Why Does My Pet Eat Grass and Plants?

Cat eating grass

There are a lot of different theories about why our cats and dogs eat grass and other household plants. Most pet owners are familiar with the theory that cats and dogs instinctively eat grass when theirĀ stomach isĀ upset to induce vomiting.

When it comes to cats, this theory seems to hold true. BecauseĀ cats canā€™t properly digest large quantities of vegetable matter, eating grass will force them to regurgitate which can clear their digestive tract of indigestible matter. In the wild this would include the feathers, fur and bones of their prey. For an indoor cat, this would most likely beĀ their own fur from grooming.

Dog eating grass

BecauseĀ dogs are omnivores and can more easily digest plant matter, this theory doesnā€™t fit as well. With dogs, it is more likely that they instinctively eat grass and other greenery to get important phytonutrients that areĀ not included in the commercial dietsĀ that we feed our pets. Getting these other nutrients and extra fiber from grass canĀ help improve your dogā€™s digestion, which they may or may not be aware of!

While evidence certainly does point to our pets eating grass to improve their digestive health, it can also be explained more simply. Some experts believe that indoor cats and outside dogs willĀ eat grass and other household plants out of boredom. Being cooped up in a backyard or apartment all day while mom and/or dad is at work can leave your pet wanting to break the monotony. If this is the case,Ā providing your pet with plenty of mentally stimulating toysĀ and games canĀ help break this habit.Ā 

The wrong grass can be dangerous!

While eating grass can be beneficial for pets and people, the type of grass makes a huge difference. Common lawn grass can be treated withĀ pesticides and other dangerous chemicals. It also wonā€™t contain the nutrients your cat or dog is craving.

Think about it like iceberg lettuce versus spinach. In even more dangerous situations, grass and plants around the house could have come in contact withĀ rat poisonsĀ that could potentially be lethal to your furry loved ones.Ā 

Eating grass has its benefits

While wild grass and plants can have their dangers, the right grass can be hugely beneficial to your pet. Newly sprouted wheatgrass made specifically for pet consumption isĀ packed with vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants and amino acids.Ā 

Just a few of the nutrients you will find in wheatgrass areĀ Iron, Magnesium, and Calcium, andĀ vitamins such as A, E, and B12.Ā It is also packed with fiber to aid in digestion. Much like the wheatgrass shots that people will add to their health shakes, wheatgrass for pets is considered incredibly beneficial.

More importantly, some pets, especially cats, justĀ seem to enjoy eating grassĀ and household plants. When we offer them a healthy and safe option, they will be less likely to ingest something harmful!Ā 

Looking for wheatgrass? Look no further!

We regularly stock wheatgrass! We only sellĀ organic wheatgrass, grown locally in Lebanon, Oregon. Here in the store, we not only feed wheatgrass to our own adoptable cats, we also feed it to our bunnies, rats, guinea pigs and birds. The great benefits of this nutritional snack can be had by most of your pets!Ā 

Some common houseplants that are dangerous for pets:

  • Most types of Lilies

  • Tulips

  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons

  • Chrysanthemums

  • Cannabis

  • Yew (common shrub)

  • Cyclamen

  • Oleander

  • English Ivy (common ground cover)

Here are some visual examples of common plants that can be toxic to pets. Always check with your veterinarian if you have any concerns regarding a houseplant or if you believe your pets has ingestedĀ something potentially dangerous.Ā 

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