08 Jul '11, 4pm

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

How often have you seen your cat happily chewing on blades of fresh green grass, and wondered why? You dish up the choicest cat food and offer gourmet treats, yet given the chance, Kitty chows down on the lawn as if she’s a snacking racehorse. But there’s little need to fret over the appeal of the feline salad bar, even when she throws it all up. Grazing in the Grass The juices in grass contain folic acid, a vitamin essential to a cat’s well-being. Folic acid, also present in the mother cat’s milk, aids the production of oxygen in the cat’s bloodstream. A folic acid deficiency may lead to anemia, and a young cat’s growth can be stunted if she doesn’t get enough of it. Do cats instinctively know they’re deficient in folic acid and nibble grass to right the situation? Even experts can only guess. For a cat who never goes outdoors, folic acid supplements are available, to be ...

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