Can cats drink powdered milk?


Under no circumstances should you ever feed your adult cat milk of any form. I know this might come as a shock to many. I told my dad this and he told me cats love milk and they should be given what they enjoy. However, this is not the case. 

Cats love milk because of the smell and the fat content. That does not mean it is good to their bodies. Adults cats digestion system does not work the same way a human’s digestion system work. 

Cats only utilize a few nutritional components which are found in cats food. Unfortunately, non of this nutrients are found in milk. So it makes no sense feeding your pet with something that does not help them in anyway. Furthermore, when cats consume milk they can develop;

  • Severe lactose intolerance
  • Kidney and bladder stones
  • Struvite Crystal
  • Obesity
  • Stomach upset
  • Weak bones and muscles
  • Reproduction issues and in severe cases
  • Death

If your cat is past the weaning stage, you should avoid feeding it milk entirely. However, if you insist on incorporating milk in your cat’s diet, I hope the cat is below 8 weeks and cannot feed on solid food. 

Is it okay for cats to drink powdered milk?

The mother’s cat is not always available to feed it’s kitten. If that is the case, then you can feed your kitten on milk. However, you should not feed it with just any milk. Cow and goat milk is full of phosphate and fat which might cause some complications to your cat. Powdered milk is the best alternative as it does not contain large fat deposit like cows milk.

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Remember, you are both feeding grown cat with the powdered milk. Adult cats do not need milk for what ever reason. If you are concerned with your cat being dehydrated, then you should teach your cat how to drink water.

  • Ensure you are giving your cat water in a large bowl. Cats hate when their whiskers are touch by anything.
  • Do not use a plastic or a metal bowl. The awful smell produced by plastic bowls can make your cat lose the need to drink water considering they don’t naturally like water. 
  • Always clean the bowl before giving your cat water. 
  • Try training your cat to drink water from the running fountain. This way they will feel playful and drink more water. 

For the kitten you can feed them with powdered milk. However, you should incorporate other formulas to reduce the risk of developing some issues. 

Can kittens drink powdered milk?

Yes. Kittens that have no other choice but to feed on milk can be feed on powdered milk. Although milk is harmful for adult cats, kittens are not lactose intolerant. This however does not mean you feed the kitten any milk. 

Before purchasing any cat replacer milk, Consult with your veterinarian nutritionist. He will advice you based on your kittens condition. Below are the steps you use to ensure powdered milk works for your kitten. 

Step 1: Measure one part powdered milk and two parts water. One part can be measured using a cup, a teaspoon or a measuring litter. The water should be warm.

Step 2: Mix the two gently until all the powder is diluted. To protect your cat from having problems digesting the powdered milk, ensure all the powder is diluted in the water. You can add some additives like karo syrup, bone meal or pediatric vitamins as instructed by a vet. 

Step 3: Feed your cat as per their weight

For every 115gram or 4ounces of body weight, feed your kitten with 2tablespoons of 30grams. Ensure that you divide the feeding into equal parts. Below is a table on how often you should feed your kitten in a day. 

Age in weeksWeight in grams Amount of formula fed to your catNumber of times a day
1 week115grams1 Oz 6
2 weeks201.26grams2 Oz4
3 weeks287.50 grams3 Oz3
4 Weeks373.75grams4 Oz3
5 Weeks453.59grams5 Oz3

After 3-4 weeks you can start introducing solid food to your kitten. Mix the food with the formula to create a smooth flowing paste. 

Discard any food or formula that has been out of the refrigerator for 24 hours. 

Can cats drink powdered goat milk?

Cats should not drink powdered goat milk. Goat milk had high level of insoluble gelatin and fats. This might cause some health problems to your cat. However, I’d you are feeding the powdered goat milk to kittens, you can consult with your vet if it is possible to feed them with powdered goat milk. 

Will powdered milk hurt cats?

Powdered milk contains less sugar, fat and other minerals found in normal milk. Therefore, it is the best possible replacement for mother’s milk. When feeding your kitten with powdered milk, consult with a vet and follow the measurements given in the table above. This way you won’t hurt your kitten . 

Do not feed powdered milk to Adult cats. It will post more harm than good. 

Can cats have instant milk?

The answer to this question is simply no. Instant milk is harmful to cats. Cats are lactose intolerant and most instant milk contains high amount of lactose. This might lead to your cat developing more health issues. A good type of milk to feed your cat is the one recommended by a vet. 

What kind of milk can cats drink?

 Although milk is not good for cats, there are instances where you must feed your cat some milk;

  • Sometimes the mother cat passes away when giving birth.
  • A kitten might remain orphaned if they mother gets hit by a car. 
  • A mother cat can refuse to feed it’s kitten. 

If any of the situation happens, you can find good alternatives for your cat. Some of the most common type of milk to feed your cat include;

  1. WHISKAS CATMILK PLUS

This milk is has 98% less lactose than normal cow or goat milk.

  1. The Honest Kitchen Goat’s Milk for Cats – 

This Goat milk is 100% human grade and specially formulated with over 1.5 active probiotics to help your kitten digestion. 

  1. Nutri-Vet Milk Replacement  

You can find other milk replacement for your cat in your local grocery store or pet store. 

Conclusion

Although milk is bad for cats, there are instances where you must feed your kitten with milk. This does not mean you should give your cat any form of milk. Powdered milk is the best milk replacement as it contains less sugar and fat. 

The guide above gives a detailed process on how you should feed your cat with powdered milk. 

Amelia Kteylor

Amelia Kteylor, DVM, attended the University of Georgia. She is a cat expert with 20 years of experiences in field. She has a passion as a writer and editor for pet publishing industry too. Amelia contributes to numerous pet magazines in the areas of pet health and groom. Further, she volunteered in cat rescue centers in her leisure time.

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