This is one surprising question, mainly due to the myth that the primary food for cats is milk. But that’s just what it is, a myth.
Although most cats like milk and will undoubtedly drink it when given, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for them.
Can cats drink almond milk and normal milk?
Well, milk is a tricky food because it has several exceptions, sometimes cats have to have it and at other times they cannot.
Young kittens must drink milk in order to develop and survive.
Let me reiterate that cats, just like any other mammal, require a mother’s milk to develop and survive.
Now, cow’s milk isn’t a good substitution at a young age. If the kitten is left without a mother for one reason or the other, a specific type of milk can be bought for kittens, usually from a vet or a pet store.
Cow’s milk is good for baby cows but not for cats because they have different nutritional requirements.
Milk is most important at a young age for cats. If your cat is receiving a decent amount of quality food, milk isn’t really necessary.
Although rich in its ingredients, those ingredients can be found in most other foods. Many cat users have the issue of obese cats because they offer them too much food.
Although milk alone isn’t responsible for this problem, water should be enough if you want to offer the cat a drink.
So are cats lactose intolerant?
Milk isn’t lethal nor dangerous for older cats so you should test to see if your cat is lactose intolerant or not.
Give it a small amount of milk and observe the behavior. The main side effect is diarrhea so that should be an indicator as to whether or not your cat could have milk.
Cats that are lactose intolerant react much like humans who can’t tolerate milk products. It is said that most cats are lactose intolerant but there are many cats in the world and each is unique.
If your cat can’t have any you can still give it a special brand of milk for cats usually available in supermarkets. Or if you simply want to offer your cat something to drink, fresh water will do the trick.
Although most people would debate the question of milk with cats and claim they should never ever have it, in my experience it doesn’t hurt to try, unless your cat is ill or in a weakened state.
Milk is packed with nutrients and is very healthy even though it can be difficult on cat’s stomachs. When I had an ill cat the vet didn’t recommend milk but instead offered an interesting substitute to help the cat’s body.
You basically take some rice and boil it, then when it’s cooled off, take some of the water from it and give it to the cat. It’s a basic form of food and will help the body both with its texture and structure.
Cats love milk; nobody can deny that so they’ll drink it without a doubt, much like they’ll eat food until they physically can’t eat it anymore.
They don’t know limits so you can be certain your cat will become fat if given too much frequently. Kittens will drink milk from their mother even after they no longer need it. It’s not only because of milk but it’s more of an instinct.
I’ve noticed that some of the kittens will even try to ‘drink milk’ from friendly male cats frequently because they feel comfortable. The male cats didn’t complain of course because they appeared to confuse it as cuddling.