3 Main Reasons Why Cats Eat Grass

3 Main Reasons Why Cats Eat Grass

Author WCF Staff

03.06.2022.


If you are a cat owner, you probably caught your cat eating grass at some point in their life. Members of the pet community would agree that cats love to eat grass to induce vomiting and relieve their stomach pain. But that is not entirely true. So why do cats eat grass? Is it because they are hurt, or do they just love the taste. Since cats are obligate carnivores, this can be strange behavior. Stay with us and find out.

Why do cats eat grass?

There are a few possible reasons why would cats eat grass. In most cases, if a cat eats grass is harmless, but there are cases where eating grass will require your attention. Here are the top 3 theories that scientists gathered:

1. Grass will help with stomach pain

The most famous theory that grass will help cats with stomach pain can be true. This theory is widely accepted since many cats will throw up after eating grass. Cats could eat grass to help them regurgitate and clear their system of things they couldn't digest.

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cat eating grass

We talked to our vet regarding this theory, and she said:

"Eating grass could be connected with digestive problems with your cat, but it can be concerning if your cats throw up every time she eats grass. If you catch your cat vomiting after eating grass frequently, you should seek vet help".

2. Grass works as a natural laxative

There are cases where your cat will not be able to digest some things, and they could be stuck in their digestive system. In this case, grass can help them to pass. This could be a ball of fur or something else, but the grass will clean their digestive tract and remove constipation.

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3. The grass is full of vitamins

The grass is full of folic acid, an essential vitamin that will help with digestion, support cell growth, and help with hemoglobin production. Folic acid will help move oxygen through cats' blood.

Our vet said:

"There are cases where cats feel they lack vitamins and will eat grass to help improve their health."

Is it safe for cats to eat grass?

If the grass is not treated with harmful chemicals such as pesticides and if eaten in moderation, your cat can safely eat grass. However, if you do notice your cat eating grass excessively, there could be another underlying problem, and you should seek vet help.

cat eating grass

WORLD CAT FINDER TIP: If you own different plants in your home and your cat like to chew on them, you must be sure they are non-toxic. Some plants can be poisonous to cats.

Some cats will like the taste of grass and will eat it without any specific reasons. Such cats are in the minority but can still appear.

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Conclusion

If you catch your cat eating grass, in most cases, there's nothing to worry about. Even if you notice your cat throwing up after ingesting grass. There is no scientific evidence that grass will cause harm to your cat. If you have an indoor or outdoor cat, you should take care of her. If you notice your cat starts to eat grass excessively, consult with your veterinarian. Keep in mind to keep all poisonous plants in your home away from your cat.

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