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You’ve probably heard someone say it when they see a cat eating grass: “Oh, he must have a stomach ache.” You probably never thought about it either. What’s so awesome about a cat eating grass? But then you start to think: could this be bad for your cat, even though the grass might help his stomach? You never really thought about the potentially harmful side effects of consuming weed until now. So, have you wondered how to stop cats from eating grass?
The best way to prevent cats from eating grass is to keep them indoors. Outdoor cats should be supervised. Adding nutrients to your cat’s diet and providing indoor grass designed for cats will help. Modifying your cat’s behavior with deterrents can also help.
While grass is generally safe for your cat, you can never be too safe, especially when it comes to your fur baby. Let’s talk a bit about why your cat eats grass, what grass does for your cat, and why it might be helpful. Then you can make the call for what’s best for your pussy.
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What attracts a cat to the grass
The color and texture of grass is what makes it attractive to cats. Cats like anything with a rough texture; an example is scratch pads. With grass, however, or even plants in general, cats tend to chew on it in addition to rolling on it.
Like much of what cats do, scientists don’t know why cats are so drawn to grass over other things. Your friend’s flippant comment is probably correct, though. Your cat may be looking for grass because of an upset stomach.
After all, it’s not like your cat can go to the medicine cabinet and grab something for a stomach ache like we can, is it? Even if you love your cat, you may not realize that your friend’s stomach hurts either. Your cat needs to find a new remedy to heal itself.
And the remedy? Grass.
Grass can also be nice for cats to chew on. Once a cat develops this kind of habit, it will continue to do so, so alternatives are important to stop this behavior. More on that later.
Why do cats eat grass
Cats eat grass to get the essential nutrients they lack in their diet. Cats also eat grass to help calm their stomachs and satisfy their urge to chew.
In most cases, cats eat grass to help calm their stomachs, but not in the traditional sense.
So we think your cat is nibbling on your lawn because he has an upset stomach for some reason. The weed doesn’t work to calm his stomach. He does something more.
Cats don’t have enzymes to break down grass. So what happens to the grass they eat if they can’t digest it? Grass makes your cat vomit. It could be because your cat can’t pass a hairball or because his new food doesn’t agree with his stomach.
Whatever the reason, the herb can potentially provide much-needed relief for your feline friend. We don’t recommend letting cats use this method to relieve stomach pain, but it’s good to know what the herb does for them internally.
Why does my cat not vomit after eating grass?
Naturally, your cat may not be eating enough grass to make itself vomit.
Your cat may have seen higher bits of grass that you may have missed weeding and chewing, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to vomit. It could have been a bite out of curiosity or playfulness. Eating grass doesn’t always mean your cat is trying to get by.
Don’t worry, though – a small amount of weed doesn’t mean you’ll be scrubbing poop from your living room rug. Phew!
Do Cats Eat Grass When They Have Worms
Worms are one of the reasons your cat may eat grass. This is concerning and something you need to be aware of.
The herb acts much like natural medicine for your cat. Similar to removing hairballs, the herb can also remove parasites from your cat’s body.
However, your cat probably isn’t saying, “Hey, let me eat this grass because I have worms.” Your cat works on instinct. You won’t know if your cat has worms or just a stomach ache. You will need to check your cat’s stool after eating grass to check for worms. It’s a good thing to do once in a while, but don’t assume your cat has a parasite just because it eats grass.
Can cats that eat grass cause diarrhea?
Your cat may instinctively eat grass to make itself vomit, but grass also acts as a natural laxative. Crazy, right? You’ve probably never looked at weed that way before, huh?
Your cat may have diarrhea, but it may just relieve constipation that you didn’t know your cat had. Just like throwing up, it works to move something out of your cat’s system that wasn’t okay with it.
Your cat’s aftermath may be a little messy (read: “a lot”), but it does important things for your cat’s insides at the same time.
Do cats only eat grass to help their stomach
This is where you may need to be careful. Your cat is not a gardener.
Even if your cat is looking for grass, it might accidentally bite into something else. If your cat is eating grass near your favorite flower bed, it may be eating a flower or a leaf.
Not all plants and flowers are toxic to cats, but some may be. Your cat doesn’t always know the difference.
Why can eating grass be harmful
You may not think that eating grass can harm your cat. Still, would you take that chance? I know I wouldn’t.
Think of all the things that come into contact with grass. Sure, you can’t use weed killer on your lawn, but what if your cat goes into the neighbor’s yard who religiously uses weed killers? These toxins can be harmful to your cat.
Maybe you use pesticides in your garden. Okay, maybe your garden isn’t where your cat is, but the wind could be blowing the pesticides onto the grass your cat ingests.
Prevention is better than cure !
How to watch your cat outdoors
It’s not always easy to keep an eye on your cat outside. Here are a few tips:
- Use a leash for your cat. It may sound ridiculous, but you’ll be able to keep your cat close to you.
- Keep your cat outside, especially if you just want some fresh air.
- Create an enclosed space for your cat outdoors, such as on a porch.
The easiest way to keep your cat from doing something you don’t like on the outside is to simply keep it indoors. Unlike dogs, cats have no reason to be outside (although they love the great outdoors).
What Are Some Things I Can Do To Stop My Cat From Eating Grass
Well, discipline probably won’t work the best. If your cats look like mine, shouting their name a hundred times will do absolutely nothing. And if you chase them, you know they’ll come back to you as soon as you turn your back on them.
- If your cat is outside, redirect his attention. Bring a toy you can play with.
- Keep your grass cut short. I noticed that my cat usually nibbles on longer grass, not chunky bits cut close to the ground.
- Watch your cat. If it looks like he might have an upset stomach, talk to your vet about prescription medications that might do the same thing as grass.
What about catnip
Catnip might be a good alternative for your cat if you find that he enjoys eating grass outside. You can buy catnip seeds and plant them in a pot that you keep indoors. This way, you’ll know exactly what your cat is eating and won’t have to worry about weed killers or pesticides on your lawn outside.
Catnip can give you peace of mind and probably keep your cat indoors as well.
If you can’t always keep your cat from eating grass, don’t beat yourself up. Your cat is only doing what is natural. But still, it’s probably a good idea not to let your cat freely eat grass outside. Also, a nice pot of catnip doesn’t look so bad on the windowsill.