Imagine a kitten. You probably envisioned a kitten sipping milk from a dish and wearing a ribbon around her neck. Kittens that are mature enough to be separated from their mothers, on the other hand, are old enough to drink water rather than milk. They are no longer dependent on milk for survival.
For the first several weeks of their life, kittens need milk. At that age, the kittens’ mother supplies the finest milk for their requirements. Orphan kittens may be fed goat’s milk, which is available in many major food shops and supermarkets. You may also give them a kitten milk substitute formula. Cow’s milk should only be used as a last option since it may upset a kitten’s tummy. By the time they are 4 to 6 weeks old, kittens should be sipping water.
Milk Is Not A Beverage, It Is A Food
Milk is produced by female animals to nourish their young. Humans utilise the milk of other animals to feed their older children and, sometimes, their pets. As a result, milk is a liquid food rather than a beverage. Water is a drink that the body consumes to keep its tissues hydrated and all of its organs functioning correctly.
Cats with Lactose Intolerance
Return to the picture of a milk-drinking kitten in your mind. Despite the popularity of this picture, many cats are unable to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk. This inability to digest lactose is caused by the progressive loss of an enzyme that was present at birth in their systems. Lactose intolerance often causes diarrhoea, but it may also have other severe consequences.
Water Is Beneficial To The Body’s Function
Dehydration is not well tolerated by cats. Water is required for the proper functioning of all cats and kittens. Water aids in the digestion of food, the elimination of faeces, and the prevention of crystal formation in a cat’s urine. It may also help to keep tissues and joints moist. Cats may receive a lot of their water from canned wet food, but they should always have access to lots of fresh, clean drinking water.