Not all adult cats are lactose intolerant, but many are.
Lactose intolerant cats may vomit, become gassy or “gurgly,” have soft stool or even outright diarrhea after ingesting milk.
If a cat enjoys milk and suffers none of these side-effects from it, then I consider it a healthful treat.
Is it OK for cats to drink milk?
“Like all infant mammals, kittens are born able to digest the main sugar in milk, lactose. When an adult cat drinks milk, the indigestible lactose in its gut may start to ferment, causing a stomach upset.”
Can milk kill cats?
Although milk is not toxic to cats, it may have adverse effects. Adult cats that are fed a nutritious diet don’t need milk. Also, many cats are lactose-intolerant, which means that the lactose in milk and milk products produces stomach upset, cramps, and gassiness.
What kind of milk can cats drink?
Yes, some cats can drink a very small amount of cow’s milk, but you should be careful. In general, you should avoid giving cats whole cow’s milk or cream because of the higher fat and sugar content. Organic skim milk or milk with a 1% fat content is preferred. Lactose-free cow’s milk is also a safer option.
Do cats like milk?
As a result, according to Science Focus, adult cats may experience upset stomachs after drinking milk or cream, since the undigested lactose can begin to ferment. According to CatTime, most cats are actually lactose intolerant!
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