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Why Do My Cat And Dog Eat My Grass?

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 30 May , 2018
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Many things that our furry and feathered friends do perplex home and pet owners alike. Among the most puzzling, though, is the grass-eating habit of many cats and dogs. Why do they eat grass? Can it hurt them?

We’ll talk about it in this issue.

They eat grass, but for different reasons.

Much like the well-known book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus,” there are some big differences between cats and dogs. While both do have a habit of dining on your lawn, they do it for different reasons.

Why do cats eat grass?

When your cat is eating your grass, it’s doing so for a specific reason. According to cat experts, there are three main reasons for cats eating grass.

  1. It enhances their diet.
    Vitamin B9 – folic acid – is vital for the production of hemoglobin in a cat’s body, and distributes oxygen within the blood.
  2. To relieve indigestion.
    Cats bathe themselves by licking their fur, and eat other yard animals, including birds and mice. As the fur, feathers and bones move through their digestive tract, eating grass – broad grasses, in particular – helps to break it down.
  3. To settle an upset stomach.
    When your cat eats large quantities of narrow grasses, it will most likely vomit because there are no enzymes to digest such a feast. The benefit to this is that your cat’s stomach is cleared of the stuff that won’t digest.

Why do dogs eat grass?

The prevailing reason for dogs eating grass boils down to the fact that dogs are omnivores (they’re meat and plant eaters), so eating grass is almost instinct. Other reasons include your dog simply being bored (it’s been proven that dogs will chew things when they need something to do), and the possible missing of a key ingredient in their diet.

Will eating grass hurt my dog or cat?

As long as there are no pesticides or toxins on the grass itself, your pet should be just fine.

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