HEALTH OF YOUR PET- FACTS
What you need to be aware of : FACTS
CATS AND DAIRY PRODUCTS?
Cats and Dairy Fact 1:
Lactose Intolerance Is the Norm
Just like people, cats can be lactose intolerant. And although we tend to think that’s a problem, it’s actually completely normal, says Linda P. Case, MS, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and author of The Cat: Its Behaviour, Nutrition, and Health. To digest lactose, a milk sugar, the human and feline digestive systems must contain the enzyme lactase. We have plenty of this enzyme in our systems at birth, and it helps us thrive on our mother’s milk.
Cats and Dairy FACT 2:
Yogurt and Cheese May Be Easier to Digest
Sometimes a cat that can’t tolerate milk may have no problem with other forms of dairy, like yogurt, cheese, butter, or ice cream. That’s because “different forms of dairy food contain varying amounts of lactose
There are two reasons for that. Foods like yogurt and ice cream are often diluted with other things, such as water or added fats. They may also be cultured, meaning microorganisms have digested part of the lactose.
So if you want to give a sensitive feline a bit of dairy, the chances of an intolerance reaction are less with cheeses, yogurts, and other cultured dairy.
Cats and Dairy Fact 3: Kittens Don't Need Cow’s Milk
Despite those charming storybook illustrations, “cow’s milk is completely inadequate for kittens
Though kittens have lactase in their system, there’s just not enough of it to tackle the lactose overload found in cow’s milk.
But lactose isn’t the only problem. “The casein to whey proportions are all wrong in cow’s milk too,”
Health for CATS having Birthday Cakes?
Due to sensitivity of cats tummies , I make all Birthday Cakes without any dairy ingredients to ensure your cat is free from a tummy upset. Please discuss any questions of dietary requirements that you may be concerned about with your vet first and let me know what ingredients you would like . (Always message, email or telephone contact details on website.)