Whether you have an indoor or outdoor cat, you may have noticed your feline friend nibbling on grass. While it might seem like strange behaviour, especially when your cat is sick afterwards, there’s really nothing to worry about. There is no evidence to suggest that grass is harmful to your cat, actually quite the opposite! Many experts believe munching on those long green blades can be good for your cat.
Why do cats eat grass?
Unlike catnip, cat grass doesn’t induce a high in cats. There is no definitive answer as to why cats eat grass but some theories include:
- Grass acts as a laxative and helps with the passage of hairballs through the system.
- Eating grass can induce vomiting as cat’s lack the necessary enzymes to break down vegetable matter. This helps the cat bring up hairballs.
- Rich in folic acid like their mother’s milk was.
- Believed to help soothe a cat’s sore throat.
- Grass contains some nutrients which aren’t a part of their normal carnivorous diet.
- It may provide your cat with certain vitamins and nutrients your cat is lacking.
- They enjoy it!
You can normally buy a small tray of grass or a grass plant from local garden centres, though grass outside is just as good as long as you know it is not being sprayed with anything harmful like pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. Regardless of whether you have an indoor or an outdoor cat, you should make sure that all your household plants are of the non-toxic variety. I feed my cat grass a few times a week as she lives indoors and she loves it!