“Can cats eat yogurt?” You may be wondering if there is anything else you want to add to your kitten’s diet, or if your cat has served itself to your snack while you are looking away.
The good news is that Most cats get along well with small amounts of plain yogurt. In fact, some may benefit from half-normal spoons to soothe a sensitive stomach or to stimulate their appetite.
However, it is important to exercise moderation and make sure your cat is not consuming any sugar, artificial sweetener, or syrup. And like always, you have to ask your vet before sharing human food, including yogurt, with your pets.
Here’s what you need to know about giving yogurt to your cat.
When is yogurt suitable for cats?
If your cat has frequent digestive problems, including regular diarrhea, it is a good idea to talk to your veterinarian about adding a few tablespoons of yogurt to their diet each week.
The live cultures in yogurt work with a cat’s natural bacteria to calm their digestive system and calm their stomach. This can also help stimulate the appetite if your kitten has been eating less recently.
Yogurt can also be a helpful tool for kittens who crave milk but are over twelve weeks old. As cats get older, lactose becomes difficult for their bodies to digest.
Unlike most dairy products, yogurt contains bacteria that aid in the digestion of lactose, so cats can enjoy the calming experience of occasional milk consumption without an upset stomach.
Either way, you should give your cat a very small amount first, watching for signs that they may not be taking it well.
What Kind of Yogurt Can Cats Have and How Much?
Ask your vet before sharing yogurt with your cat.
Your cat’s diet should contain no more than a few tablespoons of yogurt per week and should always be simple. Any type of unflavoured yogurt is fine, however Greek yogurt tends to have the highest levels of healthy bacteria.
Flavored yogurts usually contain sugar or artificial sweeteners that should always be avoided in your cat’s diet. They also often contain flavors, additives, and other ingredients that can be harmful to a cat’s health. For example, vanilla-flavored yogurt may contain ethanol, which is toxic to cats.
If you want to give your cat a special treat, you can add a few fresh blueberries or a few pieces of banana to the mixture, but most cats like to eat it straight from the spoon.
Do you sometimes share yogurt with your cat? What other foods will help calm your kitten’s sensitive stomach? Tell us in the comments below!