Answer quickly: besides cows, which other animals are most frequently associated with milk on cartoons, advertising, movies and children’s stories? If you thought of cats, you got it right. It is not unusual to see cat lovers sighing while looking at pictures of a kitten drinking milk. But what’s behind this common association, after all? Can cats really drink milk or this beverage is somehow prejudicial to their health? Check out some myths and true facts about the subject on today’s post and get answers for all your questions!
“Although adult cats don’t need milk, kittens must be fed with milk only”
Myth. When adopting a kitten or rescuing a stray kitten, people often believe that offering cow milk is a good idea, which isn’t true. Kittens up to 4 weeks of age must drink milk to survive, but breast milk only. If for some reason, it is not available, they still must not drink cow milk. It is best to feed them with food specially formulated for kittens, which can be recommended by a trusted veterinarian.
“The best type of milk to offer cats is goat milk and not cow milk.”
Myth. Despite being a widely spread information, it isn’t true. Goat milk is not any more recommended for cats than cow milk since it also has high concentration of lactose and insufficient quantities of protein and fat.
“All cats are lactose intolerant.”
Myth. Although many cats may be lactose intolerant, it doesn’t necessarily apply to all cats. The reason why they must not be fed with cow milk on a regular basis is that it doesn’t offer the essential nutrients they need to be healthy.
“Consuming cow milk regularly may be prejudicial to my cat’s health.”
True. Adult cats produce small quantities of the lactase enzyme. Hence, it is very common for them to have diarrhea and other bowel problems due to exposure to cow milk. Depending on the frequency and quantity of milk offered to the cat, he may develop serious digestive disorders, jeopardizing his health. Therefore, ideally, your cat’s regular diet should be mainly composed of cat food recommended by a trusted veterinarian, with few exceptions.
“My cat loves milk, offering it for him occasionally will do no harm.”
If you still want to offer milk to your cat, opt for giving him a milk specially developed for cats, or offer cow milk occasionally in small portions, as a treat and not as a central part of his diet.
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