Milk and Your Cat

Did you know that milk and cats—however great of a mix they may seem—don’t actually go together very well? Too much milk will almost certainly make your cat sick! Learn more here from a Tampa, FL veterinarian.

Why Can’t My Cat Drink Milk?

Most adult cats are actually lactose-intolerant. This means that they don’t have enough lactase in the gut to digest lactose, the main enzyme of milk. Drinking too much milk, or other dairy, will probably result in vomiting or diarrhea!

What About Kittens?

Kittens do need their mother’s milk, or a synthetic substitute if the mother’s milk isn’t available, for proper growth in the early stages of life. As they age, though, a kitten starts to produce less lactase. By the time they’re fully grown, a cat will most likely be lactose-intolerant and doesn’t need any milk at all.

What Can I Give My Cat?

Your cat needs one liquid to stay healthy: fresh water. If you want to give your cat milk, try a specially formulated “cat milk,” which has had the lactose removed to make it safe for your feline friend.

To learn more about your cat’s dietary needs, call your vet Tampa, FL.