Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Poorly cat fed on cheese and milk makes remarkable recovery

It’s a common misconception that cats can be fed milk, when in fact most felines are lactose intolerant.

Cats often find it difficult to digest dairy products, and they do not give them the nutrients they need to live a healthy life.

tortoiseshell cat with fur loss in a cat pen
Maisey when she arrived in our care, with severe fur loss across her body
When poor moggy Maisey arrived at our Bridgend Adoption Centre, it became apparent that she had been fed a diet of cheese and milk, causing her several health problems.

She was very thin, suffering from diarrhoea and her coat was in a very poor condition, with severe fur loss and open sores on her body.

tortoiseshell cat wearing vet-prescribed grey vest
Maisey wearing a vet-prescribed vest as part of her recovery
The five-year-old tortoiseshell kitty had been given up to Cats Protection after her owners were evicted, and when she arrived she was very anxious and shy, choosing to hide away in her pen most of the time.

The team at the centre put her on a special sensitive diet right away, as well as giving her steroids and antibiotics to get her back to full health.

tortoiseshell cat being stroked by Cats Protection volunteer
Maisey after her treatment, ready to find a new home
After five weeks of love and care Maisey made a remarkable recovery and became a happy and healthy cat.

It wasn’t long before she caught the eye of a new owner, and she is now living in her forever home where she enjoys a nutritious diet of complete cat food.

To find out more about what you should feed your cat, visit www.cats.org.uk/diet


  1. People generally can hold so many misconceptions about animals, pets and their individual needs including diet and behaviours.
    I really wish that these problems could be addressed in education starting at early ages. We are lucky to have animals in our lives, especially the ones who allow us to enjoy their company. If anyone is not sure about any animal/pet care, please find out by enquiring with appropriate agencies etc, there is loads of good information out there

  2. well done that little cat is the spitting image of my beautiful pipsqueak