Is cow milk bad for cats?
April 30, 2007 4:09am CST
I think they would develop milk aversion if it caused them to be sick. I have always gave my cats milk and they were all very healthy. I don't give milk anymore to my kitty, just in case, but i am not convinced that it does them any harm, and they loved it. Do you think cow's milk bad for cats?
30 Apr 07
I got this information from http://www.pets.ca/pettips/tips-45.htm I pasted it here so you won't need to visit the site. I wasn't aware of this information before. Good thing you asked. Thanks a lot. Tip 45 - Cat drinking milk - Can my cat drink milk Must kittens and cats drink milk? This is one of those cat questions that confuse most new cat owners as well as the general public. Kittens need to drink THEIR MOTHER'S milk while they are nursing. It is full of the fat and protein that they need to grow rapidly and survive. Cats and kittens can drink COW's milk OCCASIONALLY but they do not need to drink it. A cat can easily live its whole life without ever having cow's milk. Most feral or wild cats never have cow's milk. Like humans, many cats and kittens are lactose intolerant. They cannot digest cow's milk properly and they get diarrhea or gastric upset when they drink it. Kittens that become lactose intolerant usually only become intolerant after they are about 3 months of age, so THEIR mother's milk shouldn't cause any gastric upset. If your cat or kitten gets diarrhea as a result of drinking cow's milk, stop giving it milk and it should pass. Some cat owners who have lactose intolerant cats that are 'milkaholics' do occasionally give them lactose free milk. You can find lactose free milk in pet stores. If your cat digests milk without a problem then you can give it the occasional milk treat. Remember - Cow's milk should never be the primary or regular food source for any cat or kitten since it is missing many essential ingredients to keep your feline healthy.
30 Apr 07
Cow's milk is produced for baby calves who grow many hundreds of pounds in a matter of weeks. It's content is much different from that of cat's milk which is produced for kittens who grow only a few pounds. Cats are obligate carnivores (they MUST eat meat), and must aquire certian amino acids or proteins in order to live. Cows are obligate herbivores (grass eaters), and their milk does not contain the same nutrition as cat's. All mammals (with the exception of some humans) stop production of the enzyme Lactase as they age past weaning. Lactase breaks down the sugar Lactose which is a principle component of milk. Animals who no longer produce this enzyme become incapable of digesting milk properly and are said to be "Lactose Intolerant". Cats who are past the age of weaning (3-4 months old) are lactose intolerant and when feed milk have a difficult time digesting it. Depending on the cat it can lead to gass, bloating, discomfort, diarrhea, or constipation, much like in humans who can no longer digest milk. Cats of all ages do love milk. I won't argue with you there. I know mine does. There is a special kind of "cat milk" which is sold at most pet stores, which is specially formulated for adult cats, and is made without Lactose. This milk still has the taste that cats crave, but without the sugars that they can no longer digest. I reccomend looking into this and feeding it as a treat. Not every day as part of a meal, but every once in a while as a special treat. This way your cat can still enjoy the tase of milk, and you will be happy knowing that it is safe for him to drink!
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30 Apr 07
Meh heh he..."milkaholic"! That's a good one! Yes, I have two milkaholics in my family, one of whom cannot stay away from ice cream and left-over cereal milk. Surprisingly, she never had diarrhea, but occasionally over-does it and upchucks the whole shebang with all the previous food that she's eaten. Talk about a mess! She's also prone to chugging water straight from the faucet. She's learned to tip her mouth up so that the water literally shoots down her throat. I have to watch her and make sure she doesn't drink either too much milk or too much water. You have never seen anything until you've seen a cat pull a Linda Blair shooting orangy water across a room. Lovely. ;)
30 Apr 07
i think that cats can drink cow's milk occasionally but they do not need to drink it. A cat can easily live its whole life without ever having cow's milk. Most wild cats never eat this. Cow's milk should never be the primary or regular food source for any cat since it is missing many essential ingredients to keep your feline healthy.
30 Apr 07
my grandparents live in a dairy farm n they have lots of animal include cats surrounding them. n my grandma always give the fresh,pure cow milk to them and nothing happened, until now they never get sick. in the market i often find milk for cats with extra vitamins,low fat,etc..maybe that's the cause why they get sick?for me, just give them pure milk without extra this and that.. :)