by A. Grano on August 9th, 2010 at 7:00 am
The notion to feed cats milk has become ingrained in the minds of many pet owners, thanks to the media and pop culture featuring healthy cats lapping up bowls of dairy. However, the truth of matter is that cats actually do not receive any notable health benefits from milk… rather, they may develop adverse effects from it!
Just as holistic health is important for sustainable health in cats, so is proper nutrition. Cats benefit most from a well-balanced diet with foods specially designed for their needs and digestive systems. Kittens’ bodies have the necessary enzymes to digest their mother’s milk. However, with age, this enzyme production slows, leading to most adult cats being considered lactose-intolerant. While cats can tolerate small quantities of milk, the sugars in it will likely cause digestive upset in their delicate systems, leading to stomach troubles such as cramps, gas, and diarrhea.
In addition, indulging your pet even on an occasional basis may cause them to develop finicky eating habits, leading to poor nutrition. Therefore, consult with your vet for the best meal plan suitable for your cat’s nutritional requirements, and consider adding natural remedies into the diet to help with common digestive disturbances.