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Old 06-23-2009, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Norway
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I have a friend who insists on giving her cats cow milk. Now a cat of hers had kittens and she gives it to them too. I told her it's not good for them and that they would get upset stomachs. She claims they don't.
Any other arguments I should use?
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:22 PM
 
Location: California
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Human Foods to Avoid for Cats - Toxic Foods

Scroll down to see the section on milk. Maybe, when she cleans up enough "***", she'll get the message!
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Norway
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I don't think it will help. I already told her this, but she claims they are unaffected and that I am weird, since cats have "always" gotten milk. Bleh. She does love her kitties, she's just a bit ignorant about their health issues. She didn't even realize that chocolate was toxic to cats. Which I thought "everybody" knew.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Well, if you are claiming that they will get upset stomachs, and then they don't (i.e.*** it up) then your friend is right. If it were upsetting their stomachs, then they would *** it up and then avoid it altogether. However, this doesn't mean that cow's milk is alright for them. In fact, if it is going to cause problems, then they will *** it up, but from a different end *LOL*. Here is an article that I think illustrates a fair compromise between you and your friend:

Feeding Cats Milk: The Myths - Associated Content

However, I would also stress that the jury is still out on long-term affects of cow milk consumption in both humans and cats, and that even if it doesn't make the cats sick, that doesn't mean that there will not be negative health effects on their digestive systems in the future, especially when the cats get older. Cats digestive systems are not designed to digest/accommodate lactose after weaning.
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