As humans, most of us just love cheese in all its glory. Cheese boards, cheese burgers, cheesy nachos – excuse me whilst I just go and faceplant some cheese.
Cheesus, it’s no wonder we love all of the cheese, and would just love to share that joy with our cats. Well, thank Gouda you came to read this article before doing that because you might want to refrain from treating your cat to a nibble of your cheddar.
Can Cats Eat Cheese?
There is a long standing myth that cats love dairy. Hence the assumption that you should give a cat a saucer of milk as a treat. It’s actually a pretty bad myth for cats and their health because most of them have a strong lactose intolerance. Some might not be too badly affected by this, but others can be really unwell after consuming any dairy. They might vomit, suffer from stomach cramps, diarrhea and general pain.
Adult cats are not able to digest dairy products because they do not have the enzyme within them that enables them to properly break lactose down. So if you’ve wondered – can cats eat cream cheese? Can cats eat string cheese? Can cats eat cottage cheese? Can cats eat blue cheese? The answer is no to all types of cheese. Can cats eat goat cheese? Or cat cats eat feta cheese? No, the same issues stand with these kinds of cheese, even though they are from different animals.
Can Cats Eat Cheddar Cheese To Help Them Take Medication?
Although cheese can help a cat take medication, it could cause more issues that it is worth. It may be you get the cat to eat the medication in the cheese, but the cheese results in them vomiting or suffering from diarrhea, rendering the medication less effective.
Instead, use chicken breast or fish to help a cat take a tablet. Alternatively, check out this article for further tips and guidance.
If Mainly Adult Cats Are Lactose Intolerant, Does That Mean Kittens Can Eat Cheese?
Tiny cutie patootie kittens have their mothers milk until around two to two and a half months old. During this time, they could eat cheese but they aren’t eating solids yet. By the time they can eat solids, they will be lactose intolerant like a fully adult cat so essentially there is never a ‘cheese eating’ window for them. Ideally, you will move the cat onto an appropriate kitten food right after weaning.
Can Cats Eat Vegan Cheese?
Vegan cheese really isn’t a good idea when it comes to sharing snacks with cats. These products may have high levels of salt and fat which are bad for the cat. They can also be flavoured with onion or garlic which are toxic to cats.
What Are Some Healthy Snacks For Cats?
Your cats’ main diet should be a highly nutritious cat food that suits their breed and health needs. When it comes to snacking, there are many healthy treats available to buy that are made and tested to be safe for kitties’ treat time. Some of these treats are cheese flavoured, but without any of the problems associated with giving the cat real cheese.
Alternatively, cooked fish and chicken can be a healthy snack for a cat, in addition to a nutritionally balanced cat food which should always form the main bulk of their diet.
Can Cats Eat Cheese? Their Tummies Camembert It!
When it comes to cheese, you’ll just have to enjoy this dairy ride of joy alone. Not to worry though, there are plenty of alternatives on offer for your cat that won’t upset their tummy. To summarise – brie strong and avoid the temptation to give your kitty cheese. They will still think you’re grate, because you care enough to make sure their food doesn’t make them unwell. That really is true love. It may sound cheesy, but it’s true!