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Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinarian.
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Experience:  BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
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Is it healthy or harmful for a cat to eat yogurt

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Is it healthy or harmful for a cat to eat yogurt?
Thanks for the question.

In direct answer to your question : Given in moderation yogurt is not harmful in any way to cats.

I know this because I have often suggested that the owners of cats who have diarrhoea give a teaspoonful of live yogurt to their cats twice a day. This has a therapeutic effect as some forms of gastro-enteritis are caused by an imbalance of bacteria in the gut and the yogurt seeds " good bacteria " back in.

Using live yogurt in this way is like humans taking those popular lactobacilli drinks which you see advertised.

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Scott Nimmo BVMS
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

I started treating my cat yesterday with a liquid dewormer, as I found eggs on her fur. Will the yogurt help with this as well, or should I not give her yogurt while also using dewormer?

Hello again.

1. The yogurt will not act directly against the worms but it may help prevent any gastro-intestinal upset from an oral wormer.

2. It is fine to give the yogurt and the wormer together.


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
My last question. I greatly appreciate your help. How often would you recommend giving the cats yogurt? I have 2. Both female & indoor. 1 & 1 1/2 years old. Thank you again.
Hello again,

No problem, please ask as many questions as you like.

It would be fine to add a teaspoonful of live yogurt to their food once a day.


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