Why do They do that ? – What’s the deal with eating grass

While there are competing theories regarding why
dogs and cats consume grass, a number of studies have yet to demonstrate a
conclusive answer. Here’s a brief overview of the current speculation

• They simply like the taste and texture
of the grass and eating it provides a sense of satisfaction
• It’s an ancestral thing – prey
of wild dogs and cats frequently have grasses in their intestinal system, and
domesticated dogs and cats still yearn for grass in the diet
• Our companion animals know of some
nutritional value in grasses that we’ve yet to uncover (like antioxidants
or similar)
• They do it to provoke vomiting if
they’ve eaten something that has upset their stomachs
• They are augmenting their keen sense of
smell with taste to uncover more about their
environments

Although we may never know
the exact reason why, we do know that this is one of the most often asked
questions of vets to date. If you notice excessive grass-eating with either your
dog or cat, you should consult with your veterinarian.


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Posted: 02/14/2007 at 03:05 PM
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