Does your cat eat grass? My cats have always eaten grass. When the weather was wet and nasty and I didn’t want to let my cat out, I would go out to my lawn and find a handful of grass for him.
Then I would feed him the grass, one blade at a time. He would gobble it down.
He had favorite spots outside where the grass grew tall, and he would munch on them regularly.
Okay, so you haven’t told me — why is my cat eating grass?
Like the bear, who knows what plants to eat to improve his health, the cat ate grass not because he wanted food, but because he wanted the help the grass could give to his digestive system.
Your cat lacks the necessary enzymes to break down vegetative matter. This is one reason why a vegetarian diet is not good for your feline. He needs the specific nutrients in meat to keep him healthy, and his system is designed to digest it.
Grass helps your cat digest wild game
When the cat eats grass, quite often it is because he has eaten wild prey and cannot digest all parts of that meal. Eating grass will cause him to regurgitate, and all the indigestible things in his stomach will come up with the grass. Gross, but still smart on the cat’s part to know how to take care of the problem.
The juices in the grass contain folic acid, an essential vitamin for a cat’s bodily functions. The juice helps to produce hemoglobin, which is the protein that moves oxygen in the blood.
Also, the grass can act as a natural laxative and can help relieve indigestion. When fur that the cat has ingested moves to the digestive tract, the cat needs help to break it down. Your smart kitty somehow knows that eating some grass will help this digestive process.
It is thought that eating grass may also relieve a sore throat.
Check your house plants for toxicity
One thing you want to insure is that all of your houseplants are non-toxic. Then, in the winter when there is no grass outside, grow a little container of grass for the cat. He will be thankful for it, and will not try to eat your houseplants.
This information is from PetMD, a good online cat information source.
Prior to domestication, wild cats often ate their prey in its entirety. Then, because some of what they ate they couldn’t digest, vomiting became part of the digestive process. They, too, would know instinctively to eat grass to induce vomiting.
Grass as a stress reliever
Sometimes cats eat grass to relieve stress. If your cat seems anxious, or is withdrawing from family members, or showing aggressive behavior, you might contact your vet to see how you might help your kitty.
How to supply your cat with winter grass
You can grow grass for your cat inside your house. I always kept a container growing in the winter. If we were totally out of grass, I would have to put the container somewhere where the cat couldn’t get to it. As soon as the grass blades started pushing through the soil, the cat would smell it, and wanted it NOW, not in a few days.
Be prepared — you might find you need more than one container so you can get a second one at the ready while the cat is decimating the first one. Start the second one growing shortly after the first one is fully grown.
It’s a digestive food your cat enjoys
My cat liked to nibble on three or four stems of grass regularly, but didn’t throw up very often. I think he liked the flavor. Also, the juice may have helped him digest his food quite effectively, to the point that he didn’t need to vomit.
If your cat eats a little grass, don’t worry. However, if he starts eating it excessively and vomits frequently, take him to your vet, as he may have a more severe problem.
To avoid the danger of pesticides or herbicides, you can grow grass for your cat as a safe alternative. Here are some cat growing kits from Amazon that you may find helpful.
by The Cat Ladies
Comes with rustic wood planter, seeds, and soil
Price: $24.97 with Prime Shipping
This is a neat container for your grass. It is one the cat cannot knock over.
Price $9.99 with Prime shipping
Catnip & Cat Grass Seed Collection
100% Sweet Oat Seeds
- Soak the seeds overnight
- Put them between damp paper towels and keep moist until they sprout
- When sprouted, spread them over the planting medium
- Put the grid on and water every couple of days. Put the grid on tip before the seeds start to grow, and they will grow through the top.
by The Cat Ladies
Easy-to-follow instructions and premium seed. Eight
ounces of seed, about 25 plantings. Certified organic
blend of wheat, oats, rye, barley, and flax.
Price: $9.99 with Prime shipping
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