You may have caught your cat eating blades of grass on many occasions – your cat has then most probably thrown up in the aftermath. This leads many cat owners to wonder why their cat eats grass in the first place.
First things first…
You see your cat being sick and you immediately think the worst. Perhaps the most important thing to know is that you don’t need to worry.
As long as your cat is not doing this repeatedly, day-in day-out, eating grass in itself is nothing to worry about. In fact, some experts believe that eating grass may in fact be beneficial for your favourite feline.
How eating grass helps your cat
There are several reasons why your cat might be eating grass.
Firstly, your cat may be trying to throw up. While it may not be pleasant for you, or your cat, being sick is a way for your cat to clear out their digestive tract. If your cat is an outdoor cat, they may have consumed indigestible parts of their prey – such as bones, feathers, etc.
Cats also find their own fur extremely difficult to digest, so this may be another reason your cat is trying to regurgitate something.
Secondly, it appears that grass acts as a natural laxative. Therefore, if fur or other tough to digest matter has moved further through your cat’s digestive system then eating grass may help to work this through.
Thirdly, grass is a source of folic acid. Folic acid is essential for many of your cat’s bodily processes, including the production of haemoglobin.
Finally, your cat may simply like the taste!
Taking safety precautions
The one thing to ensure is that your cat is not eating any poisonous plants, or if your cat is repeatedly making itself sick, that you take it to the vets to get it checked.
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