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06-20-2006 5:49 PM

In another thread deerbreh writes
I grew up on a dairy farm and we gave the test milk to the cats all of the time with no apparent ill effects.

And PurpleYouko writes

I thought the idea sounded daft so I put out a saucer of milk.
Then I spent several hours cleaning up cat puke from beds, chairs, carpets.

Most people know that giving milk to cats is not good but don't know why that is.

Many cats are lactose intolerant like many East Asian people. What lactose intolerance is is not the complete lack of the ability to digest lactose. Rather, it is when the body hasn't had milk for so long (or has never had milk before) that the body isn't used to such a substance. Like all lactose intolerant people, tolerance can be built up by introducing a small dose at a time and then increase the dosage.

This is why kittens love milk but as they grow older they begin to become more susceptible to becoming lactose intolerant. Ask any current lactose intolerant person. He'll tell you that he used to drink milk when he was little.

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