A delicious Summer treat, but can cats eat yogurt too? It’s time to look further into this popular question. Join us in our research and understanding of this frequently asked question.
Quick answer: Yes, but only natural, unsweetened yogurt. Take into consideration lactose intolerance.
A Cat’s Diet vs Yogurt
As you know, a cat’s diet must mainly consist of dry and/or wet cat food. In fact, our felines are obligatory carnivores, which means they require meat and fish in their diet, protein is a fundamental nutrient for them. In fact, it is a biological need to any feline. This to said, that although yes cats can indeed eat some yogurt (depending on the brand), it must only be a rare treat. Feed a cat yogurt too often and it will lead to diarrhea, obesity, and even diabetes.
Fun Fact: Yogurt based treats for cats is a popular snack among cat lovers.
How Much is too Much?
As everything in life, excess isn’t healthy. This is particularly true to any human treats being fed to animals. Too much will quickly turn into a bad eating habit and it can cause long-term issues. That’s why we insist that you treat him/her only rarely with this snack or even other fruits or veggies. So, straight to the point. How much is too much? Well, it, of course, depends on the feline’s weight, age, and health record. However, a healthy dosage would be a normal soup spoon with enough for him/her to have 5 or 6 good licks (as shown o the image). Don’t do it daily. One time a week or even one time every 15 days is more than enough for your cat’s delight, while ensuring it doesn’t hurt him. Be a responsible owner and partner, don’t let it become a bad habit, even if he/she begs for it.
Can Cats Be Lactose Intolerant?
Yes, it is not that unusual for cats to be intolerant to lactose, especially older felines. This happens because has the cat gets older, it starts producing less and less of the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Therefore, although not very common among kittens, old cats can react badly to lactose. If you are not sure if your buddy is intolerant or not please check with your vet first. If he/she ate yogurt and is vomiting or having diarrhea, also meet a vet as soon as possible.
Which Yogurts Are Okay to Eat, and Which Aren’t?
This is a very important question and please pay attention. As you know, there is a wide variety of yogurts in the market. Most contain highs amount of sugar. These of course are off limits. Cats digestive system was not made too handle high concentrations of sugar. So, anything with too much is a big no. Giving indiscriminate yogurts to a feline will endanger his/her health. I’m talking about everything from fruit-flavored to nut-filled yogurts, everything with toppings, chocolate, anything. The only good type is natural, unsweetened yogurt. And even these you must pay attention to the brand. Check the nutrients.
Conclusion: Can Cats Eat Yogurt?
Yes, but only sugar-free / very low sugar yogurts. On top of this, some precautions must be taken into consideration. Namely, quantities and regularity. To keep your pet healthy feed no more then a soup spoon in 7 to 15 days. If your cat is prone to obesity or bad eating habits and is likely to beg, avoid yogurt and stick to healthier feline treats.
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