Have you ever bought cat grass? It’s an inexpensive treat cats love to enjoy, but why? Most of us don’t think of cats as animals that want to eat vegetables.
“Although cats are obligatory carnivores (meaning they have to get most of their diet from meat and fish sources), they occasionally enjoy nibbling on something green,” says Dr. Jamie Richardson, Chief Medical Officer at Small Door Veterinary.
Here’s what you need to know.
Is Cat Grass Good For Cats?
Not only is cat grass a treat for cats, it can also be healthy and beneficial. DR.
“Eating certain types of grass or plants can aid digestion in cats,” says Richardson, adding that regular nibbling on cat grass can relieve constipation and help remove non-digestible materials (like furballs). It can also provide them with some nutrients like folic acid.
That said, eating it can improve your cat’s overall health. It can be a lot of fun for cats too. Fortification is extremely important to your cat’s physical and emotional health. Cat grass gives cats something to explore and nibble on.
Where to buy?
From pet stores to farmers markets, catgrass is widely used, but what is it?
“Cat grass isn’t a specific type of plant, it’s typically a mixture of grass,” says Dr. Richardson.
They are generally wheat, rye, barley, and oats. In addition to purchasing adult cat grass, you can often find seeds that you can plant in a container of your choice and grow at home.
Not all grasses are safe for cats
Since not all grasses are safe for cats, it is always a good idea to check the ASPCA’s list of poisonous plants before bringing a plant into your home, regardless of whether you intend for your cat to eat it. This is a great way to ensure that all of the plants in your home are safe in the event your cat is nibbling on them.
Why does my cat throw up after eating cat grass?
A common problem many cat guards raise with cat grass is that they experience their cat vomiting after consuming it. But as alarming as that may be, Dr. Richardson acknowledges that this is a common and normal occurrence.
“This is usually because they picked up the weed to throw up a furball or other indigestible object,” says Dr. Richardson.
It is important to pay attention to how much your cat vomits after eating.
“If you vomit just once and there are no other signs (like lethargy, reluctance to eat, etc.) then there is usually nothing to worry about,” says Dr. Richardson.
However, if your cat vomits repeatedly or vomits every time it eats it, you should have it checked by a veterinarian to rule out medical problems.