In spite of the customary image of a cat with its face in a dish of cream, cats must acquire a taste for dairy products. Although some cats obviously enjoy cowâ€™s milk, many cats do not.
Itâ€™s important to remember that cowâ€™s milk differs from the milk kittens get from their nursing mother. Catâ€™s milk contains almost three times as much protein as cowâ€™s milk. Orphan kittens fed only cowâ€™s milk will not survive because they are not getting sufficient protein in their diet. If you find yourself in the position of surrogate cat-mom, make sure you feed the little ones a nutritionally adequate diet. Consult your veterinarian or feed the kittens one of the commercial products designed for this purpose.
Cowâ€™s milk can occasionally be a problem for cats that do enjoy it. Some adult cats cannot effectively digest cowâ€™s milk (lactose intolerance), which can result in diarrhea. The diarrhea should stop after you remove milk from your catâ€™s diet. But if the diarrhea persists, lactose intolerance may not be the problem, and you should consult your veterinarian. (From www.cah.com
Cats can not always properly digest lactose, the sugar in milk. Just like people, many cats are lactose intolerant. If your cat gets diarrhea or vomits after ingestion of milk or other dairy products then it would be a good idea not to give them. (from www.vetinfo.com
)Myth: Cats Need Milk
It is a heart-warming image: It's cold outside, a warm fire is blazing in the fireplace and your cat is lapping up cream from a saucer. But milk products may cause digestive problems a few hours later. Milk is a good source of water and energy-producing carbohydrates, but it does not contain all the other nutrients a cat needs to stay healthy. Many cats are lactose-intolerant - they don't have the enzyme that digests lactose, a milk-sugar component of milk.
Drinking milk can cause loose stools and diarrhea, which strips liquids and nutrients from you cat's system. Milk does not
have a place in a cat's diet and should be avoided. (From www.ragdoll-cats.com
So I guess a little bit of milk is OK if the cat shows no symptoms of lactose intolerance. Kittens are usually lactose intolerant until they are about a year old.