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Q: Is it okay for adult cats to drink milk?

July 22, 2008 | By Nadine H. | 7 answers | Expired: 2304 days ago

Is it okay for adult cats to drink milk?

I gave my cat, Maxwell, about 2 tablespoons on milk this morning. Then, right after he lapped it up, I had a thought about hearing that milk was not good for adult cats. I need to know if this is true; and if so, I won't give it to him any more. Thanks!

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Missavethewrld
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Jul 27, 2008

If your cat does ok, then it is fine. Milk will just give cats diarrhea. Just don't give your cat a LOT of milk, even if it doesn't bother him.

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Deadlysauce
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Jul 25, 2008

Cats are, as others have said, "lactose intolerant." Though, why should a cat be able to digest COW milk? It's a wonder some humans can.

That being said, if your cat has no digestive problems otherwise, a little lick of milk or ice cream doesn't hurt them. My 5 cats get little nibbles of people food, and they all love milk, but only get a drop or two off the tip of my finger!

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Marta J.
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Jul 22, 2008

I'm lactose intolerant so I drink Lactaid Milk and my cat gets some and he does fine too.

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Jessica H.
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Jul 22, 2008

Why has my answer been deleted?? I thought it was very well thought-out and educational and put a lot of thought into it... I can't even remember what I said other than it probably isn't a good idea since most animals are lactose-intolerant. :(

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Ethel02
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Jul 22, 2008

Cats & dogs should not have dairy young or old, mom's milk is different, the healthiest dairy treat for for your dog or cat is a bit of low fat yogurt my 1 greyhound had a finicky stomach and about 16 yrs ago I was told to give yogurt, check on the cat thing I don't have a cat but I do no milk is bad for them just not sure yogurt is good for them, so my 3 girls get abut 1/2 cup low fat yogurt as their good night treat and with summer here I put a few fresh blueberries in, don't use whole or no-fat yogurt , and my dogs are big, smallest 70lbs, largest close to 100lbs, so always check with your Vet just make a call, no charge or else find another Vet

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Carly T.
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Jul 22, 2008

I heard most cats ae lactose intolerant so you should talk to your vet to determine if she is lactose intolerant. If she isn't it should be okay to give her milk once in a while.

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DanaF
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Jul 22, 2008

I have read that you should not give cats/kittens milk. I don't think it is really that good for them and I also heard that MOST cats are lactose intolerant. I would suggest that you google it or take Jessica's advice and ask your vet.

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