kitten in the grass smelling a flowerIf you have a dog or cat then you’ve probably seen your pet eat all sorts of strange things and sometimes they even eat things they shouldn’t. One common question pet-parents often ask is: Why is my pet eating grass? Unfortunately, our pets aren’t able to tell us why they desire grass, so we did a little digging and came up with some potential reasons why your dog or cat may enjoy grass grazing.

Boredom

Just like people, dogs and cats may occasionally eat due to boredom. Your pet may see eating grass as an activity that isn’t destructive.

Nutritional Deficiency 

Your pet may eat grass to fulfill dietary needs that aren’t being met. 

Digestion

Some pets may eat grass to aid with digestion because the fiber found in grass can firm up your pet’s stool.  

Feeling Unwell

According to WebMD, about 25% of pets may vomit after eating grass. A common theory is that pets eat grass to soothe an upset tummy and induce vomiting. However, the act of eating grass can tickle your pet’s throat which could be the real reason your pet vomits after eating grass.  

The Taste

Your pet may enjoy eating grass because they like the taste and texture.

But is eating grass harmful? 

WebMD reports that eating grass isn’t harmful for your pet but it may be problematic for several reasons. If your pet eats grass that contains pesticides or other chemicals they could become sick. Your pet may inadvertently ingest parasites, such as hookworms, when eating grass. Some pets that eat grass may mistakenly eat a poisonous plant. Frequent vomiting caused by eating grass is also unhealthy for your pet.

How do I get my pet to stop eating grass?

If your pet regularly eats grass, it may be time to make some changes in your pet’s diet and lifestyle. If you think your pet is eating grass due to boredom, try exercising your pet more often or play some DIY Pet Games to keep them occupied. If you think your pet is eating grass due to nutritional and dietary deficiencies, consider switching your pet to a raw diet, such as Vital Essentials, which can benefit your pet by helping to produce firmer stools. If you suspect your pet is eating grass simply because they like the taste, consider offering a pet-safe vegetable, such as a green bean, to eat instead. 

Although your pet may enjoy grazing on the green grass, it’s best to offer alternatives. To learn more pet care tips and tricks, check out our other Blog Posts, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit the Vital Essentials Website and enter your email to receive exclusive offers.