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Can Cats Drink Oat Milk?

Is one of the most popular questions asked by those cat parents who are ‘the diehard are the fan of oats’ and its products.

Oat milk’s popularity is booming. Especially among fitness freaks who have accepted oat milk as the ‘cow’s milk best alternative’.

The credit goes to its low fat, low calories and low-lactose composition which makes it a perfect drink for individuals who are lactose-intolerant or those who are on a mission to lose their weight. 

Undoubtedly, for humans, oat milk has many health benefits. But, the situation becomes a bit complex when we bring cats into the frame. 

But, just because oat milk doesn’t have lactose, does it mean it is safe for cats? As you know cheese, milk and dairy are not good for cats’ health. Should you put oat milk in the same category? If not, then where’s its place?

Now, we have a PROBLEM. And, that’s where we need to wrestle our minds around. 

You may want to know a quick one word ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer. But, trust me, there are many things you need to consider before you decide whether to give oat milk to your quirky friend or not. 

In this article, YOU WILL GET TO KNOW EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OAT MILK and its possible effects on your cat’s health.

So, Let’s first define what exactly oat milk is?

What Is Oat Milk?

Simply stated, oat milk is the milk extracted from oats.  It’s prepared by soaking and blending steel-cut or rolled oats with water and then straining them to leave the pulp behind. What you get is a creamy white liquid called oat milk. 

Oat milk is the most popular dairy-free milk substitute that is easily available in most supermarkets nowadays. 

This is because of fact that it’s lactose-free, low in fats and has a soluble fibre called Beta-Glucan that might offer health and heart benefits.

Although oat milk isn’t as nutritious as whole oats it is rich in important nutrients such as potassium, calcium iron, vitamin A & D and Fibers.

Major Nutritious Components in Oat Milk

an image showing major nutritional components of oat milk
an image showing major nutritional components of oat milk

Is Oat Milk Safe for Cats?

Having seen the Oats milk’s fascinating nutritional profile, should we consider, it is equally beneficial to cats as humans? 

The short answer is no. Oh yes,  it’s an unexpected answer but bear me for now and I’ll prove that in a moment.

Oat milk being Lactose-Free and Low Fats milk gives a solid argument to those who advocate, “Oat milk has no harmful effects on cats!”

But wait! You need to look at the other side of the coin too to make an informed decision.

Firstly,  cats are different from humans so their nutritional needs are different too. 

Secondly, oat milk is rich in Carbs if not fats and cats don’t need them. 

And the third con is oat milk commonly available in supermarkets is excessively processed, sweetened and has preservatives that are again bad for your cat’s health.

Because a cat’s diet should consist primarily of animal protein. And, this should come from organs and bones(not from by-products). 

To conclude, Oat milk is safe for cats only when you give her once in a while in small quantities. 

You may call it a treat or whatever. I don’t care. I just want you to avoid giving her oat milk as a steady diet. 

Is Oat Milk Better Than Cow Milk for Cats?

To be very frank, ‘Yes’. If you compare oat milk and cow’s milk with each other. Oat milk definitely wins the battle as long as we talk about cats. It is free from lactose. Lactose requires  ‘lactase’ (an enzyme) to digest it. Since cats are unable to produce lactase, oat milk being lactose-free appears as a better choice for cats than cow’s milk. 

Apart from this, oat milk also has a lower level of fats and sugar which strengthens its claim of being better than cow’s milk even more.

However, no matter what kind of milk you are giving to your cat, you should avoid giving it too often.

Can Cats Drink Macadamia Milk? 

an image showing major nutritional components of macadamia milk
an image showing major nutritional components of macadamia milk

No! You should not give Macadamia Milk to Cats. Macadamia milk does not bring any good to your cat and can create possible health problems.

Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs(though the exact cause of toxicity is unknown to date), they are not good for cats either. 

You may question why not? 

Listen, just because we don’t have the evidence of toxicity doesn’t mean that we can feed cats anything to cats. 

A study clearly states that one of the reasons for obesity is a free choice of food intake. Free choice of food intake can create an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure. Which eventually turns into obesity.

It’s a well-known fact that obesity can increase the risk of many deadly diseases in cats such as cancer, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, hypertension and many more.

In addition, macadamia nuts have excessive oils and fats which is not good for cats at all. According to VCA Hospitals, “Excess fat negatively impacts a cat’s health and longevity.”

Thus, macadamia milk is not something that you should feed your cat with.

Can Cats Drink Almond Milk? 

an image showing major nutritional components of almond milk
an image showing major nutritional components of almond milk

Cats can drink Almond Milk occasionally. Almond milk (like oat milk) is made by soaking almonds in water and then grinding them. It is then filtered. And finally, what you get is a white liquid called almond. Almonds are lactose-free, low in saturated fats and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. 

All these qualities make it a good alternative to regular cow’s milk. 

But don’t forget that almond milk possesses some threats too. 

First, almond milk contains a lot of sugars. Thus, regular intake of almond milk possesses a threat of obesity and dental diseases

Secondly, there are some cats who are ‘nuts sensitive’. Such cats find it difficult to digest almond milk and may face the problem of vomiting, diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal problems.

Lastly, almond milk has more fats than oat milk so when you compare oats and almond milk head-to-head, oat milk definitely appears a clear winner. 

What Can Cats Drink? 

What can cats drink besides water? It’s a common question which newly became cat parents ask frequently. 

Firstly, water is the best drink for cats. But there are certain situations when cat parents need or want to give their furry something other than water. 

So, in this section, you’ll get to know the ‘Best 3 Alternatives to Water for Cats and Kittens’. 

i) Milk of Mother Cat (Colostrum) for Kittens

You don’t need too much evidence to believe that mother’s milk is a great source of nutrition and hydration for kittens. 

Especially, for kittens less than 1 month of age, mother’s milk acts as a honeydew. 

It contains all the necessary nutritional components and antibodies that kittens need to grow, thrive and stay healthy.

ii) Special Kitten Formula Milk

Let me ask you a question, what do you feed your kitten with if she doesn’t have a mother her mother can’t feed her due to any medical reason? 

In such a situation, you don’t have any option other than feeding her with ‘Kitten Formula Milk’. This milk is specially made for the delicate stomach of kittens and does not have lactose and other substances that are difficult to digest for kittens. 

iii) Bone Broth

Bone broth is both a tempting and nutritious drink for cats. According to Animal Path (an organisation for animal care), “bone broth helps to remove toxins from the liver, aids in digestion, improves the health of the digestive tract, and strengthens the immune system.

Another benefit of bone broth is it provides relief to cats suffering from arthritis or other joint issues if they consume it multiple times a week.

Moreover, when bone broth is poured over dry cat food it attracts even the pickiest cat to gobble the food in a snap.

Can Cats Drink Goat Milk?

Against many articles that you find on the internet encouraging you to feed your cat with goat milk, I won’t recommend you to do this. Yes, I’m well aware of the fact that goat milk is one of the most complete and natural foods for humans. But for cats, the story is not the same. 

And, that’s because of the two reasons: 

  1. In research, it was discovered that about 65% of the goats had a prevalence of Toxoplasma Godii in their milk. That can transmit from raw milk to cats and then to humans. You may not know that cats are the most common animal that transmits the T. Gondii to humans.
  1. The second reason is, goat’s milk is not lactose-free. So, cats (who can’t produce lactase to digest lactose) face difficulty in digesting it. Thus, even goat’s milk can be harmful to cats and may cause vomiting, diarrhoea and some other stomach related issues. 

FAQs

Q1. Why Does My Cat Loves Oat Milk?

I can’t give you the exact answer to why cats your cat loves oat milk since I’m not your cat. LOL. Anyways, oat milk tastes different from cow’s milk may be because that your cat likes a novel flavour. But just because she enjoys drinking it you shouldn’t start serving it as a regular part of her diet because it is not beneficial to cats.

Q2. Can Cats Drink Rice Milk?

Rice milk is a pure carbohydrate so it will be very difficult to digest and can cause diarrhoea. Commercially available rice milk is sweetened and added with preservatives which is a threat to your cat’s health too. Also, it doesn’t have the necessary proteins. So, there’s no reason why would you like to give your cat rice milk?An image showing major nutirional components of rice milk

Q3. Can Adult Cats Drink Vegan Milk?

An average cat needs about 200 calories. Most vegan milk has a lot of calories due to the excess of carbohydrates. Adult cats are not designed to digest carbohydrates rich diets.  Another reason is that a lot of commercially available vegan milk contain preservatives and sugars which can cause obesity and tooth decay in cats. 


References: 

1.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10749030

2. https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/136/7/1940S/4664725?login=true

3. https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/obesity-in-cats

4. https://animalpath.org/what-can-cats-drink-besides-water/

5. http://folia.paru.cas.cz/pdfs/fol/2017/01/23.pdf

6. https://pets.webmd.com/cats/toxoplasmosis-cats#1