cat, Bloody Dairy by Min Liu, #gif illustration #animation
If you want to give your cat dairy treats, but you aren’t sure she can tolerate dairy products, experts recommend offering your cat a very small amount, like a tablespoon or two of milk, and watching for symptoms. If no symptoms present up to a day afterward, she probably will be fine with an occasional milk treat.
Because dairy, milk replacers and similar products do not replace a balanced diet, and they add calories, protein and fat to your cat’s current diet, remember to count them as part of your cat’s daily calorie intake to prevent overfeeding and other health issues.
However, given that so many cats are lactose intolerant, why do they as a species love dairy products so much? Is it just the fat content -- in which case, why so gonzo for my skim milk? Or is there something more to dairy that brings out the raspy feline tongues?Abroad, things are a little more diverse: Various foreigners drink the milk of the camel, the yak, the water buffalo, the reindeer, the elk, and a few other animals. With the exception of the horse, whose milk is fermented and drunk in central Asia as the lightly alcoholic , all dairy animals of any importance are ruminants, a class of mammal whose four-chambered stomachs allow the production of terrific amounts of milk from high-fiber, low-nutrient pasturage. Their large, graspable teats make milking easy. (Inspect the belly of your cat or dog and you'll get an idea why we don't milk our pets: .)
It makes for an amusing spectacle, though, when you open the fridge door (and the cats perk up), followed up by lifting the dairy case door (and the cats go batshit).The ancestor of the European milch cow was the ox-like wild aurochs, which finally went extinct in the 17th century. The aurochs could be fierce and stubborn, but a few centuries of breeding transformed it into an animal so docile it will actually line up to be milked and so prolific that a single cow produces around 100 pounds of milk a day. The cow's genome, for whatever reason, responded readily to human dabbling. In this, cows are like wolves, from which we've created dog breeds as different as and unlike cats, which all look and act pretty much the same despite having been domesticated back in the Neolithic era. Given its genetic pliability, it was probably inevitable that the cow would become a major dairy animal wherever it could survive.The three dairy animals familiar to Westerners were domesticated between 10,000 B.C. and 8000 B.C. in the Fertile Crescent. Goats and sheep were probably first, followed by cows. All three have since been bred to improve temperament and output, but cows have responded the most profoundly.A-Many cats cannot tolerate and digest milk. In many cases milk causes diarrhea. Some cats have sensitivities and allergies to milk and milk products. This can cause skin problems. There`s also evidence that in cats prone to urinary disease, dairy products may not be advisable.