Hey Pet Parents & Pet Lovers,
It’s always great to have alternatives for your little one to drink, especially if they aren’t huge water drinkers. In the past, I covered the question “cats can drink soy milk?“, but you may also be wondering can cats drink almond milk?
Due to my ongoing battle with lactose, we’ve searched for cow milk alternatives, just so I have something in case I need a quick bowl of cereal. While trying out almond milk, I looked down at Beau and questioned if almond milk was something he could have, since he isn’t an avid water drinker.
This might come as a surprise, but some cats can have almond milk, but only in moderation.
What Makes Almond Milk Okay?
Well, straight out of the gate, it doesn’t have lactose! Since cats don’t have the enzyme to digest lactose all dairy is out of the question. Second, almond milk doesn’t contain any ingredients that are currently known to be harmful or toxic to cats. The only reason why I say “currently” is because there have been products that have been used in cat foods for years that vets/pet nutritionists didn’t realize were actually bad for the kitties, but if any new studies come out I’ll be sure to update this article and let you know!
Okay, perfect, I grabbed my almond milk, now is there anything to be worried about?
Well with everything you let your cat ingest you’re going to have to make sure to watch them closely and see if anything odd happens to them. Cats never know their limits and will eat until they throw up, so make sure not to give them too much almond milk at once. Make sure you’re looking out for vomiting, diarrhea, gas or bloating as these would be signs that your cat is allergic to the milk. Cats with gastrointestinal issues should never be given almond milk as it can be hard for them to break down the bacteria in the milk, even without lactose.
How Much is Too Much?
More than a cup is too much! Make sure you’re giving less than this a day and I would still err on the side of caution and give less just to be safe. Use small amounts like 1/4 a cup or less as a treat or for medicine (to encourage them to take their pills) or because they’ve been a good little one, but if you want something more regular for your kitty to drink check out something like Fruitables Broth as it’s a product you can have your cat drink daily!
Are there any health benefits to Almond Milk?
Absolutely! It has omega-3 fatty acids which are great for the heart, and has lots of potassium, vitamin E, zinc, riboflavin, selenium and manganese! Some brands will also throw in some calcium and Vitamin D to balance them out, and I would make sure you aren’t buying anything with artificial ingredients or sweeteners. Make sure to read the labels!!
I think my cat is allergic to Almonds…
Great! Glad you caught that! It’s super good to be aware of your pet’s allergies! Allergies show up in all different forms, however, the most important ones to watch out for are skin irritations, vomiting and diarrhea. If your cat begins to frequently vomit or doesn’t have chronic diarrhea make sure to rush them to the vet to get re-hydrated and clear their system from the almonds.
Okay, I’m not going to risk it! What can you recommend instead?
Hey, don’t worry, we decided not to risk it either. Although we know that the chances aren’t high for our cats to get sick, especially because we rarely ever feed treats, we still chose not to let our cats drink almond milk. Instead, I would recommend cat-specific milk supplements like: WHISKAS CATMILK PLUS Drink for Cats and Kittens, Cat Sip Real Milk Treat for Cats and Kittens, KMR – Kitten Milk Replacer, PetLac Milk Powder for Kittens, and PetAg Catsure Powder.