Yogurt is generally safe for cats to eat in moderation. It contains probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that can aid digestion and boost the immune system. However, not all types of yogurt are safe for cats to eat. Some yogurts contain added sugars or artificial sweeteners, which can be harmful to your feline friend. And most cats are lactose intolerant, which means some may have a harder time digesting yogurt than others.
If you want to offer your cat some yogurt as an occasional treat, plain, unsweetened Greek-style yogurt is the best option. The calcium and protein found in plain yogurt may help strengthen your cat's bones and muscles over time. And though most cats are indeed lactose intolerant, they may have an easier time digesting the relatively low amounts of lactose in yogurt compared to the higher amounts found in many other dairy products.
At the same time, you shouldn't feed your cat yogurt every day or in large quantities. A tablespoon or two every now and then should suffice as a tasty snack for your feline friend!
When you do introduce yogurt into your cat's diet for the first time, start slowly with small amounts, and monitor their reaction carefully. While some cats may be tolerant of the lactose in yogurt, others may develop stomach problems like vomiting or diarrhea even if they eat small amounts.
Finally, keep in mind that cats need to get most of their nutrients from meat-based foods, so a food like yogurt should never displace the meat in their diet.
If your cat eats yogurt and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. And if your kitty ever requires veterinary care due to something they ate, pet insurance can help cover the cost of treatment.