Originally Posted by JakkieS
I know that cow's milk is bad for baby cats but how about rice milk? Or even soy milk? Would this do damage to the little tummy as cow's milk would?
Well you've stumped me a bit on this! From all the quick research I just did, my concerns would be - soy is not considered the best protein for cats, and in fact I personally do not like using foods that include soy protein isolate or other soy products. I did find an article on Cheetahs fed a diet that included soy, and resultant liver damage which ceased occuring after the soy was withdrawn.
Basically...I'd look at the label for your soy and rice milk...are their sweeteners in there (as there are in so many human products to make them more palatable to us!)...if so, I'd not want to be giving this to my kitten. No need
I really like Laurie's suggestion...Catsip is real low-fat milk with added taurine, and I believe due to an enzyme they've added, the milk sugar (lactose) is negated, so it can be given to cats without causing them the issues that go along with lactose intolerance (gas, diarrhea).
I would have to say this is one to ask your vet, or perhaps one of the board's member's who are vet techs will respond, I'm sorry I don't have a complete answer for you!