Updated: May 31, 2019
Why Do Cats Eat Grass?
It may seem strange when you see your cat eating grass. But just like the domesticated cats’ ancient ancestors, wildcats also eat grass. Learning more about why cats eat grass will help you to better care for your own cat.
Cat grass is a variety of different types of grass that is non-toxic to cats. It has no relation to catnip, which cats greatly love too. While cats are obligate carnivores and can survive only on animal proteins, they also enjoying eating cat grass as a digestive aid.
Has your cat vomited after eating grass? This is a normal response. In nature, after a cat has eaten their prey, they will eat some grass, which will then help them vomit the indigestible bits. This protects their digestive tract and intestines from blockages.
Cats may also eat grass for hairball control. During the summer months, most cats start shedding huge amounts of fur. As most cats love to groom themselves, this can mean they end up ingesting fur which can form hairballs inside their stomachs. This can become uncomfortable over time and most cats will vomit them up.
Another reacatsson cats will eat grass is to obtain nutrients they don’t normally get from their meat-based diet. These include vitamins A, D, and niacin. Additionally, grass can contain folic acid, a protein that helps with a cats production of hemoglobin.
There are certain types of grass that are safe for your cat such as rye, wheat, and barley. Some cats just eat grass straight from the garden and if this is the case, it will be best to keep your garden free from certain pesticides and fertilizers. You can purchase cat grass and cat grass growing kits from most pet shops which should be free from any dangerous chemicals and toxins.