Have you ever seen your cat eating grass and wondered, “Why in the world is she doing that?” or why do cats eat grass? If you have, you are certainly not alone. A lot of us cat owners are perplexed by our cat’s strange behaviors and eating grass is definitely one of those.
So, why do cats eat grass? And, even though it is gross, why do we often find whole pieces of grass in their throw up? We looked it up and found some answers that help explain this quirky behavior.
Why Do Cats Eat Grass?
It’s a natural laxative
Experts theorize that grass acts as a natural laxative and it helps our cats counteract any cases of indigestion. Cats tend to throw up…a lot. Whether it is because of overeating or fur balls, you can always count on finding some wet mass on your floor from your kitty from time to time. But when they ingest grass, it helps them digest their food and they can go in the litter instead of the other side.
Grass contains folic acid
Kittens used to get their folic acid from their mother’s milk. Sometimes they still need that essential vitamin and they can find it in the grass. It helps their overall bodily functions and assists in blood flow. Just like we get wheatgrass shots at the juice bar, except they don’t have to pay $10 and it’s right in the backyard.
It relieves their upset stomach
Sometimes cats eat grass and then they throw up. This is because they don’t have the proper enzymes to digest a lot of grass. However, your cat usually knows this and does it for a reason. They usually have fur or something else in their stomach that is bothering them and by eating grass it gives them relief.
While it is okay for cats to eat grass, you still have to be careful. If your lawn is treated with toxins for bug then you absolutely don’t want your cat eating that grass. Also, they may confuse grass with other plants or flowers that are also toxic to them. Make sure to look at this list of toxic and non-toxic plants from the ASPCA.
Don’t forget to give us a call for cat sitting services to keep your kitty entertained during the day! We’d be happy to be poked, come play, walk and care for them to break up long days when you’re out and about.