Why Do Cats Eat Plants?
Cats are known to be carnivorous, meaning they mainly eat meat
However, this doesn’t stop them from munching on grass, leaves, and plants from time to time. This leads us to ask, “Why do cats eat plants?”
No one really knows for sure why they eat plants. It’s not that we can sit down with our cat and ask them this question and easily get an answer from them. Thankfully, there are some theories about why they eat plants. Read on to learn more.
Relieve Gastrointestinal Problems
Cats sometimes eat grass to relieve the discomfort and pain they feel due to gastrointestinal problems such as food allergies and inflammatory bowel disease.
For a cat, the grass could serve as an extra material to fill up the stomach and relieve the discomfort. It could also be that grass induces vomiting and thereby, eliminating any allergens or irritants in the body.
Need Additional Nutrients
Some researchers suggest that cats eat plants as a supplement to their diet. Though they can live by just eating meat, they could be trying to get vitamins and other elements from plants, too.
Want To Feel Full
Cats may eat plants simply because they feel or think they are hungry. If they don’t have other options, they may resort to eating plants instead.
Another reason cats eat grass is that they might want to get rid of intestinal parasites. The grass or leaf fiber might help to trap these worms or parasites as they travel through the gastrointestinal tract. The grass or leaves may then be eliminated together with the parasites.
If your cat suffers from anxiety, stress, and other behavioral problems, it could be that eating grass is a manifestation of these. Cats who are stressed out or anxious may choose to eat grass as a way to cope up with their problems. Some causes of behavioral problems may include exposure to negative experiences, lack of socialization, and trauma.
Some cats just love to chew on things with no apparent reason. Perhaps, they love the feel of grass or leaves in their mouth. Maybe, they are just bored and chewing on plants gives them something to do.
Some Precautionary Measures
Like in any food, be sure that your cat isn’t munching on things that could be poisonous and harmful to them. Since eating grass is considered a way for cats to heal themselves, you can permit them to do so, but not excessively. Trust your gut feeling if you know there’s something wrong with your cat.
Moreover, be familiar with plants that could be fatal to your cat. Examples of plants that are harmful to cats include arrowhead fern, lilies, cactus, avocado, crocus, daffodils, Christmas trees, and others.
If you believe your cat ate something harmful, be sure to call your vet immediately and observe your cat. Bring your cat to the vet as necessary.
If you need to learn more about cats eating plants, how to deal with them, and keep your furry friend safe, speak to your vet. Feel free to research more about this topic to ensure your cat is happy and healthy.
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