Your Feline Friend and Milk

Have you ever given your cat milk? It seems like a natural thing to do, but the truth is that cats and milk really don’t mix. Learn more here as your veterinarians London, ON tells you more about cats, milk, and dairy. 

Why can’t cats drink milk?

Most adult cats are lactose-intolerant. That means they don’t possess enough lactase in their digestive systems to digest lactose, the main enzyme of milk. While a small bit of milk probably won’t do any harm, too much can result in an upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea. 

What about kittens?

It’s true—kittens require their mother’s milk (or a synthetic substitute if the mother’s milk isn’t available) during the nursing stage. But as a kitten grows, they typically start producing less and less lactase in the gut. Most cats are lactose-intolerant by the time they’re fully grown.

Is any dairy safe? 

Cheese, yogurt, and other dairy foods contain less lactose than milk. Still, these foods aren’t nutritionally necessary for your cat, and too much of any food Fluffy isn’t used to could cause problems. Besides, your cat will probably turn her nose up anyway!

Schedule your cat’s next appointment with your vet London, ON.