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Can Cats Eat Grass?

Can Cats Eat Grass?

Yes, but be careful when allowing your cat to eat grass.

Some cats enjoy “grazing” or eating grass. This is normal cat behaviour and may be done by your cat for a number of reasons. These include but are not limited to inducing vomiting to clean out her system, relieving anxiety, or hastening her bowel movement. 

Your cat can safely nibble on grass as long as: 1) it belongs to the non-toxic variety, and 2) it does not contain pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers, and other lethal chemicals. Check out ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants to make sure you’re bringing home cat-safe grass and other plants. Examples of seeds that can produce edible cat grass include barley, oat, rye, and wheat. 

How to feed grass to your cat: Provide your indoor cat with her own little patch of plain green grass at home. That way, you can guarantee that she is munching on chemical-free vegetation. 

Owners with outdoor cats should keep their lawns pesticide-free to ensure that it is safe for cats to chew on. If your cat accidentally munches on grass with harmful chemicals, observe her for signs of poisoning. Depending on how much grass she ate and its chemical content, she may display any of the following symptoms: salivation, vomiting, diarrhea, twitching and fitting, breathing difficulties, shock or collapse, inflammation or swelling of the skin, depression or coma, and changes in drinking, urinating, and appetite. Contact your veterinarian immediately if these symptoms manifest. 

In summary: Just like dogs, cats can safely graze on plain, untreated grass. As a responsible cat owner, keep an eye on your pet every time she eats grass. If your cat displays pain, lethargy, or any other strange symptoms, get in touch with your veterinarian. 

Check out our growing “can cats eat” category to discover which human foods are good for your cat.

References: 

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

Why Cats Eat Grass—and When to Worry About It

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

Poisoning in Cats



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