Today we are bringing one of our reader’s favorite SlimDoggy features to SlimKitty: MYTHBUSTERS! This special feature is where we take a commonly held belief about a cat nutritional need, behavior or training method and find the REAL facts. Is it true or is it MYTH?
Today’s SlimKitty Mythbuster is the idea that cats love (and need) to drink milk.
This is just not true at all and could actually contribute to health problems in cats. Cats are carnivores. Unlike dogs who are omnivores, cats must have meat protein in their diet to survive. But they do not require milk. Cats are mammals and are fed with cat’s milk by their mother, but after they are weaned, milk is definitely not a dietary staple for cats.
Kittens or cats should NOT be given cow’s milk. If given any milk at all, it should be lactose free as they lack the proper enzymes to break down the lactose in milk to properly digest it. This may lead to allergies, diarrhea or vomiting.
Cats don’t derive any additional nutritional value from milk and milk is high in calories. Feeding it to your cat regularly may contribute to your cat being overweight.
Cats need water more than milk so be sure your cat has ready access to plenty of fresh water each day.