Why cats eat plants or grass

Although cats are consummate carnivores, they do crave a bit of greenery now and again. Even wild cats nibble grass blades as a between mouse snack. There’s no known nutritional explanation for this behavior, although some experts suspect that cats are attracted to the high-fiber and moisture content of grass. Another observation regarding carnivores in the wild. When prey is killed and ingested, the first area of the carcass eaten is the intestine. Some, feel this act furnishes the balance of nutrients needed for proper health. Whatever it s purpose, “grazing” seems to be a natural feline behavior, so you should consider providing your cat with its own batch of grass. Your cat will then be able to satisfy its “green tooth” without munching on your (potentially toxic) houseplants or eating lawn grass that may be tainted with pesticides or fertilizers.

You should be able to find prepackaged “cat grass” seeds at most pet stores. Plant the seeds according to directions, wait until the grass grows about 2 inches, then put the container within easy nibbling distance of your cat. Praise your cat for snacking on its “salad” and use a water pistol or noisemaker to send the message that houseplants are off-limits. If you’re consistent, your cat should quickly learn the difference between acceptable and unacceptable grazing.

If your cat has a tendency to binge on greenery and then throw up, put the cat grass down for only a few minutes at a time. Be sure to keep the pot out of view and out of reach when you’re not around.

 

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