Cats and Milk

Cats and milk somehow seem to go together intrinsically. The truth is, though, the two don’t mix! Here, your Greenville, SC vet sets the record straight on cats and milk.

Can Cats Have Milk?

No, the vast majority of adult cats cannot stomach milk. The fact is, they’re lactose-intolerant because of the lack of the lactase enzyme in the gut. This is the same condition that can affect humans. If most adult cats drink too much milk, vomiting or diarrhea will result.

Don’t Kittens Drink Milk?

Yes, kittens drink their mothers’ milk. This is the only time in a cat’s life, though, that milk is a nutritional requirement. As felines age, they produce less and less lactase in their digestive system, losing their ability to digest milk as they get older.

Are There Any Available Substitutes?

Commercial “cat milks” are available, and are safe for consumption by our feline friends. Small bits of yogurt or cheese, which contain less lactose than milk, are also acceptable on occasion. Don’t overdo it though, as too much can still cause an upset stomach.

Do you have further questions about your cat’s diet, health, or care regimen? Contact your veterinarians Greenville, SC office today.

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