Can Cats Drink Milk?

Can Cats Drink Milk?

Kittens can have milk. But as they grow into adults, can cats continue to drink milk? Some can. But not all. Keep reading to learn if milk is good for your cat.

When do kittens stop drinking milk?

Kittens drink milk from their mothers until the mother begins to wean them. It's a gradual process that can begin as early as 4 weeks old. Typically, kittens are eating solid foods by the time they are about 8-10 weeks old. While kittens can drink milk, many cats lose their ability to drink milk after being weaned. “All cats are different,” Purina Global Nutrition and Technical Communications expert Dan Chausow explains. “Some cannot digest the sugar that’s found in milk, and some cats can.”

Is milk healthy for cats?

For some cats it isn't, especially if they are getting milk as a meal. Milk is bad for cats if it's taking the place of a balanced meal. “There’s not enough nutrition from milk to sustain a cat’s diet,” Chausow says.

Also, whole, 2 percent or skim milk can add unhealthy amounts of fat to your cat's diet. Chausow goes on, “Too much fat can lead to digestive issues and even weight gain.”

There are a few signs that indicate milk is bad for your cat's digestive health. “Loose stools can indicate lactose intolerance in your cat,” explains Purina Nutritionist, Lori Mintle.

What do cats drink instead of milk?

All animals need water. Your cat does, too. Sometimes cats have hydration issues because they don’t drink enough water. If that’s the case with your cat, adding a wet food to her diet can help sneak more water into her day. Some cats prefer moving water rather than drinking from a bowl, so using a cat fountain may be what you need to get your cat to drink more.

Why do adult cats crave milk?

Even though your cat has grown, she still craves milk. Like people, cats remember comforting things from their early years. Even if your cat shouldn't drink milk as a meal, you’re able to satisfy your cat’s milk cravings with foods prepared using milk as an ingredient.

Can I pour milk on my cat's favorite food?

No. It may seem like a good idea, but this may cause your cat GI problems. "At home, you may add too much milk, not knowing if your cat can consume the amount you poured," Chausow says.

How can I give my cat milk safely?

Foods like Fancy Feast Creamy Delights are prepared especially for cats, so the recipe has an amount of milk that is safe and healthy for cats. You can feed your cat commercially prepared food with milk. “We’ve added a level of milk in the food that is safe,” explains Chausow. Not only that, these foods are complete and balanced. The balanced nutrition means the recipe with milk is good for your cat.

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