Can Cats Eat Yogurt? | Waldo's Friends

Home / Blog / Can Cats Eat Yogurt?

Blog

Blog Hero

Cat Food

Can Cats Eat Yogurt?

Can Cats Eat Yogurt?

The short answer: It depends.

The long answer: Yogurt is produced by the bacterial fermentation of milk. It contains calcium, potassium, and calcium—nutrients that are good for cats. However, most cats are lactose intolerant, so their bodies have stopped producing the enzyme that helps them digest the lactose found in milk and its byproducts. 

If your cat is suffering from constipation, a small amount of yogurt might help her induce bowel movement. The live bacteria found in yogurt helps manage irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas, and other digestive issues.

How to feed yogurt to your cat: First off, give your cat a small dollop of yogurt to see if her stomach can safely digest it. Observe her body’s reaction in the next 24 hours. If she shows symptoms of lethargy, abdominal pain and discomfort, loss of appetite, increased scratching, diarrhea, and vomiting, she may be lactose intolerant.

Remember to only give her plain, unsweetened, and unflavoured types of yogurt, and those created without xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is extremely toxic for cats. 

Here are three ideas for yogurt treats your cat will love:

  1. Add flavour to your cat’s plain yogurt by adding bite-sized chunks of fresh fruits such as apples, bananas, or blueberries.
  2. Serve the yogurt straight from the refrigerator as a chilled treat.  
  3. Create soft cat treats using yogurt, cheese, and cornmeal. 

In summary: Eating plain, unsweetened yogurt may benefit cats who are suffering from constipation, stomach cramps, and gas. If your cat can handle this milk byproduct, feed it to her occasionally. Her body will reap the benefits from its friendly bacteria. High levels of protein, calcium, vitamins B2 and B12, potassium, and magnesium are also found in yogurt. 

References: 

Can Cats Eat Yogurt? Which Kind Is Good For Your Feline?

Can Cats Eat Yogurt?

Can Cats Have Greek Yogurt?

Are Fruit and Vegetables Safe for Cats? What Every Cat Owner Should Know



Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. All fields are required.

Check out related posts

Can Cats Eat Raw Salmon?

It is not recommended for cats to eat raw salmon. A type of ray-finned fish, salmon contains substantial amounts of animal-based protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B12. As long as your cat isn’t allergic to fish, she may occasionally eat a small amount of cooked salmon as a treat. Eating too much of it… Continue reading Can Cats Eat Raw Salmon?

Can Cats Eat Fish Bones?

It is not recommended for cats to eat fish bones, which can cause health problems. Fish bones are the bony, delicate parts of a fish. Technically speaking, it is possible for cats to eat fish bones, but only if they’re the raw variety and the right size for your pet cat. As a rule, you… Continue reading Can Cats Eat Fish Bones?

Can Cats Eat Cashews?

It is not recommended for cats to eat cashews due to the fat and sodium content. Cashews are kidney-shaped nuts that are packed with plant-based protein and fat. They are known for having good amounts of magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc. Cashews in itself are alright for cats to eat, but they must be… Continue reading Can Cats Eat Cashews?