Are cats lactose intolerant is what we are going to discuss today, for as long as I can remember people were giving their felines milk regularly. Is this something we should be doing to keep them healthy, that is what we are going to find out from my research for cat owners.
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Are Cats Lactose Intolerant
Cats are actually lactose intolerant, so by giving them milk you are actually contributing to them feeling unhealthy. What problems will milk cause cats might be on your mind right now, that is what you can learn by reading this article.
- Tummy bloating
- Decreased urine
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Increased thirst
- Mood changes
- Muscle pain
- Tummy cramps
- Trouble breathing
This does not mean your feline is going to experience all of the possible symptoms above, and these health problems usually occur with regularly giving milk to them. In fact, if your kitty happens to be constipated, a little milk can be a way to get its digestive system on the right track again.
Just by chance are you in the market for a kitten, I have taken the time to write an article, especially for people who live in apartments? As a bonus for reading “Are Cats Lactose Intolerant”, I am sharing access to “Best Apartment Cat Breeds” to help you narrow down your search.
Toxic Milk Syndrome
More than 50 percent of adult cats are lactose intolerant, there is such a thing referred to as Toxic Milk Syndrome. This is what you can learn about in this paragraph, let us educate ourselves to provide healthy kittens to grow up as healthy cats.
- Continuous crying
- Lack of interest in nursing
- Sleeping separately from their mother and siblings
- Poor weight gain
- Discharge from the eyes
An entire litter of kittens may be affected by this syndrome, it also is possible not all of the litter be affected. Whenever a kitten or kittens are not able to consume their mother’s milk, they possibly could be experiencing this life-threatening disorder.
Another worthwhile guide you might be interested in reading is “Plants Toxic to Cats”, once again this is for your convenience, I am sharing this with you here for easy access so you don’t overlook it in my self-help guides.
Toxic Milk Syndrome Treatment
Treating this problem requires immediate treatment from a veterinarian, with newborn kittens time is a major concern to avoid them going to kitty heaven.
- Supplementary feeding should be given using kitten milk formulas, you must contact a veterinarian immediately to get them on the right formula.
- Supplementary rehydrating fluids possibly could be prescribed by your veterinarian, with newborn kittens dehydration can occur in a very short time.
- Keeping the kitten or kittens warm is critical, you can use a heating pad to accomplish this. This should be started as soon as possible, even before you consult a veterinarian for supplements.
Dr. Pete Wedderburn, DVM provided this treatment plan on the Cats.com website. this is a good resource to consider for every cat owner to add to their favorites. Our newborn kittens need to be treated just like our human babies, so keep this in mind when your fur baby isn’t feeling well.
Gizmo avoids using chemicals on his pets as much as possible, so if you feel the same, you might be interested in my “Natural Flea Treatments for Kittens”. This is not only for our pets, we also should go out of our way to go natural before medications whenever possible. Be sure to Consult with your Physician before using any natural health products, and this goes as well for your pets.
New Kitten Owners Recommended Books
Books are a valuable resource we can refer back to as often as we need to, below are the recommended books for new kitten owners to add to their library. Even though websites such as Gizmos Self-Help Guides are helpful, a library of good resources is always worth investing in for quick reference.
- Catify to Satisfy, simple solutions for creating a cat-friendly home
The five books above are my recommendations for new kitten and cat owners, this will provide you with a good start to your reference library. I have been adding books to my own library for many years, one of my other favorites is houseplants and flowers. You will be amazed how many times you will refer back to them, so no matter what you are passionate about, starting your own personal resource library is something worth considering.
Homemade Kitten Formula Recipes
By some chance your kitten is unable to consume her mama’s milk, there are formula recipes available to make your own homemade formula. Providing these recipes I feel can be a possible solution, be sure to consult with your veterinarian before using any of these recipes, onward to the recipes that I have found for you.
Kitten Formula Recipe
1-quart whole goat’s milk
1 teaspoon light Karo syrup
1 tablespoon nonfat plain yogurt (goat’s milk preferred)
1 egg yolk
Knox unflavored gelatin:
Newborn-1 week 1 pkg
2nd week 1 1/2 – 2 pkg
3rd week 2 1/2 – 3 pkg
4th week 4 pkg
How to Prepare
Put goat’s milk in a saucepan, and add gelatin in the amount above depending on the kitten’s age. Heat goat’s milk/gelatin mixture just until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat. Mix in the remaining ingredients and refrigerate. It will keep up to one week. Heat to skin test temperature and feed kittens.
Another Kitten Formula Recipe
8 ounces of homogenized whole milk
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon salad oil
1 drop of liquid pediatric vitamins
How to Prepare
Mix well and warm before using. Keep refrigerated.
Last Kitten Formula Recipe
1 can of Evaporated Milk
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons Karo syrup
How to Prepare
All three mixed well and kept in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge.
At feeding time mix 1/2 of the estimated feeding amount with:
An equal amount of boiling water
(once a day mix 1 drop of human infant liquid vitamins in each kitties formula)
If Constipation Occurs
Add 1 drop of vegetable oil to each kitty’s formula no more than once daily till the problem is eased.
With three options, one of these surely will work for your own kitten. Remember to consult your veterinarian before giving any of these homemade formulas to your pet. Better to be safe than sorry, so I highly recommend you do this before giving them any of the recipes above.
Cat Owner Apps
Apps are something that I share from time to time, and the reason why is I know how you love your apps to make your life so much easier. Think of this as an extra bonus for reading “Are Cats Lactose Intolerant”, please feel free to share your own tips in my comments for us all to learn from you as well.
- Pet First Aid
- Cat Fishing
- 11 Pets
- Cat Clicking Training
- Paint for Cats
- My Talking Pet
- Relax My Pet
- First Vet
- Pet Desk
Now you have some apps, especially for feline lovers. I have another bonus in my next paragraph that might interest your passion for arts and crafts for home decorating. Hobbies are important for us to stay healthy, many times this works even better than medications.
“Homemade Healthy Cat Food Recipes” is for any owner who wishes to prepare their pet’s meals themselves, I do this from time to time for my own pets. If you have the time and are interested, I am happy to be able to share these recipes with you.
Diamond Painting Kitten Kits
Since I have been shopping for a new hobby that is inexpensive, one that has gotten me interested is diamond painting. Being with no artistic talents, painting is not an option for me, but with this, you actually never have to touch a paintbrush. Let me tell you more about this, and who knows this might tempt you to give it a try.
Anyone can create beautiful home decor wall decor with these kits, another thing that appeals to me they are not messy like painting. What we do is by using this applicating tool apply rhinestones, similar to paint by the number you apply these colored rhinestones to a canvas. Even children can do these, being inexpensive and everything is included I am tempted to give this a try. For you kitten lovers there are some beautiful kits available, imagine creating these and hanging them in your apartment or your home made with your own two hands.
- Easy and simple to do
- No messy paint messes to clean up afterward
- A combination of cross stitch and paint-by-number art and craft
- Extremely budget friendly
- Do-it-yourself home decor project
- Everything is included in every inexpensive kit
- A wide variety of beautiful kits to choose from
- Great gift for children as well as adults
Being in my 60s now finding hobbies are more of a challenge, you see I am experiencing shaky hands now. Many of my former hobbies I no longer am able to do, that is another reason I started blogging to help you, as well as give me a hobby that I am able to do. Diamond painting just might be what I have been searching for, right now I am still shopping around, but this is at the top of my list at this time.
Cat Lover Resources
We are at the end of what I have for you once again, so my last bonus for reading “Are Cats Lactose Intolerance”, I am providing you with some resources in my last paragraph. This really is an important part of my website, even though I save it for last it is just as important as all my other paragraphs.
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