Why does a cat eat grass? Read here!
Many owners wonder: why does a cat eat grass? After all, it would seem that she is one hundred percent predator! But everything is not as simple as it might seem at first glance.
Why does a cat eat grass? A little about physiology
Eating grass by cats is not a whim and a whim of a predator who decided to temporarily move into a vegan camp. This is a physiological need that was formed back in those days when the distant ancestors of our murks and badgers did not cross the cave threshold and walked on their own.
The main prey for cats is birds and rodents. But purr does not have kitchen utensils and the ability to use them, so they are not able to separate the meat from feathers, wool, bones and other by-products. The choice is small: either die of hunger, or absorb everything entirely. And the stomach had to find a way out: the cat spits up all the excess.
Times, of course, are changing. Now we are at the service of cats, and as loving owners, we are able to provide those who have tamed an uninterrupted supply of fillets. But the evolutionary mechanism cannot be turned off that easily. So cats eat grass so that it causes irritation of the gastric tract, and the result is regurgitation. By the way, in this way, cats at the same time get rid of woolen lumps, accidentally swallowed during licking.
There is also a hypothesis that cats eat grass to get additional vitamins and minerals, because they choose mainly young plants that have more nutrients.
You may be surprised, but another version says that the cat eats grass to cheer up. Confirmation has not yet been found, but many have noticed that eating peppermint really pleases our tailed friends.
As a rule, the cat herself understands when the time has come to get caught.
You can’t punish a cat for unexpectedly burping! This process is uncontrollable. It cannot be stopped even if the pet makes a titanic effort.
It is better not to let the cat into the premises after eating grass, where it can stain furniture, carpets and other things dear to your heart. Wait until it clears the stomach.
What plants can a cat eat?
In light of the foregoing, this question is logical. After all, the availability of useful plants is a vital necessity for a cat.
One option is to take the cat to the cottage and provide freedom of choice. Unless, of course, there is the opportunity to provide a safe existence for the purr there. Then the cat, most likely, will choose coarse greens, for example, sedge or cereals.
If your cat is limited by housing maintenance, your task is to regularly replenish stocks of grass or grow it directly in the apartment. If this is not done, the pet can encroach on indoor plants, and this is not only insulting for you, but also dangerous for the puss - many of them are poisonous. You can plant a special grass, which is sold in pet stores. In addition, cats are not indifferent to mint. But the most popular “green food” for cats is oats. Other options are wheat or barley. By the way, the last three types of greenery are also useful for people.
Poisonous plants for cats
As a rule, cats are quite picky about food and avoid dangerous plants, however, even dangerous foods can become attractive in the absence of fish. So your holy duty is to be vigilant. For example, do not let the cat on the lawn if the grass there was treated with fertilizers.
There are also plants that are poisonous on their own:
- Tree of life
- Lily of the valley