In many shows and movies, we see clips of cats drinking milk. Many owners assume feeding their cat cow milk is safe, but it actually can cause plenty of adverse side effects. In fact, most felines are actually lactose intolerant. As a result, some will instead give their cats oat milk or almond milk, assuming they are safer alternatives. But is this really true?
Is it safe for cats to drink almond milk? This article will explain the potential risks — if any — of giving your cat almond milk, as well as ingredients and additives you must avoid.
Can Cats Drink Almond Milk?
Technically, almond milk won’t harm a cat once in a while, but experts don’t recommend feeding it to your feline friends. Not only does almond milk lack the necessary nutrients your cat needs, but it also is high in fat and low in protein. Still, many people feed almond milk to their beloved cats as a small treat — especially since most cats are lactose intolerant and can’t safely consume cow milk.
As an occasional drink, almond milk likely won’t harm your cat. However, it definitely won’t help it, either. Additionally, offering it as a regular treat can cause adverse effects, contributing to obesity and digestive distress. When in doubt, it’s best to avoid giving your feline loved one almond milk altogether.
Feeding Your Cat Almond Milk? Avoid These Ingredients
If you do decide to feed your cat almond milk despite its potential side effects and risks, you should — at the very least — want to look out for any harmful ingredients. Many types of almond milk are loaded with sugar, flavors like vanilla or chocolate, and artificial preservatives and sweeteners (like xylitol). These can cause dangerous and sometimes even deadly health problems in cats.
That being said, occasionally feeding your cat all-natural, unsweetened almond milk likely won’t hurt it. While it’s best to avoid it altogether, don’t panic if your cat gets a few licks of this almond beverage.
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