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Goat's Milk for Cats?

post #1 of 8
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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 8
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 8
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 8
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 8
I have to agree with Hissy ... Fresh is best ...
post #6 of 8
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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.
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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 8
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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.
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