Cats have not suddenly become vegetarian when they choose to nibble on some grass. There are actually reasons for why cats eat grass at times.
Although cats are obligate carnivores and only need animal based protein meats to survive, there is an important folic acid in grass that benefits the cats. The folic acid contains vitamin B9, which fights vitamin deficiency.
Folic acid is also available through kidney, liver, yeast, wheat and some green vegetables. Not all of those sources are beneficial for cats, however. Grass seems to stay around long enough though for them to extract the vitamins.
A vitamin B deficiency can cause anemia and red blood cell disorder.
Cats have, just like us humans, a need to take care of their teeth. Cats teeth will also get plaque, which in turn forms tartar. A lot of cats suffer from dental problems, such as periodontal disease.
By instinct cats bite on bones of the animals they eat, scratching their teeth to get rid of this tartar.
In addition cats use grass to floss their teeth.
We wrote earlier an article on dental health in cats and how to take care of it.
Through grooming, cats swallow a good amount of hairs. Next to that they also eat a lot of rodents, such as mice and rats, whole. They contain a considerable number of fur too. In the long run their stomachs get filled up with hairs. It will form a hairball, which they will try to cough up and puke it out.
Cats often eat grass to pass hairballs. The grass itches in their throats and although the folic acid is good for cats, it will also irritate the stomach and make the cat throw up.
Indoor Cat Grass
To help your cats out with the passing of hairballs, dental health and added vitamins, you could try to grow some cat grass inside. It will help especially for those cats that do not get to go outside. It will also help the cats that cannot find any grass in winter.
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