Why Does My
Cat Eat Grass?
If you have a cat, you have already probably seen him
nibbling on grass. Or if you keep him strictly indoors,
chomping on your household plant. Sometimes, he’ll even throw
up immediately afterwards. You probably think it’s strange,
too. After all, cats are supposed to be obligate carnivores.
That means that unlike dogs, cats need meat to survive. And
they don’t get any nutrition out of plants at all.
So if you’re left scratching your head and asking, “Why does
my cat eat grass?” here is the answer.
First off, it’s probably the best time to tell you not to
worry. Experts agree that eating grass isn’t really harmful to
your cat, vomit sessions notwithstanding. In fact, they are in
agreement that it may even have some benefits to the cat.
Why does your cat eat grass only to regurgitate it right
back? That’s because cats don’t have the needed enzymes to
break down the plant matter. He probably doesn’t enjoy throwing
up, but it’s the only way to be rid of all the indigestible
matter he just deposited in his digestive tract. In other
words, he won’t feel better until all of those are out so he
However, grass does contain something that could be good for
your kitty. That’s folic acid. Yep, the same stuff on mother’s
milk can be found in grass juice. Folic acid, of course, is an
essential vitamin that helps in certain feline bodily functions
like the production of hemoglobin.
Hemoglobin is needed to move oxygen in the blood. So your
cat eating grass is almost like you guzzling down that horrible
wheat grass juice. There are benefits to you both, even if it
doesn’t always taste good. Some may even tell you that cats eat
grass to relieve their sore throat.
Finally, grass also has the tendency to act as a natural
laxative. It can help counteract cases of indigestion. Put it
this way. You cat will likely be throwing up disgusting fur
balls all over the house. This is good because a ball of fur
stuck in his stomach can cause a lot of other problems.
Now say the unfortunate does happen and the hairball moves
deeper and farther in the digestive tract. Your cat will need
help to flush that thing out in his stool. Cats seem to
instinctively know that eating grass helps in cleansing his
digestive system. It helps break the hair ball down so he can
pass it put without needing to visit the vet.
Those are the reasons why your cat eats grass. Over-all,
it’s not really a bad thing to ingest plant matter every now
and then. Just take the appropriate precautions. If you have
indoor plants and you know your cat likes to snack on it
sometimes, then you better make sure it’s of the non-toxic
variety. Better yet, just get a small tray of grass just for
kitty. This is a good alternative to having your cat go outside
and possibly eating outside grass that may have been sprayed
with pesticides and other chemicals.
Your cat eats grass? Don’t panic. It’s not so bad.