Kittens live off their mother’s milk for the first several weeks of their lives. After that period a startling change often occurs in their digestive systems. If a cat fails to ingest dairy products for too long, the bacteria in his intestinal tract will change. He will become unable to properly digest dairy.
Cats in the wild are not exposed to milk products after they have been weaned, and modern domestics still go through that primitive system alteration. Cats generally love dairy, though, and will ask for it. In older cats, ingestion of dairy products can cause diarrhea and flatulence. If you choose to treat your cat with dairy, do it infrequently and in small amounts. There are also alternative “milk” products at your local petsmart.
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