Have you ever watched your cat drink water and thought “doesn’t that get boring?”
While it’s no secret that Siamese cats love water – whether that be drinking it, playing in it, or even bathing in it – when you imagine drinking or eating the same thing day in day out, chances are you’d get a bit sick of it.
Primarily, Siamese cats should stick to drinking water. But, if you’re searching for a tasty and healthy treat, bone broth may be what you’re looking for!
Before we dive right in, first we have to understand what to avoid feeding our friendly felines.
Can Siamese cats drink milk?
Fun fact: Most Siamese cats are actually lactose intolerant! This means they can not digest lactose – the sugar in dairy products such as milk – properly.
Therefore, it’s best to avoid giving your feline any products containing lactose, such as milk, cheese, butter, etc. That’s not to say your Siamese won’t cry for milk though, they still love how it tastes!
When a Siamese cat drinks milk, the undigested lactose begins to ferment inside its stomach. This leads to diarrhea, nausea, vomiting… you get the message. While milk may be delicious, it’s not worth the hassle.
If you insist on feeding your Siamese milk, only use milk specially formulated for cats. Try giving them a small amount and keep an eye on them to see if they experience any intestinal issues. If they’re good to go, you can give your Siamese a teeny tiny bit of milk on occasion.
But, it may be useful to know that milk actually holds no nutritional value when it comes to cats. Only when they’re a growing kitten, of course.
What can Siamese cats drink?
Now we’ve busted the myth that milk is healthy for cats, let’s figure out what our Siamese cats can actually drink (besides water, of course!)
Their Mothers Milk (As A Kitten)
Kittens need their mother’s milk to help them grow into the playful adults we know and love. After around 4 – 6 weeks, their mother will gradually begin to wean them off.
After being weaned, kittens will slowly become intolerant to milk and they generally have no need to drink it anymore.
In a perfect world, every kitten would be with their mother until naturally weaned. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Sadly, some kittens get separated from their mothers too early, so they need to get their nutrition from another source.
Kitten milk replacement is a great way to replace all the calories which they need to grow big and strong.
All of these proteins are essential to a kittens growth:
Cats are carnivores – they love animal fats. Milk is super rich in fats, that’s the reason they crave a taste of that sweet forbidden liquid.
If you want to give your Siamese a milk treat, you can always consider goat’s milk. Since the fat molecules are smaller than the ones found in cow’s milk, goat’s milk is easier digested for people and cats who are lactose intolerant.
Goats milk may still irritate your cat’s stomach, so keep an eye on your Siamese if you do choose to give it to them.
Bone broth, usually found in sauces and soups, is made by slowly cooking the bones and connective tissue of animals. Bone broth is super rich in nutrients and can be made by almost any animal-based protein.
This broth comes with a ton of health benefits. It’ll improve your cat’s joints, digestion, and liver health. It is also known to promote a healthier coat and skin.
The best thing about it is Siamese cats really enjoy bone broth! Rich in animal proteins, fats and has a hearty flavor – everything they need and more.
Bone broth is also super economical. Since you’ll usually throw away the ingredients (feet, gristle, bones, etc) you can just recycle them and make them into a tasty broth for your feline.
The only downside to cooking up this magical soup is the fact it takes a long time. And I mean, 20+ hours long. However, all you have to do is chuck everything into a pot and let it boil.
If that sounds like too much work for you, buying it directly from the store is an option. Although, you should always get the ones specifically made for pets. Human broths may contain extra ingredients such as garlic, onions, etc.
You can add the bone broth to some water or give it to them as a standalone. You can also mix it up with some of their dry food for a boost of hydration.
What can’t Siamese cats drink?
There are many things you shouldn’t give your cats to drink. If you’re thinking of giving your Siamese anything but water, always research it beforehand.
The following liquids are just a few things you should avoid giving your Siamese:
While the thought of a drunk cat stumbling around the house may be amusing, you should never ever give alcohol to any animal. Not only do they have no desire to be drunk, but they can also actually experience alcohol poisoning if they drink too much.
While it’s highly unlikely they accidentally drink alcohol, it can happen! If your Siamese drinks a tiny bit of alcohol, they should generally be fine.
Cats are more sensitive to caffeine than we are. If too much is ingested, it can actually be fatal. Although, it is rather unlikely they’ll be interested in your morning coffee. But, coffee that contains lots of cream can pique their interest, so it’s best to keep it out of reach.
You may have come across a few sources saying apple juice is fine for cats, but any type of sugary drink should be avoided. Cats don’t process carbohydrates well, therefore sugary drinks can lead to obesity.
If you’re sad that your Siamese is missing out on sugar, don’t be. Cats actually can’t taste anything sweet!
What should I give my Siamese cat to drink?
No matter how many times your Siamese cat wines for milk, it is best to stick to water. Adding a little spice of bone broth here and there can add a lot of variety into their mealtime. Of course, goat’s milk or any other treats should be just that, an occasional treat!