Kittens can drink their mother’s milk, but most adult cats are lactose intolerant, meaning that they have difficulty digesting the lactose in cow’s milk. This can lead to stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Some cats may be able to tolerate small amounts of cow’s milk without any problems, but it is best to avoid giving it to them altogether. There are other, healthier options available, such as lactose-free milk, goat’s milk, or cat milk replacement formula.
If you do choose to give your cat cow’s milk, make sure it is only a small amount and offer it occasionally as a treat. It should not be a part of their regular diet.
Here are some tips for feeding your cat milk safely:
- Start with a small amount and see how your cat reacts.
- Offer milk as a treat, not as a meal replacement.
- Choose lactose-free milk, goat’s milk, or cat milk replacement formula over cow’s milk.
- If your cat experiences any stomach upset, stop giving them milk.
If you are unsure whether or not it is safe to give your cat milk, talk to your veterinarian.