Thursday, December 18, 2014

Should my cat have grass?

Cats are carnivores and will get sick if they don't get meat in their diet. There are several nutrients cats cannot make themselves that they must get through digesting meat of animals that already created these nutrients.  So, why do some cats eat grass?

Cats lack the enzymes necessary to break down vegetables, but grass contains folic acid that is important to cats. It can also counteract cases of indigestion. Some scientists believe cats eat grass to relieve sore throats, others that the cats just like the taste of grass.

It is important to point out that eating grass doesn't necessarily mean your cat doesn't get the nutrients it needs, and the interest in eating plants varies from cat to cat. That said, you shouldn't let your cat eat grass from your or your neighbor's lawn - lawns are treated with pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers.

Many cats turn to indoor plants, but this isn't a good option. Many common houseplants are toxic to cats and should not be ingested.

Instead, invest in some kitty grass. There are many kinds that provide safe options for kitty.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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