Can Cats have Yogurt And Is It Good for Them… Or Dangerous?

You love your cat and wish only the best for her. You are also trying to frequently make her happy and offer the food and treat which are tasty. Many people love yogurt, and they may have a question whether they can give it to their beloved pets.

The fact is that cats are carnivores and they have no natural demand for dairy products. Moreover, when cats grow older, their body suspends or decreases producing the enzyme which helps them digest lactose.

Like some people, a significant number of cats are intolerant to lactose-sugar found in dairy products. Different from adult cats, kittens digest lactose as they rely entirely on the milk their mom gives them.

When cats are about twelve weeks, they are gradually losing the enzyme for digesting lactose, consequently the ability to process milk. Drinking milk may cause upset stomach, diarrhea and other digestive complications in cats, which may end up with dehydration.

Yogurt is also a dairy product, produced by using a combination of milk and yogurt cultures. Caw’s milk is the primary raw material in the food. However, unlike other dairy products, it is beneficial for the cat’s overall health in small quantities. The difference is made by the bacteria yogurt contains, which gets the product digestible for cats.
However, a cat owner should consider several aspects before giving the product to the pet.

Benefits of having yogurt

  • Yogurt contains calcium, potassium and magnesium, all of them valuable for cats as potassium controls fluid balance in the whole body, calcium strengthens bones, and magnum helps the body absorb different vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, and proteins.
  • The product is also rich in B12 and B6 vitamins that support a digestive system.
  • Yogurt may help the cats with diarrhea and other digestive problems.
  • The product is also beneficial for oral health and maintenance of healthy teeth in cats.
  • If a cat receives antibiotics, the antibiotics kill both harmful and good bacteria in the body. Yogurt helps regaining the healthy balance of bacteria in the body.

Possible drawbacks

  • Some cats are allergic to yogurt, and they may face upset stomach after eating the food.
  • Flavored yogurt contains sugar cats fail to digest as well as additives which may be harmful to the cat’s health.
  • Complicated diarrhea caused by yogurt in some cats may lead to dehydration.

Tips for yogurt

It is reasonable to give a plain yogurt to your cat in small quantities, a small teaspoon. The amount is less likely to cause any complications even in the cats which may be allergic to yogurt.

Consult with a vet before you first give the product to the cat, to have qualified advice about the yogurt dosage for your cat.

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