Is Cheese Safe for Cats to Eat?

Some cats may be lactose intolerant or allergic to milk proteins found in dairy like cheese. Start slowly.  

Allergy Risk

Too much cheese may cause vomiting, diarrhea or flatulence. Feed sparingly and discontinue if you see issues.

Digestive Issues  

Cheese provides protein for muscles, organs and energy in small doses. But has less nutrition than meat.

 Protein Source  

The saturated fat content in cheese can lead to obesity and heart disease if overfed long term.

Fat Caution  

Stick to a few cheese nibbles or shreds mixed into food, not big slices or chunks even if your cat begs!

 Less Than a Treat

Nursing kittens don't need any supplemental dairy. Wait until 6 month old for a cheese lick or shred as rare snack.  

Kitten Limits

Don't give cats unpasteurized dairy including cheese, which can contain harmful bacteria making them sick.  

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