Source: USA Today (Extract)
Posted: September 20, 2023

Maybe you have seen in media or heard about cats’ affinity for milk. While some felines enjoy drinking milk, others may not, especially since most cats are, in fact, lactose intolerant.

If cats have trouble processing lactose, what does this mean for other dairy products?

When it comes to feeding your pet human food, you want to make sure you are being safe. If you’re looking to give your furry friend a cheesy treat, it may not be the best idea. Read on to learn if cats can eat cheese.

Can cat eat cheese?

Short answer: Yes, cats can eat cheese. However, if you do feed your cat cheese, it should be done in moderation and small portions.

If you want to give your cat a piece of cheese every once in a while, you can. Or if you have to hide your cat’s medicine in cheese that is OK too.

In general, it is important to not overfeed your cat human food as it may cause more harm than good.

Is cheese bad for cats?

Cheese is not inherently good for cats. It may give your cat an upset stomach or digestive issues.

Cats are “obligate carnivores,” meaning in order to stay healthy a cat’s diet is primarily meat, according to Purina. Cats cannot produce enough enzymes to process milk or dairy properly. So, cheese is not the best treat choice.

Some cats are lactose intolerant and have dairy allergies, according to Hill’s Pet Nutrition. For these kitties, even the tiniest bit of cheese could cause problems. If you cat has consumed dairy, they may have an allergy if they experience:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Itchy and/or red skin patches
  • Hair loss

If you cat has any of these symptoms, you should consult with the veterinarian.

Cheese also has high fat content and calories which can lead to weight gain, according to Chewy. It is best to avoid feeding your cat cheese, although it is safe to do so.