Why cats eat grass?

Cats seem to enjoy eating grass, and there’s no absolute answer why. Your kitty is an obligate carnivore that means it requires meat to survive, and does not rely on vegetables or fruit in the diet. But some kitties never read the definition, and they occasionally eat grass, flowers or other surprising things.

The question why cat eats grass has couple possible answers. The first concerns the hygiene and health of the digestive system: eating greenery allows the cat to vomit or discharge by exploiting its laxative power. The second has to do with the need to integrate grass nutrition with nutrients useful to cats health. Or it simply likes the taste of the grass or flowers.

The cat eats the grass and then vomits

As with dogs, it is quite normal for a cat to induce vomiting. It helps to get rid of fur balls or any stuck or hard to digest remanings of something your pet ingested previously. Grass usually irritates the upper part of the digestive tract and cause vomiting relieving your pet of things that potentially might make it ill.

The cat eats the grass and then has dysentery

Sometimes the grass eaten by the cat crosses the first part of the digestive tract and arrives in the intestine. In this case the consequence is a temporary dysentery that allows the feline to discharge and get rid of annoying constipation or air contained in the belly.

Fostering folic acid intake

Although the cat is unaware of it, grass can also contain folic acid, which serves to produce hemoglobin, which in turn is useful for transporting oxygen to the blood. This is therefore an ancestral behavior put in place by the felines to supplement their diet with substances that are useful to their health. 

Nutritious value

Wild cats eat more than just the flesh of critters. There’s not much on a mousy drumstick, and the partially digested plant or grain material in a victim’s tummy offers nutrients that cats readily use. So your domesticated cat might try to compensate lack of vitamins which it does not get as long as it does not hunt for mice or other grass eaters.

What to do if the cat eats the grass

Tendentially, for a cat who lives free or semifree, sometimes eating vegetables to trigger a regurgitation or cleansing the intestine is a normal behavior. Equally as a general rule a cat living indoors and eating only the food provided by its owner, dry or wet, should not have digestive problems nor need integration and at best could eat blossoms or leaves of home plants for the need to get rid of dust, hair or insect parts.

So if eating grass is a casual behavior, there is nothing to worry about and nothing needs to be done. Unless your cat eats the grass continuously or compulsively: in this case it may be the signal of some serious digestive problem which can not be solved with the methods naturally put into effect by felines. In this case, it is advisable to contact your vet immediately for a thorough examination and specific tests to deternmine your cats health problem.

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