Old wives’ tales and cartoons frequently feature a cat enjoying a saucer of milk.
However in real life, cats should not be given milk – particularly cow’s milk. Your cat may seem to love the taste, but most cats have an adverse reaction to ingesting cow’s milk. Some of the possible side effects include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. These occur because most cats are lactose intolerant. And in some cases a cat may be allergic to the component Casein in the milk potentially giving rise to more severe reactions.
Additionally, the calcium content of cow's milk is linked to causing the formation of crystals and causing urinary tract problems.
A healthy alternative
There has been a lot of talk recently about the benefits of giving cats (and dogs) raw goat’s milk. Goat's milk is different from cow's milk. It does contain lactose (at lower amounts), but has different components overall.
It is a quick and nourishing additive to your cat’s diet, or you can use it as a special treat. And the best part is that most cats love it!
Why goat’s milk?
Goat milk is the most complete food known, containing vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids all utilized by the body with ease.
Any cat will benefit from drinking goat’s milk, but it really has a positive effect on cats with existing health issues such as allergies, skin conditions, allergies, kidney disease, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, poor digestion, diarrhea, constipation, obesity, cancer and more.
Raw goat's milk is one of the most easily digested foods on earth. It requires very little work from your cat’s digestive system to break it down because it has small proteins and fat molecules.
As for the lactose - goat’s milk is rich in lactase, the enzyme required to digest lactose, so the limited amount of lactose in goat’s milk is easily digested and causes no negative reactions when a cat ingests it – even those with sensitive digestive systems.
The benefits of goat’s milk are absorbed into the body within 20 minutes after drinking the milk, so the benefits are quickly applied.
Goat’s milk probiotic power
Goat’s milk has live active probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, trace elements, enzymes, protein, and fatty acids.
In addition to providing so many nutrients, goat’s milk also:
- Contains a higher level of carotene, which has been found to help prevent cancer.
- Helps alkalinize the blood stream because it's high in the amino acid L-glutamine. And because it contains a group of alkaline minerals, it doesn't produce acids in the GI tract.
- Fights off pathogens.
- Delivers enzymes to break down biofilm, a microorganism that protects bad bacteria that prevent absorption of good nutrients.
- Raw goat's milk stabilizes mast cells that reduce inflammation and so helps reduce allergies.
Why raw goat’s milk?
You need to make sure you get raw goat’s milk, not pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys enzymes, many of the vitamins, and the beneficial bacteria.
There are many pet food sources now offering raw goat’s milk for sale in both liquid and powdered form.
Have you been feeding your cat goat’s milk? If so we would love to hear what you and your cat think of it.
If you decide to give it a try, we would also like to hear what you think.