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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Almond milk

We do not buy cow milk and we are mainly vegetarian in our house. We use almond milk for cereal or other things. He point of his post is "can cats drink almond milk?", only as an occasional treat.


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While it's wonderful that you're mostly vegetarian, please keep in mind that felines are obligate carnivores, unlike canines (who are omnivore carnivores). Canines can better digest plant based sources and make use of them if animal sources are scarce or limited. Felines do need meat. The more meat you provide, the healthier and heartier they will be.

That in mind, personally, I would not attempt giving them almond, soy, or other plant based food. Even milk from cows usually isn't recommended for kitties as they give digestive upset since some cats are also lactose intolerant as they grow. The only milk I gave my kittens occasionally 2 years ago was a small amount of raw goat's milk, as it's easily digestible and contains a lot of natural enzymes and fats.

They are 2 grown cats now, so no more milk for them. Their favorite treats are freeze dried meats, btw.
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Everything that Tabbcatt said... I agree.
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I totally intend on feeding him meat, either commercial food or cooking meat for him. I have been checking out some of the recipes on here and my wife is a culinary instructor. I was just curious about the milk. I do plan on growing some ryegrass in a small pot so he can have it free choice because I hear that some cats like it.


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My bearded dragon, rabbit and chickens will enjoy some ryegrass too, so it won't go to waste.


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Cooked meat isn't really appropriate for cats. They certainly never encounter cooked meat in a wild/feral setting, so their digestive tract isn't set up to efficiently process cooked food, the way ours is as humans.

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So commercial cat food isn't cooked?
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Almond milk doesn't bother them but it has no useful nutrition to a cat. My current cats drink a little sometimes. It isn't real interesting to them but it doesn't seem to cause any digestive problems if they sneak a bit here and there. If they are used to cow milk they usually won't drink it. Aside from bottle feeding the younger one my 2 I have now haven't had animal milk of any kind.
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Cooked meat isn't really appropriate for cats.
Huh? Pretty sure I don't have raw chicken in my Merrick cans.

The OP isn't asking about raw food.

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Yeah, the post kind of got sidetracked a little
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