Thursday, September 10, 2015

Why does my cat eat grass?

Cats are carnivores while dogs and humans are omnivores. This isn't a matter of owners' preference or what we think is best for dogs and cats - it is a biological difference. 

Practically, it means that dogs have the ability to create many nutrients through eating plant-based foods. Cats must get these nutrients through digesting meat of animals who already created them from eaten plants.

A cat that is fed a vegetarian diet will get sick. A dog might not love only eating vegetables, but he or she is physically able to handle it. This is also the reason why dogs can eat cat food just fine, but cats shouldn't be fed dog food.

So, why do some cats eat grass?

Cats lack the enzymes necessary to break down vegetables and use the nutrients in plants, but grass contains folic acid that is important to cats.

Eating grass doesn't necessarily mean your kitty doesn't get folic acid through its diet. Some cats just like eating plants, and there are several theories as to why. Grass can counteract indigestion. Some scientists believe cats eat grass to relieve sore throats, and others claim cats just like the taste of grass.

If your cat has an interest in eating grass and other plants, you should know that many common houseplants are toxic to cats. Outdoor lawns isn't a good option either - they're usually treated with pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers.

Invest in some cat grass. It is safe, easy to grow, and can improve your cat's life.

~ Maria Sadowski ~