain weight. It’s also not a very balanced diet for them since they need more than just grains to stay healthy.
Here I’ll share with you some of the reasons why you shouldn’t feed rice cakes to your cat too often.
1. Rice cakes often contain too much salt
Yes, even the plain ones often have a high amount of salt. While a little bit of salt is okay for cats, too much of it can be dangerous.
It can cause them to drink more water and urinate more often. Besides, it can also lead to other health problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, cats should have no more than 0.3 grams of salt per day.
2. Rice cakes can cause weight gain
While a little bit of rice cake probably won’t hurt your cat, too much of it can lead to weight gain. Just like in humans, being overweight can lead to a whole host of health problems in cats.
It can put them at risk for diabetes, joint problems, and even respiratory problems. So if you want to give your cat a treat, there are better options out there that won’t cause them to pack on the pounds.
3. Rice cakes are not a balanced diet
Cats are carnivores and need meat to stay healthy. While rice does have some nutrients, it is not a balanced diet for them.
They need other things like meat, vitamins, and minerals to stay healthy. So if you give them rice cakes too often, they could end up missing out on essential nutrients.
4. Rice cakes can cause digestive problems
Too much rice can lead to digestive problems in cats. It can cause them to have diarrhea or vomiting.
So if you give your cat a rice cake, make sure it is a small amount and keep an eye on them for any signs of digestive problems.
5. Rice cakes can be a choking hazard
Cats are small and their throats are delicate. If they eat too much rice cake at once, it can cause them to choke. A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care found that cats are more likely to choke on rice than any other food.
So if you give your cat a rice cake, make sure it is a small piece and keep an eye on them while they eat it.
6. They can contain harmful chemicals
Some rice cakes contain harmful chemicals that can be dangerous to cats. For example, some brands add chemicals to their rice cakes to keep them from sticking together.
These chemicals can be harmful if your cat eats too many of them. So, it is important to check the label before giving your cat a rice cake and make sure it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals.
Is There Any Health Benefits of Rice Cakes for Cats?
Rice cakes have been a popular diet food for humans since the early days of health food fads. Today, their purported health benefits have led to their inclusion in many pet foods as well.
While there is nothing particularly wrong with feeding your cat the occasional rice cake, it’s important to understand that they are not a nutritionally complete food and should not be used as a sole source of nutrition.
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that their bodies are designed to digest and use nutrients from animal-based sources more efficiently than plant-based sources.
That said, there are some potential health benefits associated with feeding rice cakes to cats. For example, rice is a relatively low allergen grain and, as such, might be a good option for cats with food allergies or sensitivities.
Additionally, rice is a good source of complex carbohydrates, which can provide cats with sustained energy. When fed in moderation, rice cakes could theoretically help your cat maintain a healthy weight or even lose a few pounds.
Of course, any weight loss plan for your cat should be designed by your veterinarian and calories from all sources (including treats) should be taken into account to avoid potentially serious health problems associated with weight loss diets that are too restrictive.
Finally, remember that rice cakes are not a substitute for high-quality cat food or fresh water and your cat still needs both on a daily basis.
If you do choose to feed your cat rice cakes, offer them as an occasional treat rather than part of your cat’s regular diet and always supervise closely to make sure they don’t cause any digestive upset. Your veterinarian can also offer additional advice on using rice cakes as part of your cat’s diet.
What’s about Different Flavors of Rice Cake?
There are many different flavors of rice cakes, but not all of them are suitable for cats. There are many flavors of rice cakes, including brown rice cakes, chocolate, cinnamon, fruit-flavored, caramel, salt and vinegar, and more.
Here I’ll try to give a brief explanation of each flavor and if they’re good or bad for your cat:
Can Cats Eat Brown Rice Cakes?
Brown rice cakes are often lauded as a healthy snack choice, but can cats eat them? The short answer is maybe. If your cat enjoys the taste of brown rice cake and doesn’t experience any digestive upset after eating it, there’s no reason she can’t have the occasional treat.
Just remember that brown rice cake is a people food and not nutritionally complete or balanced for cats. So, while an occasional nibble probably won’t hurt her, you don’t want brown rice cake to become a staple in her diet.
Instead, focus on feeding her a high-quality cat food that will provide all the nutrients she needs for good health. If you have any concerns about what your cat can and cannot eat, contact your veterinarian for guidance.
Can Cats Eat Chocolate Rice Cakes?
No, cats should not eat chocolate rice cakes. Chocolate is poisonous to cats, and even a small amount can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and seizures.
In severe cases, chocolate ingestion can lead to heart failure and death. Rice cakes are also potentially dangerous for cats, as they can cause digestive upset and choking.
So, while a cat might enjoy the taste of a chocolate rice cake, it’s best to stick to cat-safe snacks like Kitty Party Mix or Whisker Rescue Bars.
Can Cats Eat Cinnamon Rice Cakes?
While there’s no need to worry if your cat gets a little bit of cinnamon on her fur while you’re baking, feeding her cinnamon rice cakes is a different story.
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that their bodies are designed to digest and use nutrients from animal-based sources. Rice is a complex carbohydrate that provides little in the way of nutrition for cats.
In addition, some cats are allergic to grains like rice. And then there’s the cinnamon. While a small amount of cinnamon is safe for most cats, too much can lead to gastrointestinal upset, or even liver disease.
So, if you want to give your cat a special treat, stick with something that’s specifically designed for her species, like crunchy catnip cookies.
Can Cats Eat Rice Cakes With Fruit?
Its totally depends on which fruits are used in those cake. If the fruit is harmful for cats like grapes, raisins, currants, and sultanas then its not good for them. These fruits can cause kidney failure in cats.
Other fruits like bananas, strawberries, and blueberries are safe for cats in small amounts. However, as with all things, moderation is key. Too much fruit can cause digestive upset in cats. So, if you want to give your cat a fruity rice cake treat, make sure to use a small amount of safe fruit and avoid any that could be harmful.
Can Cats Eat Caramel Rice Cakes?
No, cats should not eat caramel rice cakes. Caramel is a sugar-based syrup that can be harmful to cats if ingested in large quantities. Symptoms of caramel toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy.
In severe cases, ingestion of large amounts of caramel can lead to pancreatitis or even death. Rice cakes are also potentially dangerous for cats, as they can cause digestive upset and choking.
So, while a cat might enjoy the taste of a caramel rice cake, it’s best to stick to cat-safe snacks like Kitty Party Mix or Whisker Rescue Bars.
Can Cats Eat Salt and Vinegar Rice Cakes?
Pets, like people, are individuals with their own preferences, tolerances, and sensitivities. Some will love the taste of salt and vinegar while others will turn up their noses at the mere thought of it.
In general, though, cats are not fans of this flavor combination. If your cat takes a nibble of your salt and vinegar rice cake and then starts drooling or pawing at her face, she’s probably not a big fan.
A small taste is unlikely to cause any problems, but if your cat eats a lot of salt and vinegar flavored rice cake, she might develop gastrointestinal upset or even become sodium-sensitive over time.
So, while your cat might be able to eat salt and vinegar rice cakes without any ill effects, it’s probably best to avoid offering them on a regular basis.
Other Alternatives to Feeding Your Cat A Birthday Treat
Here I’ll give you some ideas for alternative birthday treats that your cat is sure to love.
1. Tuna Treats: Most cats go crazy for tuna, so why not whip up a batch of homemade tuna treats? There are lots of recipes online, or you could simply mix some canned tuna with some flour, egg, and bread crumbs. Then, bake or fry them until they’re crispy. Your cat will love them!
2. Salmon Treats: Salmon is another fish that most cats can’t resist. You can make salmon treats using the same method as for the tuna treats, or you could try something a little different like this recipe for salmon and rice cakes. But my suggestion will be try to avoid canned salmon always.
3. Chicken Treats: If your cat is a fan of chicken, she’s sure to love some home-cooked chicken treats. You could bake or fry some chicken breasts, or even use canned chicken. Just make sure to chop it up into small pieces so that your cat can easily eat them.
4. Catnip Cookies: For a real treat, try making some catnip cookies! There are lots of recipes online, or you could simply mix some ground catnip with some flour, sugar, egg, and butter. Then, bake the cookies until they’re golden brown. Your cat will go crazy for them!
5. Kitty Cake: If you’re feeling really adventurous, why not make a cake just for your cat? There are lots of recipes online, or you could try this simple recipe for a kitty cake made with tuna, salmon, and chicken. Your cat is sure to love it!
Whatever treat you decide to give your cat for her birthday, make sure to do so in moderation. Too much of even the healthiest food can cause digestive upset in cats, so always err on the side of caution. Happy birthday, kitty!
Last Few Words…
Rice cake might be an occasional treat for your cat, but there are some things you should keep in mind before offering them one. Make sure to offer a variety of other foods as well, so that your cat gets all the nutrients she needs.
And always err on the side of caution when it comes to portion size. A little bit of rice cake is fine, but too much can cause digestive upset. Happy feeding!