If you have ever had a cat as a companion animal, or you are a crazy cat lady like me, you know that cats are very particular. They have very specific dietary needs, usually only want attention when they are in the mood, and can capture your heart in mere seconds with their soft coat and purr.
Today my blog will focus on their dietary needs. Recently one of my cats, Lucy, has been sneaking outside to eat grass. Then she comes back inside and gets sick on my light colored carpet. This is such a joy for me to clean up. Although, I worry more about Lucy’s tummy and why she is eating the grass, than I do about my carpet.
To give you a little history, cats are natural carnivores. That means their bodies require a high amount of protein in their diet. Cats meet their blood glucose requirements from gluconeogenesis, using protein, rather than from the breakdown of carbohydrates in their diet. They are so dependent on protein that if their diet is lacking an adequate amount to supply their energy needs, they will break down their own body muscle and organs.
For as long as cats have been around they have been predators. This is deeply ingrained in them. So when Lucy bolts outside she is usually on a mission. When she finds her prey it is usually a mouse or other small rodents. When Lucy decides to make this her dinner she eats the whole thing, bones and all. A cat’s stomach cannot break bones down and digest them, which is one reason why they eat grass.
Cats regurgitate when they eat grass because they lack the necessary enzymes to break down vegetable matter. While it’s doubtful that cat’s enjoys the act, this up-chucking sensation may eliminate all indigestible matter from the cat’s digestive tract, making it feel a whole lot better. This is important because cats eat their prey as is, including both the edible and inedible parts (fur, bones, feathers, etc.).
I am very careful with chemicals and “fake” ingredients in my body and in my home. My pets and I live as clean as possible. So when I went looking for a holistic solution to Lucy eating grass and throwing up there were many suggestions offered by many people. Finally someone recommend a product that worked. Now I swear by Wapiti Labs GI Tract formula. It has no chemicals, or preservatives. I give my cats a half dose whenever I see them eating grass. That half dose keeps their tummies happy for at least 3- 4 weeks. Then if I see them eating grass again we do the same half dose. I usually have to dose them once a month. I purchased a bottle about 2 years ago and I am still using the same bottle.
Overall it is completely normal for cats to eat grass if they have an upset tummy. Whether you are sick of watching your cats throw up on your carpet or you cannot stand to see them hurting give the Wapiti Labs GI Tract a try. It is amazing, and all natural!
Krissy Ailara 11/16/15