Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

Anyone who owns a cat will probably have noticed that sometimes your pet likes to nibble your house plants or your lawn, this behavior may seem strange for a carnivorous creature however it is actually quite normal for cats to eat grass and there are a number of reasons why they may do so.

What Is Cat Grass?

Cat grass is a phrase associated with grass which is grown specifically for cats to eat. The Latin name for the most common form of cat grass is Avena Sativa which is the common oat, the type you can make porridge from. However although this is the preferred grass type for cats it is not the only type of grass which is suitable. Flax, Barley and Wheat grass are also often referred to as cat grass, catnip is often categorised as cat grass too however catnip is not a grass.

Grow Your Own Cat Grass Kit
  • Helps prevent hair ball formation.
  • Easy to grow. Great fun for kids also.
  • 100% natural barley seed. No added chemicals.
  • 50gram, 100gram seed only packs or 100gram pack with tray
  • Suitable for cats and kittens

Why Does My Cat Eat Grass?

There are several reasons why cats may enjoy eating grass, grass is full of vital vitamins which your cat may be lacking in it’s diet. Grass also helps cats to digest food and dislodge hairballs.

Is Cat Grass Good For Cats?

Cat grass is a great supplement to your cat’s diet as it is filled with vitamins and minerals which have plenty of health benefits. It may be that cats get urges to eat grass when they have a deficiency in the following vitamins that cat grass contains:

  • Folic Acid: Folic acid is great for your cats health as it helps increase blood oxygen levels.
  • Vitamin A: This helps with growth, muscle maintenance and maintaining your cat’s ability to see well in the dark.
  • Vitamin B: These vitamins help in maintaining a healthy and fully functional nervous system.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps your cat absorb vital minerals and also helps ensure that their immune systems stay healthy and functional.
  • Vitamin K: Is important for good liver function and also help minimise the risk of blood clots forming in your cat.
  • Vitamin E: Helps boost your cat’s immune system and is also great for their coat and skin.
  • Chlorophyll: This is the pigment that gives grass it’s colour, it is useful in the healing process for your cat and also helps with bad breath too!
ginger cat eating grass from a lawn

Lawn grass may make your cat ill if it has been treated with any pesticides.

Cat Grass Helps With Digestion

Throwing Up Hairballs

Grass is emetic, this means that it can be used to induce vomiting because of it’s high fibre. You cat may choose to eat grass if they have a particularly troublesome hairball which they are struggling to get rid of.

Throwing up may not look nice but it can actually be good for your cat as it helps clear their stomach of things like hair, parasites, bones, dirt and other foreign bodies that shouldn’t be there.

Dealing With Constipation

Cats can suffer from constipation if they are suffering from stress or if their diet is poor. Grass is natures laxative so will help your cat get unblocked…encouraging your cat to drink more water will also help with constipation too.

How To Grow Your Own Cat Grass

It is well worth ensuring that you have cat grass available for your cats to eat, failure to provide cat grass will mean that your house plants will definitely suffer or your cats will resort to eating plants outside which may have been treated with pesticides which could make them very ill.

cat grass is simple to grow

Cat Grass is very easy to grow

Fortunately cat grass is very easy to grow, all you need to grow cat grass is:

  • a small bowl
  • some compost or soil
  • Cat Grass Seeds [Amazon link]
  • a plastic wrap
  • some water

Once you have gathered everything you need then follow these five simple steps:

  1. Fill the bowl half full with soil and add the seeds on top.
  2. Cover the seeds with another layer of soil about 5mm deep.
  3. Water the seeds so that the soil feels nicely moist but not sodden.
  4. Cover the bowl with the plastic wrap and leave it in a warm dry place.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap in a couple of days with the grass grows through, it should take about no more than one week of growth until the grass is ready for your cats to enjoy.

Comments (2)

  1. Darren Corlett March 17, 2018
    • Dan March 17, 2018

Leave a Reply