In the collective imagination, milk is THE favorite drink of cats. We all have in mind images from films or cartoons of a hungry cat lapping with pleasure in small sips of milk. But in reality, this drink is not really recommended for our little cats.
Milk can be difficult for cats to digest
Like all mammals, cats feed on their mother’s milk when they are small. But once weaned, at the age of 2 months , this food no longer has its place in their daily diet.
Indeed, not only do they lose their ability to digest it because they no longer need it, but in addition milk can cause digestive disorders in some cats, such as diarrhea or vomiting. Others may even be allergic to lactose, redness and itching will appear.
If your tomcat is not lactose intolerant and loves milk, it is not advisable to give him 40 ml per day maximum . Above all, remember to always leave him a bowl of fresh water nearby!
Milk consumption can lead to overweight
Very caloric, milk, when consumed in high doses, can lead to weight gain in cats. If your cat is a milk addict, be sure to dilute its daily ration well in water .
And above all, do not skimp on physical exercise if you do not want your cat to become too big because milk is considered a candy .
Kittens should not be fed cow’s milk
Cow’s milk is particularly rich in lactose , but does not meet the needs of the kitten. Indeed, only the cat’s milk contains the amino acids and fatty acids essential to the kitten. Goat or sheep milk is also not recommended.
So, if you find one or more orphaned kittens, be sure to purchase commercial milk from the cat only.
What about dairy products?
The cheese and yogurt (fermented dairy products) contain less lactose than milk and are more easily absorbed by the cat. A cat only lactose intolerant will be able to eat it several times a week, while a cat allergic to lactose will not tolerate these foods.
Be careful, cheese is, like milk, very caloric. It is therefore advisable not to abuse it to avoid obesity problems .
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