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Goat's Milk for Cats?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I gave my cat 3 cups of goat milk yesterday & he loved it! I was wondering if there may be any possible negative side effects for this. At first I gave him a small amount in a bowl just to see if he would drink it, and boy did he slurp it up quick, and so I kept giving him more. Before I knew it I was hearing a weird purring that he has never made before (of a different type, because he does purr a lot) also he had a hicc-up. And he ran to the door shortly after as if he had the runs... Any advice?
post #2 of 9
Goats milk is fine for kittens just don't make it a steady diet. Unlike cow's milk there is no constipation happening for the cats. It does have drawbacks and shouldn't be given all the time unless it is straight from the goat.
post #3 of 9
I give raw goats milk and goat milk yogurt (that's what the container calls it) once every two weeks as a treat. They have not had any problems with the amount they get and personally I think they could use the probiotics especially when it gets cold/damp as they are barn cats.
post #4 of 9
My cats have always had goat milk as a treat, and I give it to sick cats to help them eat and recover. Orphan kittens take to it too. Almost all cats love it, and it is very low lactose so does not hurt their digestion like cow's milk. Whenever possible I get fresh milk - easy in Bosnia where I lived before, and now I am living next door to a goat farm, so still not a problem. I am not sure how good the processed kind is for them, but still better than cow.
post #5 of 9
I have to agree with Hissy ... Fresh is best ...
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
I have to agree with Hissy ... Fresh is best ...
I get raw goats milk from a small food co-op. Would you consider that fresh enough?

I'm not going to be able to get it again till March sometime...until all the goats have their babies (are they called kids?) and they are weaned.
post #7 of 9
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I get raw goats milk from a small food co-op. Would you consider that fresh enough?

I'm not going to be able to get it again till March sometime...until all the goats have their babies (are they called kids?) and they are weaned.
Do you know what the goats are being feed? Is it delivered daily? Do the farmers bring it the day they milk it? these ?s should guide you as to fresh enough ... the other option is powdered..
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies. I think I will continue to give him this new found favorite, but in moderation. He will be happy to find out.
post #9 of 9

Hi,

 

I adopted two 15 year old cats who had been given up to the pound when their elderly human mother died, and her husband no longer wanted them. They were in terrible condition, with no muscle tone and dull, lifeless coats-very. They lacked energy, had liver and kidney issues, and were slated to be put to sleep. I started feeding them a raw diet, with bones, liver and heart ground into the meat (I use a brand called SmallBatch). I mixed in raw goat's milk, raw goat's milk keifer, a variety of organic herbs that are good for kidney and liver issues, such as ground milk thistle, dandelion root and leaf, corn silk, hawthorn berry, schisandra, and hydrangea root, added in Udo's Choice Pet Essentials for Cats, and GNC Superfood Complex for Cats. The first year, the liver issues cleared up, and the cat with the worst kidney issues went from having a BUN of 65 to one of 43 (normal is 14 - 36 MG/DL), while her creatinine level went from 2.6 down to 2.5 (normal is .6 - 2.4 MG/DL ). These cats are now 17, have no sign of liver issues, and are now on the border of high normal with the kidneys, with the worst case now down to a 37 BUN and a 2.4 creatinine. They have gained muscle mass, and now sport thick coats that feel like silk velvet. ) So at least in these cats, daily raw goat's milk has been a plus. I really do not think either would have lasted a year after I adopted them had I not put them on a raw food diet. 

 

I had another cat, Baby, whom I had from the time she was 5 weeks old. I did not know about raw food diets, goat's milk, etc for the first 12 years of her life. Then she developed severe kidney issues, and that was the start of my oddessey into feeding raw, and supplementing cats with herbs. We healed her kidneys, which is why I knew what to do for the new kitties, but ultimately lost baby to a fast moving cancer with a strong hereditary genetic component. They tried to operate, but it had spread from her spleen to her liver. The veterinarian who did the operation told me that other than the cancer, Baby had the internal organs of a cat of 7, rather than a cat of 17. So, although I could not save her from the cancer, I feel that she still was a testimony to what a raw food diet, goat's milk, and herbs can do for cats.

 

Hope this helps. Good luck to you.

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