Most people do not think of cats as herbivores, considering the fact that their diet usually consists of meat or meat based foods. If you are a cat owner, you are likely aware that cats love a grass snack on occasion. Even though cats seem to relish their greens, it is hard to tell if they want to eat grass and other plants because they taste good, or if it helps their digestive system. It is a fact that cats and dogs will eat grass to induce regurgitation of whatever is making them feel sick. This may be nature’s way of helping them avoid a serious problem caused by spoiled or toxic substances they have ingested.
If you are like most cat owners, you also have houseplants in your home. This can present a problem if your cat does not have some grass available, because he or she may decide to sample whatever greens are within reach. Some houseplants are poisonous, and can make your kitty very sick or even be fatal. For this reason, it is a good idea to grow a small container of grass especially for your cat. Most cat grass is actually wheat grass, and is very easy to grow in the small container provided. Some containers include wheat, rye, barley and oat seeds for discriminating cats who like some variety.
Growing some grass for your cat is really quite simple. Cat grass can be purchased in disposable plastic trays, or you can purchase an attractive wood container that you can reseed when necessary. You should allow the grass to grow to a height of four inches before serving it to your pet. The grass seed is inexpensive, grows fast and the grass will usually regrow just like your lawn. Cats typically only eat a small amount of the grass, but some cats will overeat or binge on the grass. This can cause him to regurgitate, and may indicate a digestive problem. If this happens often, a visit to your veterinarian to rule out a possible serious health issue is probably a good idea.
Proponents of cat grass state that it adds vitamins and folic acid to the diet of their cat, and also increases roughage that can help prevent hairballs. Some people also report fresher breath for their pets. Whether cats eat grass because they enjoy it, or if their instinct tells them they need it is unimportant. Many cat owners provide it for their cat simply because it is an easy way to keep their pet happier and healthier