Is Milk Good for Cats?

True or False. Milk is good for cats.

You’re not alone if you guessed True.

And if you meant this milk

Well then you are 100% correct


if you meant this milk

I’m sorry to say that you got it wrong.

But don’t feel bad, as I said, you’re not alone.

I was shocked to discover, for instance, just how many people in my village actually think milk is good for cats and feed it to them on a daily basis.

For some of the cats in my village, cow’s milk is all they are fed, mice and insects make up the rest of their diet. I live in a farming community and it is a common practice with barn cats.

The reality is that many cats are just as lactose intolerant as humans are. Many cats who drink milk develop diarrhoea. They can become dehydrated and malnourished if they continue to drink it on a regular basis.

Some cats, just like some humans, can drink milk on occasion with no ill effects, it is important to realise though that cow’s milk does absolutely nothing to contribute to the health of your cat or a healthy feline diet.

Bottom Line.

If your cat doesn’t suffer from lactose intolerance, then a tiny bit of milk from time to time is probably ok, but it should only be given in moderation.

As a small treat


as a major part of your cat’s diet!


About colvillevalleyanimalsanctuary

The Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected, and otherwise homeless companion animals. We provide both crisis and long-term sheltering, medical care, fostering, and adoption services - all with the goal of placing our animals permanently in safe and loving homes. We spay and neuter all of the animals in our care and actively promote, through financial donations and community support, the effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Stevens County. By example and through education, we promote and advance the values of responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.
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