Why Do Cats Nibble on Grass

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Why Do Cats Nibble on Grass
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Grazing is a common behaviour that is seen in both wild and domestic cats. But how much of grazing is healthy? Should you be worried about your cat’s grazing habits? Read on to find out.

Why do they do it?

Have you noticed how your cat regurgitates what he has eaten after nibbling on blades of grass? The reason cats do this is because their body does not have the enzyme that helps digest grass. So why would cats want to eat something that they cannot digest, let alone something that does not add any nutritional value to their

diet

? When cats nibble on grass and regurgitate it, it also gives them a chance to throw up any other undigested foods that they may have eaten.Grass acts as natural laxatives to cats. It helps them settle their tummy when the food that they have eaten is not completely digested. Take cats gobbling up a mouse for instance, when they do this, they eat the mouse in whole, and that includes the bones and fur, along with the meat, when ideally, they would want to eat just the meat. Now, if the bones stay in the cat’s body as is, they can cause issues when they go through the intestine, causing blockages or punctures. What cats instead do is chew on some grass after the meat is digested, so the bones and fur that have not been digested are thrown back out.

Can eating grass cause harm to cats?

Eating grass is not harmful, eating grass that has been treated chemically certainly is. The grass in your lawn may be treated with chemicals like pesticides and weed-killers. So if your cat has a tendency to go outdoors and chew on grass blades, you want to instead get her a pot of her own. Of course, you should know that chewing on grass is different from chewing on plants. There are many plants that can be toxic and cause harm to cats.Check with your local florist or pet store to see if they have healthy grass for your cats, before they resort to eating household plants. Cats usually enjoy nibbling on oat or wheat grass, and you will find it in the form of seeds or pre-packaged plants at stores. You can even grow

cat nip

at home; your cat is sure to love it. Of course, if your cat is eating unusually large amounts of grass on a daily basis you want to take him to the vet, as this could be indicative of an intestinal disorder. Supervise your cat’s grazing habits to see how much he/she grazes and what he/she grazes on.

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