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Can Cats Drink Milk?

Contrary to popular belief, cats should not drink milk. Why? It’s actually hard for them to digest. As they age, cats stop producing the digestive enzymes needed to process or digest dairy products like milk. Kittens are able to digest milk fairly well, which is why you may hear that giving kittens milk or some milk mixed with a milk replacer is OK. It is the lactose within the milk that cats are unable to digest, which means cats are basically lactose intolerant. The lactose cannot be digested and eventually ferments in the stomach causing diarrhea or even vomiting. Symptoms of lactose intolerance generally appear within 8 to 12 hours of eating or drinking the lactose product. You should call your vet right away if your cat starts vomiting or has severe diarrhea. Other products like yogurt or cheese may be more tolerable for cats. Click to learn more or call your vet clinic Glen Ellyn, IL.

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