Ask the Vet


Dear Dr. Schelling,

When I was a kid, we would give our cats a saucer of milk every day. Lately I read that cow’s milk is not good for them. What’s the truth?

Dear Cindy,

Many of us grew up thinking that milk was an important part of a cat’s diet, but this is actually a myth. While many cats like milk, it may not like them. This is because many adult cats are lactose intolerant. Cow’s milk is also problematic for kittens, because it does not contain the proper balance of nutrients. Click here to learn more about cats and milk.

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Every year my cat ends up in my Christmas tree. Do you have any tips on training my cat to stay off of the tree this Christmas?


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Dear Rebecca,

Are you sure you want to keep your cat out of the tree? We have so much fun in there! If you're really serious about keeping your cat out of the tree then I think this article on How to Keep Your Cat Off the Christmas Tree will help.


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