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Cat Grass - How important is it for cats to eat grass?

February 26, 2016

Pet Nanny Care

It's a fact, cats love to eat grass!

 

Many pet owners try to stop their cats nibbling on grass because cats tend to throw up shortly afterwards! So why do cats eat it in the first place?

 

There is no definitive answer as to why cats eat grass, but they obviously like it!  Eating grass can benefit your cat in many ways.  Cats lack the necessary enzymes to break down and digest plant based foods and when eaten, cats are likely to throw it all up again.  This process can actually elimate indigestible matter from the cat's digestive system such as hair balls.  

 

Cats spend a lot of time grooming themselves and while they're enjoying cleaning themselves, a lot of hair may get swallowed during this process which can form into a hair ball.  Hair is indigestible and eating grass can help eliminate some of this hair - which can save you a trip to the vet!

Outdoor cats may also eat prey and end up swallowing inedible parts such as bones, feathers and fur - eating grass can help your furry friend get rid of these inedible parts from their system.

 

It is also known that grass contains folic acid which is an essential vitamin for a cat's bodily functions and assists in the production of hemoglobin, the protein that moves oxygen in the blood, which in turn helps with your cat's circulation.

 

For  indoor cats, there are many cat grass products on the market that you could purchase and for outdoor cats make sure that the grass does not have any pesticides or weeds that have been recently sprayed with a weed killer - these substances are harmful to your pet when digested. 

 

Happy nibbling!!

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