Should Your Cat Drink Milk?

Cats and milk just seem to go together, don’t they? But it turns out that it’s not such a great match. In fact, most cats shouldn’t be given milk to drink at all! 

The majority of adult cats are lactose-intolerant. That means they don’t possess enough lactase in the gut to digest lactose, the main enzyme found in milk. While a small bit of milk probably won’t harm your cat, too much will result in an upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting. And another dairy isn’t a great choice, either—while yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products have lower amounts of lactose, they’re not a nutritionally necessary part of Fluffy’s diet. And too much of any food that your cat isn’t used to can make her sick. It’s safest to cut out the dairy entirely. The only liquid that your cat really needs to drink is freshwater!

Consult your veterinarian Dutchess County, NY for more care tips.


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