Your cat may have some peculiar habits. Whether they’re a kitten or an adult cat, they can pick up a new interest or hobby at any time. Also, depending on how adventurous your furry family member is they may have the chance to get into more unexpected items. So, if you’re a new cat owner you may be asking yourself, “why do cats eat grass?” Fortunately, we sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold to learn more about this popular cat topic and what it may really mean for your best friend.
Why Do Cats Eat Grass?
and cats like to eat things, and that may include grass. While this may seem
more common for dogs, your cat may be curious. Nold breaks down reasons why
your cat may eat grass.
“We don’t know for sure why cats eat grass. Some speculate this is one way that cats make up for something that is lacking in their diet. For example, it provides fiber which in the wild they would typically be ingesting from the gastrointestinal contents of their prey. Another common suggestion is that cats may just like the taste of grass.”
So, whether they want a snack or just probing, it may be helpful to keep
your eyes on your furry friend. If you find them doing it often, it may mean
something more is going on.
Is it common for a cat to eat
A cat may
choose to do something once, or it may become a daily habit. Also, this may include
eating various items, including grass. Nold points out if this may behavior is
out of character for your furry family members.
“It’s common for normal and healthy
cats to eat grass or plants in general. In fact, many pet stores sell grass
specifically for your cat to chew on or some people choose to buy grass seeds
like oat, wheat, or rye to plant and grow for their cat. Further, these may be
safer ways to allow your cat to satisfy this urge. It’s important to keep your
cat away from chemically treated grass and toxic plants.”
Consider talking to your veterinarian if you’re considering giving your
best friend grass. They can help suggest options that are cat-friendly and suitable
for your pet. For additional safety tips on
a pet-friendly yard, read this guide.
Is it hazardous for your cat to eat grass?
You should always be mindful of your cat’s behavior when they eat anything. After all, the last thing you want is an unexpected trip to the veterinarian.
Also, every cat is different and you never know how they will react to ingesting something. For example, ” sometimes eating grass may indicate an underlying gastrointestinal disease, especially if your cat is showing other signs like weight loss. If your cat is on a balanced diet there is likely no need for them to be ingesting grass,” says Nold.
Further, consider slowly introducing new food items to your furry friend’s diet and keep your veterinarian updated.
Why do cats eat grass? They may want
Whether they try it once or eat it a few times, it may be common practice for your furry friends. But by monitoring your pet, talking with your veterinarian, and being mindful of behavior, your cat may enjoy their grass and all!
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