Should Cats Be Drinking Milk?

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Cats are often pictured in movies and books with a saucer of milk, however it can be a dangerous drink.

Cats may lap up milk if offered, but they will regret it later. Most cats are lactose intolerant and drinking milk will cause upset stomach and diarrhea. Continued consumption of milk can cause serious health issues from dehydration.

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The only milk that is safe for a cat is the milk of the mother when it is nursing. A kitten has adequate lactase that is needed to help process lactose, but lactase decreases as the kitten becomes an adult. That is why most adult cats are lactose intolerant.

A cat would not naturally consume milk in the wild. It does not provide much nutritional value to the cat, and does more harm than good.

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The best drink option is fresh cold water. Water has so many benefits according to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Water helps:

– Regulate body temperature
– Digest food
– Eliminate waste
– Lubricate tissue
– Allows salt and other electrolytes to pass through the body

Cats are carnivores that obtain most of their water through their food. However, if you feed dry cat food you will need to be sure your cat is drinking water. Cats are not big drinkers like dogs. If your cat is resistant to drink try turning on the faucet, or get a fountain cat water bowl. Cats are intrigued by the running water and more likely to drink.

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We need to treat them like the prince and princesses they think they are.

You can treat your pet with Rescue Box, instead of milk. It will help a shelter animal as well. It is a win-win!

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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