Can Your Cat Drink Milk?

Is Milk Healthy for Cats? When you think of giving cats milk, you’re probably thinking of cow’s milk. This type of milk isn’t healthy for most cats, especially if it’s taking the place of a balanced meal. Consuming cow’s milk alone won’t supply all the essential nutrients needed to support your cat’s health. Whole, two percent and skim cow’s milk can also add unhealthy amounts of fat to your cat's diet.

What Do Cats Drink Instead of Milk? All animals need water, including your cat. Since cats don’t always drink enough water, they may get dehydrated. If that’s the case with your cat, adding a wet food to her diet can contribute to her daily total water intake. Some cats prefer moving water rather than drinking from a bowl, so using a cat fountain may encourage them to drink more. 

Why Do Adult Cats Crave Milk? Even though your cat is grown, they may still crave milk. Like people, cats associate certain flavors and scents with positive memories, so milk is like comfort food for them. Although your cat shouldn't drink milk for a meal, you can satisfy her cravings with foods prepared with it as an ingredient.  

Can I Pour Milk on My Cat's Favorite Food? No. It may seem like a good idea, but this may cause GI problems. In addition to possible GI problems pouring milk on your cat’s food may encourage them to fill up on milk alone and not enough solid food to meet their nutrient needs.

How Can I Give My Cat Milk Safely? Our experts recommend foods like Fancy Feast Creamy Delights, which contains a touch of milk to satisfy your cat’s cravings without causing digestive upset. This allows your cat to enjoy the creamy flavors while getting complete and balanced nutrition.