The ASPCA , or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, just did an informative post over on their blog about feeding soy milk to cats. I know that many eco-folk are soy drinkers (I’m not however), and thought this would be of interest. A reader, Debra, asked whether or not it was OK to feed her cat soy milk.
We would not recommend feeding your cat soy milk in place of fresh water or as the major ingredient in her diet, Debra. However, if your cat likes a taste of soy milk as an occasional treat, it shouldn’t cause her any harm—just keep the portion small.
According to the ASPCA, “treats should make up no more than 5 to 10 percent of your pet’s daily caloric intake.” The introduction of “unfamiliar” foods can upset your cat’s digestive system (the same goes for dogs). If you are going to introduce a new food to your pet’s diet, you should do so in small doses. You should also check the ASPCA list of “people foods.” It gives a list of safe and unsafe foods to feed your pet. Most people know that chocolate is a no, no for dogs, but you might be surprised by some of the other items on the list.
For instance, did you know that grapes can be toxic if fed to dogs? Grapes and raisins have been linked to renal failure. They are still not sure why this is or exactly what component of the grape makes it so dangerous. Hopefully more research will be done on the topic.
While visiting the ASPCA site I found a few more links that are worth checking out. One of them is an interactive house. It allows you to go from room to room while it points out potential hazards for pets.