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im told giving milk or cream to cat is bad

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im told giving milk or cream to cat is bad for cat liver?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello again,

Milk and cream are not toxic to the liver.
Instead, milk can cause trouble when we fed to lactose sensitive cats as it can cause GI upset and diarrhea. This is a phenomena that varies by cat (some cats are very tolerant, others very sensitive).

Otherwise, in regards ***** ***** it is much lower in lactose but is also much higher in fat. And while this usually won't cause harm to the liver on its own, it is possible that by feeding high fat foods (like cream) frequently, we can see higher levels of fat in the cat's blood. And if we have higher fat levels in the blood, then the cat's liver will accumulate fate leading to a condition called fatty liver syndrome (aka hepatic lipidosis). This is where the cream is bad for the liver since this condition can make cats very ill, cause vomiting and lead to cats going off their food (which will cause them to release fat stores in the face of starvation and worsen the situation).

Therefore, milk and cream are not liver toxins or poisons. But the high fat content, especially in the cream, makes them something to give only rarely as a treat if at all. For routine offerings of cream could negatively impact the liver by causing fatty liver syndrome.

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