Cheese for cats, read before you feed your cat
Cheese is a milky product that contains more than 20 amino acids and vitamins such as: A; B1; B2; B12; D; E; PP. These vitamins are very important for a healthy lifestyle, maintaining good vision, beautiful skin, mucous membranes and the brain. Cheese contains calcium, minerals and phosphorus, which are very beneficial for the human body. Here the question arises: Can I give my cat this beneficial product? To answer this question, you should know several important points related to the cat's metabolism.
Why are cats attracted to cheese?
You probably noticed that sometimes cats are very attracted to cheese, they constantly try to taste it. There are many reasons for their desire. One of the most common reasons is that cheeses contain different additives to improve the smell and taste of it. These supplements are very attractive to cats' sense of smell. So cats wonder what this pleasantly smelling product tastes like. Another equally important reason is that cats want to try what their owners eat. They are very interested in any food their owners eat, sometimes when eating cheese your cat may look at you with such a gaze that you even want to treat her with your piece of cheese. But is it worth doing?
Why shouldn't cats be given cheese?
Let's start with the fact that cheeses contain a lot of lactose. The cat’s metabolism is designed so that they cannot digest lactose. Many people are interested in the fact that milk also contains lactose, but it is given to kittens, why should cheese not be given? To answer this question from the point of view of veterinary medicine, then it is better not to give cats milk either. But this does not apply to all cats, as we know, cats have age categories and just like people at a certain age they may lose certain features. In our case it affects lactose tolerance. Small kittens have the ability to digest lactose and can be given dairy products such as milk and cheese. However, with age they lose this ability and delicious cheese and other dairy products can cause many diseases: diarrhea, stomach pain, weak immune system, trauma to the digestive tract, constipation, regurgitation
Also, as we mentioned before, various flavoring agents are added to the cheese, which according to experts do not harm the human body at all. But the body of cats is built differently, and even these supplements can harm the cat’s metabolism. Therefore, in order to maintain the health and good mood of your cat, it is better to deny their desires and give them healthy foods.
What if I give cheese in small quantities?
If you still want to treat the cat with cheese, then you need to know what kind of cheese is suitable and will not harm them. It is recommended to buy hard cheeses such as Swedish cheeses: Gruyere, feta cheese and other hard cheeses. But do not give too often, as it can also lead to stomach problems. Try to give hard cheese no more than 1 time per month. Suggested option is to skip adding cheese to your cat’s diet at all. Because if your cat likes cheese, these is a big possibility that your cat will ask for it often, so it’s better to refuse and teach your cat a healthy diet. Many healthy foods can be very attractive to cats too.What can be added to a cat’s diet: - foods that contain protein (meat, fish, eggs) - foods that contain healthy fats and carbohydrates (butter, fish fat, offal) - vegetable products (carrot, pumpkin, cauliflower)