No, it is not recommended for cats to eat cottage cheese.
Cottage cheese is a type of dairy product that comes from skimmed milk. It appears to have a lumpy, soupy texture due to the way it is processed. Aside from milk, heavy cream, vinegar, and lemon juice may be used to make it at home. Some of these aforementioned ingredients are not good for feline pets.
Adult cats are obligate carnivores that do not have the capacity to digest lactose. As such, cottage cheese, which is high in lactose, and other cheeses can affect their digestive system. A small amount may not harm them, but too much may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach discomfort. Those allergic to dairy may also experience gas, hair loss, and red, patchy, or itchy skin.
What to do if your cat accidentally eats cottage cheese: Read the nutrition facts label to see all the ingredients used to make it. If it is flavoured with fruits or nuts, find out if these are good or bad for your cat. If it falls in the latter category, get in touch with your vet immediately.
Your cat may be affected by the cottage cheese depending on her size, the amount of toxic ingredients found in it, and how sensitive she is to them. Salivating, vomiting, twitching and fitting, diarrhea, and difficulty in breathing are common signs of poisoning. She may also have skin inflammation or swelling, depression or coma, or display changes in her excreting, drinking, and eating habits.
In summary: Though cottage cheese is high in calcium and lean protein, it is safer for your feline pet to get these from other food sources. Browse through our “can cats eat” category to find out which vegetables, seeds, herbs, and legumes you can safely feed her.