We’re always looking for fun treats to give our cats. Even though we all grew up with images of cats drinking milk from bowls, most of us know that dairy isn’t a great idea for our furry friends. Almond milk, enjoyed by lactose intolerant humans the world over, is a great alternative for people who don’t digest dairy/cheese or who don’t like the taste. But can cats drink almond milk?
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Almond milk is quickly becoming very popular all over the world. Its mild taste and milky consistency make it a great alternative to traditional dairy milk. But is it safe for cats? Like most questions about dietary restrictions for pets, the answer is a little complicated, much like the question of whether or not cats can drink soy milk.
There are a few foods that are absolutely bad for cats such as raisins, alcohol, chocolate, etc. But many things can be shared with our feline friends, as long as we are careful to do so in moderation. Almond milk is one of those foods.
Almond milk does not contain any dairy, which means it doesn’t have any lactose. Lactose is difficult for cats to digest, thanks to their low levels of the lactose enzyme. This is the same enzyme that is missing or low in humans who are unable to digest lactose.
While almond milk is unlikely to do your cat any serious harm when given occasionally in small quantities as a treat, a lot will depend on your individual cat and their tolerance for human foods.
Because almond milk is made from nuts rather than dairy, most cats will be able to digest it in small qualities. But is it worth the risk of potential digestive upset?
Before pouring your cat a bowl of almond milk, here are a few things to watch out for:
Is almond milk toxic for cats? Let’s hear from a vet directly:
While some adult cats may be able to digest small amounts of almond milk, it is never a good idea to give it to kittens. Because kittens are rapidly growing, everything they consume should be packed with the nutrition they need. Almond milk can be given as an occasional treat for adult cats, but there is no reason to give it to a kitten. Moreover, kittens have more sensitive digestive systems than their full grown counterparts, and are more apt to react negatively to an unusual food being introduced to their diet.
Maybe you have a little almond milk with your cereal every morning, and your cat has shown interest in tasting a little bit herself. If you absolutely can’t resist, it’s usually okay to give your cat a taste. But make sure it’s just a taste! The key to sharing human food with our pets is moderation. How can you introduce your cat to almond milk?
Here are a few tips:
If you want to give your cat a taste of almond milk, feel free to give it to them in very small quantities. But what if it makes your cat sick? Here are a few signs that the almond milk isn’t agreeing with your cat’s digestive system:
We love our cats and we want them to be happy. And most cats are expert beggars. If you are eating something that they’d like to try, they’re going to let you know! And who can resist their kitty cat eyes? Almond milk is a relatively safe human food for your cat to try, and can be a nice alternative to dairy milk (which is not good for cats).
But almond milk should only be an occasional treat, and should never make up any significant portion of your cats diet. It’s important to feed your cat a high quality cat food and avoid giving them human food. But if you absolutely can’t resist giving in once and a while, here are a few final reminders about almond milk and cats.
Another non-dairy milk that people often wonder about is coconut milk. Find out here if cats can drink coconut milk.
Have you ever given your cat almond milk? How did they feel about it? Ask us in the comments!
After moving to New York City from Rome, Italy, I began working in the nonprofit world. Despite my day job, my passion has always been animals, especially dogs and cats, and writing. What better way to combine the two? I’ve been a pet owner for 15 years, and my menagerie includes dogs, cats, hamsters and the occasional hermit crab. My beloved cat, Mozart, who I found as a newborn kitten, sparked my love for felines and is now nearly 15 years old. I am an enthusiastic volunteer at the local ASPCA, where I enjoy spending time with the cats and cleaning up after the dogs. I’ve been writing about pet ownership and care for the past five years.