Can my cat drink milk?

This post is written by our holistic veterinarian at "I and love and you", Dr. Angie Krause, DVM, CVA, CCRT.

My childhood cats, Pinky and Sugar, are the reason I am a veterinarian today. When I look back at their diets, I cringe!  I remember my mother feeding them a bowl of cow’s milk when we ran out of Meow Mix. But hey, this was the early 1980’s! We knew very little about proper feline nutrition.

Unfortunately, most cats are lactose intolerant. I would assume that Pinky and Sugar suffered from diarrhea after their milk meals. Fortunately for me, I wasn’t the one scooping their litter. Most cats really enjoy milk and cheese (I mean, who doesn’t?). However, they often lack the enzyme to digest lactose (milk sugar). This leads to abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Next time you run out of cat food at an inopportune time, you have a few more options than my mother did. Luckily I and love and you is sold through many grocery stores that are open late or 24 hours a day. Alternatively, you could serve some plain lunch meat (my personal cat’s favorite), cooked chicken breast or lean beef. Be sure to avoid onion in all forms.

What have you fed your cat in a pinch? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

With love,

Dr. Angie

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