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Eating Grass and Your Cat

June 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Cat Care, Cat Health

grass and catMuch has been written in regard to the importance of providing cat grass to feline pets. Some cat owners make the mistake of preventing their cat from eating grass. There are various reasons for this, one being that they think it makes their cat ill or upsets their stomach.  This is an incorrect assumption and in fact the eating of grass followed by regurgitation is a perfectly natural behavior for all cats.  In fact, there is a great deal controversy as to the importance of cat grass–why cats eat it and if it has any value for a healthy, active cat.  Almost everyone will agree that cats do like to eat grass, and there are some real cat health benefits a domestic feline derives from ingesting it.

Cats derive fiber in a natural state from grasses. Cats do not possess the ability to separate meat from fur bones or feathers before eating like we do so they have to eat the digestible parts along with the indigestible parts.  When the cat has finished digesting what he can the rest has to be removed from the system. To try and pass this through the digestive tract could cause obstruction and severe illness so this is where grass eating comes in.  They can benefit from the additional vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and folic acid traditionally found in grass.  The additional fiber aids in prevention of constipation and buildup of hair in the gut, resulting in more hair moving through the intestine, which means fewer hairballs.  In addition, newly grown grass, which is a rich, dark green in color, is loaded with chlorophyll, a natural breath freshener.

Overall, grass can provide a tasty source of additional nutrients for cats and can help them maintain a balanced digestive system, while providing a healthy and enjoyable way to satisfy a natural craving.

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