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Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

Although they look like the most basic animal, cats are very strange creatures for a wide variety of reasons. For one thing, they walk with a very specific gait to make sure their footprints are at a minimum. They also do a lot of cat things, such as staying in boxes, getting spooked by their own reflection and just run around without chasing anything. Unlike dogs, they also don’t view humans as masters, but rather as “equals.”

That, and cat.

Cats Eat Greens

That’s right. If you have a cat that’s allowed to go outside, then it’s likely that you’ve seen your feline family member nibble on a few blades of grass on more than one occasion. Furthermore, chances are that after they’ve eaten it, they would also throw up immediately afterwards.

A cat that eats grass and pukes it out right after? Perfectly, a valid reason to feel confused and a bit weirded out, right?

While this may seem like an unusual behavior, it’s actually perfectly normal for cats and there are a number of reasons behind this.

According to some experts, cats eat grass because it makes them regurgitate. Of course, this doesn’t mean that your cat likes to throw up. Rather, it is an effective way of ridding a cat’s digestive tract of all indigestible matter. This is important because cats eat their prey as is, which means that it swallows both edible and inedible parts such as fur, feather and bones.

Furthermore, the juices in grass also come with folic acid, which is an important vitamin that cats need to make sure their bodily functions stay at their peak.

Another theory by experts is that cats use it as some form of laxative, helping them counteract any form of indigestion such as those that they get from hairballs.

There’s no reason to worry as well, since research has proven time and again that cats do not get harmed at all for eating grass. Just think of it as some form of self-care routine for your cat. After all, it saves you a trip to the veterinarian.

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