Let ’em Eat Grass

Cat grassBefore mom headed back down to southern California to pack up the rest of our belongings, she started some kitty grass (yes, I know the container says birdie grass) for us on the windowsill. Mom hasn’t grown us grass in a very long time and, as an indoor cat, that’s the only time I get it.

It grew quite nicely while she was gone and is now ready for us. Since it is in a cardboard container, it is not very heavy. Mom didn’t want to just give it to us to munch on because she knew the boys would just turn it over or pull it out and make a mess with it. So, instead, she snips it over our raw food just like chives on human food! What a yummy little treat.

How some cats eat grass

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

I know why I eat grass — I like it, but mom wanted to know what the experts say about it so we did some research on the internet. Here are some of the theories about why we eat grass.

  • Cats regurgitate when they eat grass because they lack the necessary enzymes to break down vegetable matter, so this may eliminate all indigestible material from the digestive tract.
  • Perhaps they like the taste of the sweet juices in grass.
  • It helps a cat to cough up hairballs.
  • It may act as a natural laxative, moving hair that wasn’t hocked up in hairballs and moved farther into the digestive tract, out the other end.

Dave’s Garden had the most interesting article about cat grass. Dr. Geoff Stein concludes that there are only the above theories about why cat’s eat grass and no evidence supporting any of it. He says, “Though I can’t say for certain that eating cat grass is healthful, I can at least say that it is probably safe in most cases. Offering grass to a cat, particularly an indoor cat, can distract them from nibbling on other, potentially hazardous and toxic indoor houseplants and other items. It is far better for a cat to eat immature cat grass than lilies, or philodendrons, or string etc. So I can say that in many cases eating fresh, young cat grass at least does not appear to be bad for most cats.”

OK, so who really cares why we eat it!?! I say, let ’em eat grass!

Christy Paws

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15 Responses to Let ’em Eat Grass

  1. Debbie Joswick says:

    We buy our cats wheat grass once a week. They are truly spoiled as I think the wheat grass could last longer, but hubby says his cat only likes the fresh tips?

    The cats LOVE the fresh treat that we purchase at our local grocery store in the produce department!

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  3. Our cat is an indoor cat.. but I noticed that every time we open the door lately she darts out to go get some grass, I think she loves it!!

  4. We love to eat grass ! We’re lucky to have a garden with good natural grass to munch ! Purrs

  5. I love how your mom sprinkles cat grass on top of the meals. She’s a good cat mom 😉

  6. Raven says:

    Whenever one of my kitties eats a piece of grass, they always puke it up.

  7. Kitty grass is a big favorite here too.

  8. I love to eat grass. I had one of those plants and I ate it so enthusiastically, that I pulled it right out of the pot. And made a big mess. Now no more grass for me in the house. ~Wally

  9. Kitties Blue says:

    We always hurl after eating grass, but we sure do love it. Yours looks super nommy. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  10. Mmmm….grass! Jewel loved to eat grass. I’ve been wanting to grow some for Carmine and Lita, but we really don’t get much sun on my side of the building. I wonder if I should try and grow it for them anyway?

  11. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    did sum one menshunz grass !! we R sew ther !! ♥♥

    hope yur week oh end bee filled with sea bass shrimp & sardeenz ♥

  12. Yep, We like to eat gwass too. Mommy grows it fur us a lot, and it always helps us hurl. MOL Yous got sum purretty pawsum lookin’ cat gwass there and OMC mouff waterin’ good lookin’ food. Enjoy.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  13. Yeah, let’s eat grass! We love grass too! It’s so yummy! 🙂 Have a PAWSOME day, sweeties! 😀 xx Roxy & Tigerlino <3

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