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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Cream for Cats?

All mammals are naturally lactose-intolerant after the age of weaning. Yes, that includes humans as well, except for the minority of mutants who can tolerate milk as adults.

That doesn't mean that dairy needs to be completely avoided by adults of any species. Small amounts may be just fine.

So if you're a cat owner and have been seduced by the cliché that all cats love milk, the advice of Joyce McNally of the McAlester News-Capital is to know your cat.

If you are wondering about milk and other dairy products, here’s what the ASPCA says. A lot of pet owners have a tendency to give their cats saucers of milk and in actuality, many felines are lactose-intolerant. The inability to break down lactose can result in stomach upset, cramps, and gassiness. If your kitty is crazy for cream or milk and if it doesn’t cause problems, a small amount once or twice a week should be fine.

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