Have you ever stepped in a pile of wet, half-digested grass on your carpet? At that moment, even the most beloved cat is not appreciated. Cat owners wrack their brain, wondering why in the world their cat eats grass. Is it bad for them? Why do they throw it back up?
Read on to find out.
Cat grass eating FAQ:
Q: Is it safe for my cat?
A: As long as there are no fertilizers or pesticides on the grass, eating most types of grass is not only safe, it’s can even be good for your kitty. Believe it or not, some people even grow grass in an indoor pot for their cat to feast on!
Q: Why do they eat it?
A: Cats eat grass for 3 main reasons:
- To supplement their diet: The juices from grass contain vitamin B9 (folic acid), which increases oxygen in the blood and supports the cat’s growth. Your cat may be grazing on your lawn because they are deficient in folic acid.
- It’s a natural laxative: Grasses, especially broad grasses, can help a cat’s digestion and regulate their bowel movements. This is even more important if the cat’s digestive tract is clogged with fur.
- It can relieve an upset stomach: While broad grasses have a laxative effect, narrow grasses can help soothe an upset stomach. If your cat is living outside, their stomachs will get bones, feathers, and fur in them from their prey. When they make themselves throw up by eating grass, they not only rid their stomach of these items but can even get rid of certain parasites.
Q: What grasses are best for my kitty?
A: An indoor or outdoor garden can be a great way to distract your cat from eating the birds and be a great stimulation for your bored cat. Best grasses to plant are:
What Plants and Grasses do Cats Like?
Grass isn’t the only plant cats like to eat, here are more plants you can add to your cat garden:
- Catnip: This plant can get cats a little revved up and loopy! Once they have eaten it and gotten the wiggles out, however, they become very tranquil.
- Lemon Grass: Cats enjoy this as a treat, and as a bonus, it repels mosquitos in the surrounding area.
- Cat Mint: Mint is a fast-growing perennial with pretty purple flowers throughout the year. Cats love it, many will lie down in a patch of it for hours, without the craziness that catnip can induce.
- Spider Plants: Planted in the right spot, this plant can make a fun toy for your cat to bat at! Be aware, however, that it’s not the greatest for you cat nutritionally, and you may find huge pieces of undigested spider plant pieces on your furniture.
- Thyme and Parsley: These plants provide healthy nutrients for your kitty, including vitamins A, B, C, potassium, and beta carotene.
Now that you know that eating grass is nothing to be worried about, you can treat your cat to a pot of their favorite wheat grass or make them an indoor or outdoor herb and grass garden! If you make a pot for them, be sure to choose a wide-based, stable pot that won’t tip and spill soil all over the living room carpet.
While you’re planting a little grass oasis for your kitty, let Cornerstone create a grassy oasis in your yard for the humans in the house – perhaps with a nice fire pit and patio for entertaining! And if you’re too busy, we’ll even plan a little kitty garden in the corner for your best friend.