Milk for Cats


Cats love milk. I use the lactaid milk made for humans who are lactose intolerant. Since it's more expensive than regular milk, I dilute it with water. The cats only like the whole milk, not the reduced fat milk. Since cats need fat in their diet, it's fine. In fact, I dilute it as much as 60% with water.


By Cynthia

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February 10, 20050 found this helpful

Good idea to use the lactose-free milk. Most cats are lactose-intolerant. If you give a cat too much regular milk, it has a tendency to cause diarrhea (at least it has in every cat I've had).

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February 10, 20050 found this helpful

Baby formula is ok for them too!

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February 15, 20050 found this helpful

My vet said I could give my cat rice milk. He loves it.

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April 5, 20050 found this helpful

We found a product called Catmilk plus by Whiskas at Petsmart and our one cat just loves it, every morning she is in the kitchen waiting for her bowl. we just use a small amount, once it is opened it goes in the fridge so the next day we pour it in her bowl and microwave it for 7 seconds just to take the chill off.


It has never upset her stomach.

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June 6, 20110 found this helpful

Same here with the lactose intolerance. Every cat we ever had got diarrhea or severe constipation from it. Except for 1 cat my mom had, she had to have her little bowl of milk every morning or she would cry for it! Never bothered her, so the vet said it was ok. Before you start giving a cat regular milk, check with your vet & start with a little at a time to be sure they can tolerate it.

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June 7, 20110 found this helpful

I am so happy to learn this. Sir Catty-Kit will be getting his own Lactaid Milk from now on. I know cats that live on dairy farms have the most healthy and beautiful little fur coats. Has to be the whole milk or cream they get.


I am lactose intolerant and cannot drink the milk unless we buy the Lactaid, but when we were able to get whole milk directly from our friends who had a dairy farm, it never bothered me at all. I don't know what's being done to milk now that makes so many people sick, but it's something.

Thank you for sharing the information.

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June 8, 20110 found this helpful

I'm going to check with my mom & see if she was giving her kitty the lactose-free milk, maybe that's why she was able to drink it. If so, I may have to try it for my little old man kitty.


Pookarina - that's an interesting observation about lactose intolerance & whole, fresh milk! Now that you mention it, I've heard other people say they don't understand why they can't drink milk now, but they used to buy it fresh! I remember getting delicious,fresh milk from a farm when I was a kid,yet I've never been able to tolerate milk from the store very well & can only drink the skim! That's a scary thought!

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June 20, 20130 found this helpful

Yes, baby formula seems to be good for cats. When my babies were little, I gave my cats all the left over formula. They loved it! And their coats were so glossy. They never had any diarrhea either.

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