Lactose Intolerance In Cats
Have you ever wondered why your adult cat experience digestive upsets after consuming milk or milk products? This might be brought about by lactose intolerance.
Lactose is a type of sugar that is found in milk. Kittens don’t suffer lactose intolerance because their bodies still produce adequate quantities of lactase, an enzyme that helps digest lactose in milk. Adult cats, however, produce significantly lesser quantities of lactase, thus when they consume milk or milk products, they suffer from indigestion, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Insufficient production of lactase in the body will mean that the lactose in milk is not digested and cannot be absorbed and used by the body. As milk stays in the intestines for sometime, the normal microbial flora of the gastrointestinal tract acts on milk and cause fermentation. This chemical process is responsible for the digestive problems that can occur within 8-12 hours after consuming milk. Call your vet clinic Sugar Land, TX if you notice changes in your pet’s health and well-being.