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Old November 2nd 09, 02:28 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
John F. Eldredge
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Default Can cats consume lactose-free milk?

On Mon, 02 Nov 2009 01:30:47 -0800, Joy wrote:

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On Nov 1, 8:16 am, informer wrote:
I heard that it's not good to give cats a saucer of milk. I then
read somewhere that the problem lies in the lactose content. So, can
cats consume lactose-free milk without getting sick?

You can buy lactulose free milk specifically sold as cat milk

Lesley

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Persial drinks the same milk I do (usually fat free milk or 1%
milkfat). But she doesn't get it daily. She gets a little drizzle
(less than a tablespoonful) of it every couple of weeks as a treat.
But every time I go near the refrigerator she's yelling at me to give
her milk. She loves the stuff. It doesn't make her ill or give her
diarrhea because I don't give it to her often. Certainly not as
often as she demands it

Jill

I think the bad reaction depends on the cat. Herbie (RB) insisted on
having an ounce or two of milk every day. He never got sick from it.
He'd drink anything from skim milk to half and half. Skeeter (RB)
hated milk, but because Herbie had some, she insisted on having some
too. I'd give her about a teaspoon of it. You could almost see her
shudder as she drank it. I swear if she had hands she'd have been
holding her nose. But she drank every drop, so that Herbie couldn't
get it.

Joy


Jealous kitty!! Yes, it definitely depends on the cat. Persia only
gets milk a couple of times a month. Just a drizzle. It doesn't
adversely affect her. But she's constantly begging for it every time I
go anywhere near the refrigerator. Fortunately she can't open *that*
door

Jill


At the time I had no idea it was bad for him. I guess he didn't know
either.

Joy


Cats can digest milk as kittens; the problem is that many (perhaps all)
of them eventually stop producing the enzyme needed to digest lactose.
Most humans have the same problem. As far as I know, the ability to
continue digesting lactose into adulthood is mostly limited to those of
European or South Asian ancestry, and even some of those folks develop
the lactose-intolerance.

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than not to think at all." -- Hypatia of Alexandria
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Old November 2nd 09, 10:24 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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John F. Eldredge wrote:

Cats can digest milk as kittens; the problem is that many (perhaps all)
of them eventually stop producing the enzyme needed to digest lactose.


And that makes sense to me. If the ability to digest milk is no longer
necessary (because the baby has grown up and is hunting and/or foraging
on its own), why devote the body's resources to that, when they could be
put to better use for more important survival purposes?

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Old November 2nd 09, 11:27 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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John F. Eldredge wrote:


Cats can digest milk as kittens; the problem is that many (perhaps all)
of them eventually stop producing the enzyme needed to digest lactose.
Most humans have the same problem. As far as I know, the ability to
continue digesting lactose into adulthood is mostly limited to those of
European or South Asian ancestry, and even some of those folks develop
the lactose-intolerance.


I think you have the least lactose intolerance among residents of
Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and Northern Europe because milk is still a
common beverage for adults in those areas. France and Italy certainly
use enough dairy products like cheese, but wine is more likely to be the
adult beverage of choice with meals.
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Old November 2nd 09, 11:32 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote in message
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John F. Eldredge wrote:


Cats can digest milk as kittens; the problem is that many (perhaps all)
of them eventually stop producing the enzyme needed to digest lactose.
Most humans have the same problem. As far as I know, the ability to
continue digesting lactose into adulthood is mostly limited to those of
European or South Asian ancestry, and even some of those folks develop
the lactose-intolerance.


I think you have the least lactose intolerance among residents of
Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and Northern Europe because milk is still a
common beverage for adults in those areas. France and Italy certainly use
enough dairy products like cheese, but wine is more likely to be the adult
beverage of choice with meals.




Unless we're talking about with breakfast, wine is certainly my beverage of
choice with dinner I do drink a lot of milk and love snacking on good
cheeses, though, so thank goodness I never became lactose intolerant!

Jill

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Old November 3rd 09, 04:48 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
John F. Eldredge
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Default Can cats consume lactose-free milk?

On Mon, 02 Nov 2009 17:32:06 -0500, jmcquown wrote:

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John F. Eldredge wrote:


Cats can digest milk as kittens; the problem is that many (perhaps
all) of them eventually stop producing the enzyme needed to digest
lactose. Most humans have the same problem. As far as I know, the
ability to continue digesting lactose into adulthood is mostly limited
to those of European or South Asian ancestry, and even some of those
folks develop the lactose-intolerance.


I think you have the least lactose intolerance among residents of
Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and Northern Europe because milk is still
a common beverage for adults in those areas. France and Italy
certainly use enough dairy products like cheese, but wine is more
likely to be the adult beverage of choice with meals.




Unless we're talking about with breakfast, wine is certainly my beverage
of choice with dinner I do drink a lot of milk and love snacking on
good cheeses, though, so thank goodness I never became lactose
intolerant!

Jill


It is my understanding that most South Asians (from India, Pakistan,
etc.) can also continue to digest milk into adulthood. From what I have
read, many Hindus who won't eat any form of meat, for religious reasons,
don't have any religious objections to drinking milk and consuming other
milk products such as yogurt, so it serves as an important protein source
for them.

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than not to think at all." -- Hypatia of Alexandria
 




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