Yogurt is a popular food for many pet parents! And no wonder when it’s so good for your health. Yogurt comes in many varieties, too. But what happens if you leave a yogurt container on the counter and your cat eats some? Can yogurt make a cat sick?
Has your cat eaten yogurt? Are you worried the yogurt will make your cat sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your cat eats something like this.
We’ve gathered information about yogurt and whether it can make a cat sick. Let’s get started!
What is Yogurt?
Yogurt is a food that’s made by fermenting milk. Bacteria are used to make yogurt. It can be made from cow’s milk (the most commonly used) and milk from other animals, including mares, ewes, goats, water buffalo, camels, yaks, and more.
It seems that yogurt has been eaten by humans for thousands of years, going back to the Neolithic period.
Yogurt is a healthy food because it contains live bacteria that are beneficial to the immune system and the digestive tract. It also contains vitamins and nutrients that help the body.
But what happens if a cat eats yogurt? Can yogurt make a cat sick?
Yogurt & Cats
The good news is that yogurt is not toxic to cats. And it can be a healthy treat given in small amounts. However, some cats may become sick from yogurt. These cats may be lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy products.
Another issue to watch for is that some yogurts are made with sugar or artificial sweeteners. Some of these can make a cat sick. One artificial sweetener that’s toxic to cats is xylitol. If your cat eats yogurt with xylitol, call the vet immediately. This ingredient is extremely toxic to cats.
Symptoms of Yogurt Ingestion in Cats
You may notice these symptoms if your cat has eaten yogurt:
Hives & furious itching
- Red, irritated skin
- Breathing difficulties
If your cat is showing these symptoms, it’s best to call the vet. This could be an emergency.
- Abdominal pain
- Increased thirst
If your cat is showing these symptoms, it’s best to call the vet. She may be lactose intolerant and need treatment to calm her digestive system.
Treatment of Yogurt Ingestion in Cats
For cats that have been diagnosed with allergy symptoms, the vet may treat the cat with antihistamines, corticosteroids, and other medications. If your fur baby is having breathing problems, she may need supplemental oxygen and/or a breathing treatment (to help open her lungs and relax her airways).
If your feline companion is having an anaphylactic reaction (severe allergic reaction), the vet may treat her with epinephrine to stop the reaction. In this case, your fur baby may need to be hospitalized until she’s in stable condition.
If your cat has been diagnosed with lactose intolerance, the vet may need to give her an IV with fluids if she’s had persistent vomiting and diarrhea. The vet may also give her medication to calm her GI tract. In severe cases, it may be necessary to hospitalize your cat until she’s feeling a bit better.
The prognosis is best for cats who receive prompt medical treatment if they experience an allergic reaction or lactose intolerance. In the future, the vet will probably say it’s best not to allow your cat to eat yogurt. You’ll both be happier for it!