Have you all wondered why cats eat grass every time? This is a common habit for indoors and outdoors cats.
Once in a while you’ll spot your furry friend chewing on some blades of fresh green-grass, you shouldn’t panic, but it’s beneficial to its health. Some of the common type of green-grass they love eating includes; wheat grass, orchard grass, barley and the common oat.
Somehow, few theories indicate how grass nibbling for cats helps them. Here are some valuable functions brought about by cats’ grass eating?
Helps them vomits
Cats are carnivorous; they eat a lot of meat. Therefore, when they eat their prey often, they consume almost every part of their body which includes;
Bones, fur, feathers e.t.c they absorb both the edible and inedible parts. Therefore, to eliminate the indigestible parts of their digestive tract, they eat grass to trigger and help them vomit these pieces out of their system.
Remember that cats lack the necessary enzyme required to digest grass as herbivores thus they use grass to act as the stomach irritant. How is cleaver the cat?
This act will irritate the stomach to cause vomiting. Vomiting will enable them to get rid of unwanted as well as all indigestible products in their digestive tract.
Also, it is said that they eat grass to allow them to vomit to get rid of intestinal-parasites like worms.
Ease gastrointestinal troubles
Grass acts as a laxative for cats. Since they lack the necessary enzymes to break down too much grass, it then irritates the stomach lining to cause vomiting in cats. When cats experience stomach upset or constipation; by eating grass
enable them to vomit out those different items causing queasiness. Therefore, grass-eating allows cats to bring up those indigestible furs and bones of their consumed prey to ease the general stomach troubles.
It’s enjoyable and for entertainment purposes
Cats enjoy the taste of grass; it has been reported by other cat loving friends that cats also love eating different types of greenery such as broccoli and cucumber.
We all know that cats are curious and playful. Therefore, they might be drowning in grass eating as a way of exploring the world around them while some to do so as a way of instantly attracting their owner’s attention as they tend to stop the cats from eating the grass with an assumption that they might get sick from consuming it.
The cats will, therefore, develop the grass eating habit in-order to receive attention from people.
- Provides nutrients
Folic acids are found in the grace juice thus cuts eat grasses to get nutrients and vitamins found in them to help supplement their diet.
These vitamins support the growth of cats and also help in hemoglobin production thus an essential protein that facilitates the movement of oxygen in the body.
Henceforth, it helps in increasing the level of oxygen flow in their body.
They get these vitamins while they eat their prey. For an instant, when they consume a mouse, they consume all the contents of their stomach which includes grasses
And grains. Therefore, when you see your cat grazing outside, it probably has a dietary deficiency, and it’s looking for vitamin boost by eating the green grass.
Cats do eat grass for their health benefits though they self-regulate the amount of grass they eat. Therefore, if in case your grasses have been treated with fertilizers or pesticides then it is safe to keep them off from them.
According to Cat Behavior Associates, they recommend that you have at-least a crafted-potted Plant of grass. This is to avoid worrying about pesticides or other chemicals that might be present or harmful to your cats’ health in your lawn. Dr. Benjamin
Hart, a veterinarian from California-Davis University, states that when your cat overeats grass than it usually does, then it might be that it has intestinal distress. It is advisable to keep watch over your cat and if necessary consult a vet.