You may be confused by the famous pop culture images of cats lapping up milk. One question that may come to your mind is: can cats eat cheese?
Cow’s milk is not actually good for cats. Cats are intolerant to lactose because their digestive systems do not produce enough enzymes to digest cow’s milk.
The lactose sensitivity extends to cheese. Cheese is not a healthy diet for cats though small amounts of cheese made of plain milk is safe for cats. Cheese is not a dangerous treat when given to a cat sparingly. Cats become lactose intolerant after weaning and any product rich in milk should not be given to them often.
It may be better if you give your cat cheese made from something else other than cow’s milk. For example, goat milk is easier to digest and it may be better giving your cat cheese made from goat milk.
Can my cat eat cheese as a treat?
If you need to do something that a cat doesn’t like, you can give her small amounts of cheese as a treat. Also this may be useful when giving her medicine. You can hide a pill in small amount of cheese.
What type of cheese should I not give my cat?
There are some types of cheese that you should not give to your cat.
It is not advisable to feed your cat with blue cheese. It is a good thing that most cats are not attracted by blue cheese.
According to Dr. Werber, simple cheese is the best. He also says that the richer the cheese, the more you should avoid giving it to your cat. When giving cheese to your cat, ensure you use small amounts.
Side effects of cats eating cheese
Cheese may have noxious side effects to your cat as it contains lactose. This is mainly gas and diarrhea. Some cats may even experience dietary upset when fed with cheese because they are intolerant to lactose.
Many cats love an occasional cheese treat. If you find your cat showing any sign of sickness after eating cheese, try looking for an alternative snack.