Cats might seem to enjoy dairy in their diet but facts remain that furry felines digestion systems are not designed for dairy scientifically speaking. I will discuss in depth the myths behind feline and dairy and all you need to know about cats and cheese in this blog post.
Let’s get started. Is cheese bad for cats? Cheese is one of the dairy products and isn’t part of any cat’s diet naturally. Cats are obligate carnivores hence thrive on meat products like nobody’s business although most cats crave dairy products because of high protein content and fats and of course, the delicious taste. They just can’t stand! But facts remain that cheese and other dairies can upset the cat’s digestive system. Why is this? Because cats lack an enzyme that breaks down lactose hence can’t easily process dairy. Cats are actually lactose-intolerant meaning dairy can cause them severe vomiting and stomach upsets.
You might argue that non-dairy cheese is safe for cats. These kinds of dairy treats have had lactose removed or additional supplements that will aid break down lactose added. Non-dairy cheese might be helpful for lactose-intolerant humans but not for felines. Reasons? Cheese contains high fat and salt content which affects the growth and development of your kitty. It is, therefore, a no-go to feed your cat with dairy or non-dairy cheese. It is therefore advisable to check the ingredients in the content label before you buy a product for your cat.
Can Kittens eat cheese?
Kittens can digest milk; they depend on their mother’s milk anyway. But can’t digest cheese because as soon as you start weaning them they stop producing lactase enzyme and therefore their ability to digest dairy goes away too. Kittens, however, require a specific diet to grow and develop healthily. Feeding them with dairy products that may cause digestive issues isn’t right. Knowingly treating them with dairy may mislead your guts when your kitten isn’t doing well health-wise. Well, you might be thinking it is the dairy causing them trouble when in real sense they might be having other diseases or parasitic infestations. These conditions worsen as they remain unnoticed and may leave huge health impacts for kittens.
Best food for cats
The best food you can give to your cats is food tailor-made to meet their nutritional requirements. Natural recipes are good as long as they have limited hypoallergenic ingredients. It shouldn’t have harmful additives and packed with all-round nutrients for cats. As obligate carnies, cats get most of the nutritional requirements from meat. But that doesn’t mean they can be fed with anything else. There is so much human food that is good for felines as well.
Fruits and veggies
Even if they are obligate carnies, fruits and veggies should form a better part of your feline’s diet. Vegetables like carrots, broccoli, green beans, asparagus are a great nutritious source of fiber for kitties. Fruits that are good for a cat’s diet include; bananas, apricots, apples, and pears. Before treating them with fruits ensure they are free of pips or seeds. They can be a serious choke to kitties.
Just like humans, some adore fishy flavors and some disregard it. If your cat loves fish, treat them with caution because too much of fish can lead to mercury poisoning. But they are no doubt nutritious and healthy for cats. Tinned salmons and sardines are better options to give your kitty a fishy treat.
Eggs are great nutritionally for cats and humans because of their protein content. Pregnant cats stand to gain so much nutritionally if they feed on eggs because they require plenty of proteins. Cooked eggs are great, whether scrambled or hard-boiled, while raw eggs might lead to bacterial infestation like salmonella or e-coli.
Other human food that are not good for cats
Cheese is not the only human food that cats can’t digest well. There are others that are harmful to cats for example;
Tuna isn’t good for cats. Whether designed for felines or humans, don’t give them too much if you must treat them. Most cats can get addicted to fish and they might overfeed themselves if allowed. Just like humans too much seafood might lead to mercury poisoning. It might be helpful to occasionally treat them with fish rather than having tuna as main diet.
Onions and garlic
Do not feed your kitty with any food spiced with garlic or onions. Why? It can break down cat’s red blood cells leading them to anaemia. Garlic specifically can be grave dangerous for cats. It can be 5 times more toxic to cats than onions are. Even when ingested in small quantities, garlic can cause severe indigestion problems for cats.
Grapes and raisins
Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failures in cats. Even in small quantities, it can cause your cat to vomit and have hyperactivity. Stop treating them with grapes and raisins immediately.
What to do if your feline eats something they shouldn’t
We can’t keep eyes on our felines all the time. As I said earlier, they can be inquisitive and curious of anything they come across, they may be tempted to taste anything. Even the most diligent cat parents might be surprised to learn that their cats have eaten something they shouldn’t. The first strange signs you see in your cat like vomiting, diarrhea or respiratory issues should give a hint that they might have ingested something harmful. If that happens, do not panic, first seek vet advice and if you know what your cat might have ingested, let the vet know. Strictly follow the guidelines given by vet when you give your cat first aid. Do not give them medications unless instructed to.
Parting shot: Keep cheese away from cats
Cats can be too inquisitive and curious, that’s their nature. They will taste everything they set their paws on. Others can be fussy on diets. Whichever kitty you have, choosing the right diet to feed them is paramount.