Is yogurt good for my Cat?

My husband has started giving our cat a little of his yogurt on the back of the spoon. I think it is usually Strawberry. She eats it like ice cream. She is a Ragdoll and weighs about 17lbs. She is a long hair large cat.

Asked by Member 660097 on Feb 10th 2012 in Food & Nutrition
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Although most cats are lactose intolerant and have trouble processing milk, since yogurt is cultured, it is usually well tolerated by cats, and many cats like it. I usually let mine have a lick or two and no one has had any problems. If your cat develops diarrhea or becomes constipated, then you know she isn't processing the yogurt well. However, I only eat plain, unsweetened yogurt. At tiny bit of sugar now and then may not be a big problem (although better without), but I wonder about the strawberry flavoring. In any event, limit this treat to a few licks every once in a while, and if you see any signs of gastric upset, cease.

Lola answered on 2/11/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


As long as it's simple unflavored or fruity yogurt with no chocolate chunks, nuts, or artificial sweeteners and you keep it under a spoonful a day it's a reasonably healthy little treat for a cat; certainly better than indulging in ice cream. Just remember that it's a treat and not nutritionally complete enough to be a major part of her diet.

Cali answered on 2/11/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer