It’s a familiar trope: a sleepy kitten lapping up a bowl of milk. So why not up the ante by giving your cat the best version of milk: ice cream?
I’ll tell you why: because most adult cats can’t digest lactose, the kind of sugar in dairy that gives many adult humans (including this one) an upset stomach — or worse. According to WebMD, “the most common symptom of lactose intolerance in cats is diarrhea.” Yikes.
That hasn’t stopped this trend from taking over Twitter recently. Twitter dedicated a Moments page, usually reserved for major historic events, to the trend this morning. For all the sh*t we just talked (literally), a lot of these tweets are pretty cute. Let’s look at some of them!
So what’s going on here? If ice cream is so bad for cats, who by the way can’t taste sweetness, why do they like it so much? Simply: they love the fat. Give a cat a bowl of fat-free ice cream (AKA “pointless frozen trash water”) and they won’t care for it. (It’ll still make them sick, though.)
What do you think? Is this trend cute, unhealthy, or both? Let us know in the comments below or @WhatsTrending on Twitter!