Can Cats Have Butter? What About Other Dairy Products?

Pet Health


January 9, 2024

Everyone has seen cute pictures of kittens lapping up milk out of a saucer, but what many people don’t realize is that most animals, including humans and cats, simply do not need milk or other dairy products after they reach a certain age.

In fact, after weaning, all dairy products become much less important to their overall health, so you can stop giving your cat these products at a very young age.

In this article, we’ll go over some of the foods people assume cats can eat but that they really need to avoid altogether.

Can Cats Have Butter?

To process any type of dairy products, the body needs an enzyme called lactase, but in both humans and felines, lactase starts to dwindle with age, which means that by the time cats are adults, most of them can barely tolerate any type of dairy products.

Even more importantly, they simply don’t need them at that point. To be honest, you can stop giving cats dairy products once they reach adulthood.

Does this mean that all cats will get sick if you give them dairy foods after a certain age? Not necessarily. Some cats are just fine with butter, milk, and other dairy products, while others can experience severe gastrointestinal problems, which includes diarrhea and vomiting.

Even worse, these symptoms may be exhibited within 12 hours of consuming the product, so it doesn’t usually take long for you to realize there’s a problem.

When it comes to butter, keep in mind that when butter is made, the fat and buttermilk are separated. The buttermilk contains the lactose, and the fat is used to make the butter. This means that, in theory, cats can eat the butter because it only contains minimal amounts of lactose.

That being said, butter does contain a lot of fat, and that alone means that you shouldn’t give butter to cats on a regular basis. If cats eat butter regularly, it is easy for them to become obese, and this is something no pet parent wants. If you do decide to give cats anything with butter in it, make sure it is only an occasional treat and you don’t feed them too much.

Can Cats Eat Apple or Apple Skin?

Cats can eat apples, including the skin, but not the seeds of the apple. These seeds can make cats very sick and therefore should be avoided.

Try to wash, peel, and core the apple before feeding it to your cat, and keep in mind that this should be an occasional treat only because of the sugar content in most apples. You should also give apples to them after they’ve been cut up in small pieces.

Why Do Cats Love Bread?

Cats love bread for the same reasons most of us love bread. It is chewy, soft, has a great aroma, and contains protein to stimulate their digestive system.

For the most part, it’s fine to give your cats pieces of bread occasionally, but because it is a human food and not specifically made for animals, you should never give cats a lot of bread or bread products.

Can Cats Eat Vanilla Yogurt?

If you’re wondering about other dairy products, including vanilla yogurt, here’s the scoop: you can occasionally feed your cats yogurt, but not the flavored types. The best thing to do to keep your cat healthy is to only give them plain yogurt that is unsweetened, and yogurt that is made without any artificial sweeteners, such as xylitol.

You can also give your cat small amounts of vanilla yogurt and watch their reaction. If there are no adverse effects, you can feed them the yogurt at another time, but you should still make it an occasional treat and not something you give them regularly.

Most yogurt is high in sugar and calories, so even if there is no bad reaction, they should only be allowed to eat it occasionally.

Finally, never feed any type of yogurt to kittens because it can cause them to have digestive issues. Plain, unsweetened yogurt is fine for most cats but even this product should only be given to them on an occasional basis, mainly because so many yogurts today contain sugar.

Can Cats Lick Peanut Butter?

Most people love peanut butter, so it’s only natural to want to share it with your cat. If you’re curious if cats can eat or lick peanut butter, the short answer is, yes, they can. That being said, is it a good idea to give them this food? Not necessarily. Just like any other rules regarding felines and their diets, there are exceptions to every rule.

First of all, keep in mind that peanut butter has no nutritional value for cats, who need different diets than humans and other animals do. This means that if you do feed them peanut butter, you should only do so occasionally.

Second, peanut butter should only be given to a healthy cat, so cats with any type of medical conditions or challenges should avoid it altogether.

In addition to these things, there are a few other things to keep in mind. Peanut butter is sticky and can therefore be a choking hazard, which is something you’ll have to watch.

Also, if the peanut butter you’re giving them has artificial sweeteners such as xylitol in them, it can cause medical problems, including seizures, lethargy, vomiting, and even liver failure.

Because of this, you should only give peanut butter to your cat occasionally, in small amounts, and include peanut butter without artificial sweeteners in it.


There are a lot of human foods that can be given to cats in small amounts, but you have to consider their nutritional value and the effect the foods might have on the cats’ digestive systems.

Cats should never consume anything that isn’t healthy for them, and keep in mind that milk and most dairy products are simply unnecessary, especially for cats with lactose intolerance.

To be on the safe side, it’s best to stick with foods that are made specifically for cats, and if you have any concerns or questions, feel free to ask your vet.