Ask Seth: Can Cats Drink Milk?

My cat enjoys milk, and I give her a small amount two or three times a week. I've read somewhere that milk for cats is not good.  Will this help or harm her?

Generally speaking, milk is not recommended for all adult cats, as many of them are lactose-intolerant, and have problems digesting it.

However, if she's not throwing up, having diarrhea, or gastrointestinal upset, she's probably okay with it. Some vets advise that cream is better than regular milk if you must give it to cats, probably because cream has less lactose than whole or skim milk. But again, a small amount of skim milk seems to be okay for your kitty, so I wouldn't worry about it.

Also, recently, several new lactose-free milk substitutes can be given to cats.  These can be considered in animal that do have gastrointestinal disturbances when they drink milk. If your cat enjoys milk, she may like these products too.

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Seth Mayersohn

About Seth Mayersohn

Have a question about your pet’s health or behavior? Readers can submit questions to askseth@petassure.com. Seth Mayersohn has a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and a M.S. in Agriculture from West Virginia University. He has 12 years of experience as a veterinary technician and draws upon that experience to help our readers!

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