How to Feed a Cat Chicken and Rice

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Your cat will beg for more chicken and rice.
Your cat will beg for more chicken and rice. (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Homemade meals and treats -- particularly those containing chicken -- can be tasty, nutritious alternatives to commercially prepared cat food. However, cats' nutritional needs differ from humans. As carnivores, cats have no need for plant-based foods such as rice. However, rice is not dangerous, in small quantities, to cats. In fact, veterinarian Patricia Schenck includes numerous meat and rice combinations in her pet food cookbook. You can occasionally indulge your cats by serving them chicken and rice.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 6 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp. butter or vegetable oil
  • Spoon or fork
  • Parmesan cheese, optional

Boil the rice in water, following the instructions on the package. Omit any salt that the instructions call for.

Sauté the chicken in a bit of butter or oil until it is fully cooked.

Let the rice and chicken cool completely.

Cut the chicken into small pieces.

Mix the chicken and the rice together with a spoon or fork. Add a bit of extra water if the mixture is too dry.

Serve the treat to your cats.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on the dish for an additional treat your cats will love.
  • Do not feed your cat exclusively chicken and rice. Cats have complex nutritional needs that cannot be met by chicken and rice alone.
  • Do not cook the chicken and rice with onion. Onions are poisonous to cats.
  • Do not add any sort of chicken, beef or vegetable stock in the hopes of making the dish more palatable for your cat. These stocks are toxic and indigestible for cats.

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