Cats and Milk

Cats and milk seem to be a match made in heaven; many of us can easily picture a cat lapping up milk from a saucer. You may be surprised to learn that cats and milk aren’t a good pairing!

The truth is, just about all adult cats are lactose-intolerant. This means that they don’t possess enough of the lactase enzyme in the gut to digest lactose, the primary enzyme in milk. The same thing can occur, of course, in humans.

Cats only need milk at one point in their lives: kittenhood. At this time, they’ll drink their mother’s milk to receive essential antibodies and nutrients. As cats get older, however, they become more and more lactose-intolerant. Your Austin, TX veterinarian can tell you more about kittens and their dietary requirements.

Other types of dairy, like yogurt and cheese, have lower amounts of lactose and may treat a cat’s stomach a bit better. However, large portions of any dairy can result in diarrhea, vomiting, or upset stomach at the very least, so don’t overdo it. The only liquid an adult cat truly needs is water!

Contact your Animal Hospital Austin, TX office for more information about your cat’s diet and feeding requirements.

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