Many people believe that milk is good for cats, the reality is it’s really not the healthiest beverage for felines. In fact, it can cause a series of ailments, from upset stomach to cramps and severe diarrhea in the large majority of cats.
While your kitten may seem perfectly content lapping up a bowl of milk especially since her “comfort food” that is reminiscent of a mother’s milk– you shouldn’t make this part of your feline’s regular diet.
One of the main reasons milk isn’t recommended for adult cats is that many of them are lactose intolerant and have problems digesting it. Lactose simply can’t pass very easily through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. In addition, cats are allergic to gut bacteria that can cause painful gas and diarrhea.
Some cats seem fine to drink milk as they are not showing signs of throwing up or having diarrhea. That’s probably your cat is okay with whole or skim milk. The other option is to give your cat lactose-free milk. Some experts advise that cream is better than regular milk because cream has less lactose than whole or skim milk.
Always remember that milk does not contain the essential nutrients cats need to grow as too much milk may replace their appetites for meat-based diets and cause nutritionally-deficient diseases.
What’s the worst that can happen if cats drink milk regularly is they will suffers from regular bouts of diarrhea, the result could be fatal, especially to kittens, because it causes dehydration.
Cats only need water to hydrate them on a regular basis not taking sips from the tap or the toilet. They need fresh water in a clean bowl