Why do cats eat grass and how does it affect them?

When sharing your home with a cat you’ll inevitably discover the occasional odd behaviors they exhibit. Like for instance, why do cats eat grass? Some behaviors might be charming and entertain you, but it’s important to know if your cat eating grass is safe. Find out why it’s perfectly natural for cats to eat grass, and when you should be worried. Plus, discover some natural alternatives to grass to offer your kitty. While you’re here, find out if your cat suffers from a pollen allergy and what you can do about it.

So it’s official – cats eat grass. You’ve likely already observed this in your own kitty. In fact, researchers at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary School of Medicine conducted a survey among cat parents, in which they made the following findings:

  • 89% of cats ate grass six or more times throughout their lives.
  • 11% of cats were never observed eating grass.
  • 91% of the time, cats appears in good health before eating grass.
  • 27% cats vomit frequently after eating grass or other foliage

This research shows that nearly all cats eat grass – and are typically in good health when doing so. A widely-believed but inaccurate explanation for this is that cats eat grass to induce vomiting after they have been sickened or poisoned – but that’s not always the case. The researchers found that, after eating grass, most cats do not always throw it up – or show any signs of illness. Cats can be purrfectly healthy, and still eat grass. So that brings us to the question – why do cats eat grass anyway?



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