!Let's Talk! Button

Should Cats Really Have Milk?

September 1, 2014

You’re probably already picturing a cat happily lapping up milk from a saucer on the kitchen floor. You might not realize that cats shouldn’t really have milk at all! Here, a Niagara Falls vet answers your questions on the topic.

Why Shouldn’t Cats Have Milk?

Most cats are lactose intolerant, just like some humans can be. This means that the cat doesn’t possess the ability to digest lactose, an enzyme found in milk. A cat that drinks milk is likely to experience diarrhea, vomiting, or an upset stomach at the very least. Unless you’d like to clean up a mess, it’s safest to avoid giving your cat any milk at all.

Kittens Drink Their Mother’s Milk, Though…

Yes, kittens do drink their mother’s milk in the first few weeks of life. This is the only time in a cat’s life, though, that she’ll need milk! As a cat gets older, their system produces less and less lactase, meaning they’re becoming more and more lactose-intolerant.

As an adult, a cat should receive all the required nutrients from her regular cat food. Check with your vet to make sure your cat’s diet is providing her with the proper vitamins, minerals, carbs, fats, proteins, and acids.

Are There Milk Substitutes?

Yes, there are various “cat milk” substitutes on the market today. These products have the offending agents in milk removed, so a cat can safely drink it. Although these products aren’t truly milk, they might work well to give your cat the occasional “milk” treat. Ask your vet for more information.

What About Other Dairy Products?

You may wonder if other dairy is okay to give your cat. Cheese and yogurt are two examples of dairy foods that are somewhat safer to give felines, because they both contain much less lactose than regular milk. If you keep the portions very small, your cat should be okay. Try slipping her a snippet of cheese or a little dab of yogurt, but reserve it only for the occasional treat.

Call your Niagara Falls vet’s office for more information on dairy and your feline friend.

  • All
  • Uncategorized
Gray cat finger fed with sliced cucumber

Unusual Cat Eating Habits

Cats are mysterious creatures. We all know that, but did you know that their eating…
Read More
Cat with blue eyes

Eye Problems In Cats

Our feline buddies have strikingly beautiful eyes. Cats’ eyes can be many different colors, from…
Read More
Two adult huskies with doc cake

5 Things To Do For Holistic Pet Day

Holistic Pet Day is August 30th! There is a growing awareness of the benefits of…
Read More
Brown hairy dog breed and gray cat snuggling together on the floor

Caring For A Super Senior Pet

Is your pet entering—or already into—their golden years? Pets age the way many people do…
Read More
Names tags collar

Pet Names

Did you know that Max was the top male dog name of 2021? We love…
Read More
Black dog in a cage with pink ribbon on the neck

Is Fostering Pets Right For You?

May is National Foster Care Month! Many of our furry patients are former fosters, or…
Read More
Gray cat in a grassy yard with small yellow flowers

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Stressed-Out

Cats do a really good job at hiding that they’re sick or injured. The same…
Read More
Parrot with a blue back and yellow under body feathers

How to Tell If Your Bird Is Sick

Birds have a knack for hiding signs of weakness or illness, a handy skill they…
Read More

What Skills Do Veterinarians Need?

 A wise man said: “Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success“ To be…
Read More
1 2 3 21