What the heck is Catmilk? Made and marketed by Whiskas, Catmilk sounds like milk collected from lactating cats but actually the opposite is true. Catmilk is a drink for kittens and cats that's 98% lactose-reduced, since cats are naturally lactose intolerant. Catmilk also contains Taurine, an amino acid essential for the health of your cat's heart and eyes.

I have to admit, the first time I saw small containers of “Catmilk” on our local supermarket's shelves I did a double-take. Could Catmilk be cat's milk? 'll blame my ignorance on just having browsed the cheese corner for goat cheese, which is cheese made from goat milk and not cheese made for goats to enjoy... or so I thought.

A little research revealed the clawful truth: Catmilk is made for cats and kittens because cats and kittens have trouble digesting cow's milk. Who knew? It would seem that all those movie scenes of cats happily lapping up spilled milk didn't show the unpleasantly messy aftereffects. As for those TV tales of farm life in which farm cats hung around at milking time hoping to get a squirt fresh from the bovine source? Definitely more appealing than stories of feline gas and bloating... or worse.

Besides being up to 98% lactose free, Catmilk is formulated for the nutritional needs of cats and kittens. The key is the addition of extra Taurine, an amino acid essential for maintaining the good health of your cat's heart and eyes. Humans need Taurine too but not as much as cats do. Catmilk also contains no artificial colors or flavors.

Not all supermarkets stock Whiskas Catmilk but in this day and age, that's not really a problem thanks to online retailers like Amazon.com. The site also provides reviews from cat-owners who have tried Catmilk and share their experiences which are mostly positive: 4.6 out of 5 stars averaged from 45 (at press time) reviews is quite enviable. Whiskas Catmilk is a great way for cat-owners to treat their pets though as with all treats, it's best enjoyed in moderation. (images via Weetzie's Cat-atorium and Chemist Direct)

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