Can Cats Drink Oat Milk - Everything you need to know - Cat Crack Catnip

Can Cats Drink Oat Milk - Everything you need to know

Not a fan of dairy? You’ve just got out your oat milk for your morning bowl of cereal, and your cat is looking up at you wide-eyed and furry-tailed. How can you resist giving your feline friend some of that delicious cold oat milk?

You know cats are lactose intolerant, but now you like other cat owners are starting to wonder if cats can have oat milk. We’re a conscious kitty, in both senses of the word, and want to ensure they can have some of this delicious treat!

Yes, cats can have oat milk. Fill a small bowl so your pawsome companion can join you for breakfast.

Is Oat Milk Safe for My Cat?

Yes, oat milk is safe for your cats. As the saying goes, everything is in moderation. You can give your cat oat milk in moderation and as a treat occasionally, but it is not recommended to give it as a meal replacement every meal.

When choosing oat milk, please make sure you get as close to the raw oats milk as possible. Commercial plant milks contain added flavors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and additives that may risk your cat's stomach; it's something their digestive systems can't really handle.

You may have some flavored oat milk in your fridge, and as a cat owner, you may be tempted to give it to your cat. But vanilla oat milk is a no-no; it contains too much sugar, flavorings, and preservatives.

This may cause your cat to get an upset stomach, which can cause bloating, farting, and, in the worst cases, vomiting and diarrhea. We never like seeing our kitty have issues; it breaks our hearts.

Is Oat Milk Good For Cats?

Nutritionally, Oat milk does not really have any health benefits for cats; there are low amounts of potassium, iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D

For cats, their diets should contain primarily fats and protein. They can get this from vet-recommended cat foods such as Whiskas, etc.

Calcium

Calcium is an essential mineral for cats as it helps to build strong bones and teeth. It also plays a critical role in muscle function, blood clotting, and nerve transmission. A lack of calcium in a cat's diet can result in a range of health issues, including weak bones, osteoporosis, and muscle tremors. Therefore, your cat's diet must contain sufficient amounts of calcium for its overall health and well-being.

Iron

Iron is an important mineral for cats as it helps produce red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. Cats may develop anemia without enough iron, which can cause weakness, fatigue, and other health issues.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for cats that helps support healthy vision, skin, and coat. It also plays a role in the immune system and reproductive health. However, it is important to note that cats require a specific form of vitamin A called retinol, found in animal-based foods such as liver and fish, which luckily cats absolutely love!

Plant-based sources of vitamin A, such as beta-carotene, are not readily converted into retinol in cats and may not provide adequate levels of nutrients for cats, which is why plant-based diets are not recommended for cats!


Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an important nutrient for cats as it helps regulate calcium and phosphorus levels in the body. It plays a vital role in the development and maintenance of strong bones and teeth. However, cats have different requirements for vitamin D compared to humans and other animals, and they can only obtain vitamin D through their diet. It is important to ensure that your cat's diet contains adequate levels of vitamin D, but too much vitamin D can also be harmful to cats.

How much oat milk can I give my cat?

Cats can safely drink oat milk when given a small saucer of oat milk. It is okay to drink this amount of oatmilk now and then,

When introducing your cat to cat milk, give it a small amount of 100ml to see how they react. They'll take a few sips of the oat milk, and if they seem to like it, there isn't any digestive distress, such as loose stool or gas after. You can incorporate it as part of your cat's diet.

Oat milk vs. Cow's Milk

Regular cow's milk contains dairy, and cats can technically drink dairy milk, but most cats are lactose intolerant and can't digest the lactose in cow's milk. This can lead to digestive issues like gas, bloating, and, in other cases, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.

Oat Milk may have some real health benefits for humans if you're lactose intolerant, but it does not have the same benefits for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, as discussed above, and need a diet full of protein and healthy fats. Health issues can arise if you.

If you source or make your oats naturally, free of lactose, plant-based and unprocessed.

This is why Oat milk is a better alternative to cow's milk for your cat, as they can digest it better than cow's milk usually.

Why can cats drink cats milk but not cow milk?

Cat's milk is a type of milk produced by a mother cat to feed her kittens. It is a complete and balanced food for kittens, providing them with all the necessary nutrients they need to grow and develop. However, when they grow older they become lactose intolerant.

What Symptoms Show That Oat Milk Hurt Your Cats?

Too much oat milk can cause your cat some health problems over time, thats why we covered how much oat milk to give your cat above.

Stomach Pain

Excessive sugar intake from oat milks with flavorings can lead to immediate stomach upset and long-term health issues such as diabetes, heart problems, and weight gain for your cat.

Fortunately, xylitol, an artificial sweetener that can be found in some oat milk, does not have a toxic effect on cats, unlike dogs.

Vomiting

We've heard of too much of a good thing; if cats get too much oat milk, they may start to vomit. if your cat is allergic to oats, other ingredients, or other additives in the oat milk, it can also cause vomiting.

Diarrhea

Loose stool or Diarrhea is the most common upset that your cat may display if it has had digestive issues with the oat milk or other plant-based milk.

If your cat displays any issues, please contact your local veterinarian immediately

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