Should Cats REALLY Drink Milk?



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Should Cats REALLY Drink Milk?

Let's get to the answer. Should cats be given milk? Is milk good for cats?

Sometimes I'm amazed at what kind of information gets passed around as fact. It's usually harmless but sometimes it can actually hurt your pet.

I recently saw a kitten that had terrible diarrhea and was very dehydrated. The well-meaning owners brought the kitten into the clinic because it was so sick... and you'll never guess why. I discovered that the kitten's owners had been feeding it milk and nothing else. That poor kitten got nothing but 2% milk for 2 weeks.

Is it good to give a kitten milk? These owners sure thought it was. Find out our vet's take on the subject here. Go to: Is it ok to give an outdoor cat warm milk with water?.

The bottom line is that can't do need milk. They may like it but some cats don't digest it properly and it can give them diarrhea. There is not enough nutrients in regular cows milk to give cats what they need which is why the kitten I mentioned was so sick.

That brings up another great question: if you find an orphaned or sick kitten, what should you feed it? Many kind-hearted people find themselves in this position each year and before kitten season hits again it's a good time to find out.

Go to: Caring for and Feeding Orphaned Kitten. This is a really good article on how to care for a kitten that is sick or orphaned. It gives you some excellent tips on how to care for a kitten without its mother.

I hope this article gives you more information about milk. As you can see - milk isn't necessary for cats and intact they are often lactose intolerant. If you are going to give your cat milk - stick with a cat milk supplement that you can get at your local pet store.

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.