Brewer’s Rice and Brewer’s Yeast both come from the beer-making industry. Brewer’s rice refers to the tiny pieces of broken rice that remain after the milling process is complete. It is commonly found as a filler in cat food. Brewer’s Yeast is used in human supplements, because it is high in B Vitamins and chromium, and it is also found in pet food. There are proponents who say Brewer’s yeast is good for a cat’s skin, fur and eyes and support various bodily functions. But some cats are allergic to it. Some nutrition experts say that Brewer’s yeast is toxic to a cat’s liver.
Because cats are obligate carnivores and do not need a lot of grain in their diet, Brewer’s rice is virtually useless in their food. It is missing the nutritional benefits found in whole brown rice and is high in carbohydrates. Cats just don’t need this additive. Why take the chance that it might cause damage to your furry friend?
If you see Brewer’s rice on the ingredients label of your cat’s food package, it should be way down the list, so that the amount is very small. Otherwise, you would be providing your furry friend with a lot of unnecessary carbohydrates that won’t help her at all.