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Our vet told us that cow milk shouldn't be given to cats and especially kittens as it can cause intoxication. It's the first time I hear something like this. I've decided to ask others' opinions because I find it hard to believe in.
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I've not heard of the intoxication thing but it may be true. A kitten should only have their mother's milk or kitten made formula. It may be that cow's milk has too many antibiotics from the cow, the grains they eat may contain pesticides, etc. I'll have to ask about this one but you never know. Also, cats are mostly lactose intolerant believe it or not. Milk: Cats are unable to produce the enzyme lactase and can't break down the lactose, or milk sugar in dairy products. They're usually lactose-intolerant and the lactose in milk and milk products can cause stomach upset, cramps, gassiness, leading to diarrhea or vomiting.
alfinnlayCats are unable to produce the enzyme lactase and can't break down the lactose, or milk sugar in dairy products. They're usually lactose-intolerant and the lactose in milk and milk products can cause stomach upset, cramps, gassiness, leading to diarrhea or vomiting.
But I've known a lot of cats that drink milk and have had no problems whatsoever. Perhaps that's why this news surprised me. How can this be? In theory they can't tolerate it but in practice everything doesn't seem so bad. Am I missing something? I'm sorry I know I'm being a pain but I believe the only way to learn is to ask questions if you don't understand something.
No no. you're not being a pain. I understand why you're confused. It's the same thing as it is with a lot of people that shouldn't be able to tolerate a certain thing. Sometimes you can and sometimes you can't. But when it comes to cats I've learned to go with the safe choice. There is always that chance that your kitty will be the one to have the problem. My Alex seemed to be the first one the vet had ever seen to have so many bad reactions to medications that are used every day for IBD. I know that's worse than giving milk but you never know when it'll happen and my issues are with the terrible safety standards we have on food now. I get food safety newsletters and recalls in my email box everyday. I send out things constantly in my newsletters that have to do with feeding cats whether it's their own food or meat for those that feed raw and even milk or fish because I know people will feed those. It's scary!

I wish I had a more definitive answer for you, I really do. It's like, why do some people who smoke like chimneys all of their lives never get lung cancer but someone who's never smoked a day in their life die from it? Roll of the dice? Who knows. I always give people the knowledge and then I guess it's just up to you what you choose to do with it. And yes, you are right, the only way to learn is to ask questions and that makes you a very good pet parent! Emotion: big smile
It's all so clear now that you've put it this way. Indeed, sometimes it's difficult to find an answer why this or that happens the way it happens. Thanks. Emotion: smile I guess I'll prefer to be on the safe side too.
LOL, no problem. We just never know and it's always the choice of the pet parent. For me anyway I had to deal with so many issues with my Alex that I am maybe over protective and over careful now. And it may or may not stop my kitties from having any health problems. God knows I've learned they have so many. But for me I just need to know I'm doing all I can. Glad I could help.
Hello guys,

As far as I know problems occur only when a cat doesn't have lactase that splits lactose into glucose and galactose. This can result in vomiting and diarrhea. But most cats and humans do have lactase so you don't actually come across lactose intolerant individuals very often.
WELL I KNOW THAT IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE
BUT CATS ARE LACTOSE INTOLERANT.
GIVING TOO MUCH MILK CAN CAUSE DIARRHOEA.
A LITTLE MILK CAN BE GIVEN BUT IT NEEDS TO BE DILUTED WITH WATER.
TRY AND AVOID GIVING MILK AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.