Ever since I was a kid, if I saw one of my cats eating grass, I knew what was going to come afterwards. And if I was lucky, it would be somewhere outdoors so that I didn’t have to clean it up. As any cat owner knows, cats will eat grass to settle their stomach and induce vomiting. Right? Well, a recent study out of University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine begs to differ.
Just recently, the results of this study on cats’ reasons for eating grass was presented in Bergen, Norway at the annual meeting of the International Society for Applied Ethology.
For the study, 1021 cat owners were surveyed, with researchers spending at least 3 hours per day observing and mingling with the participating cats to uncover the real reason why cats eat grass.
According to SmithsonianMag.com, among young cats under 3 years of age, only 11% were regular hoarkers, despite 39% of them eating plants every day, in comparison to 27% of cats 4 years or older.
While we certainly know that cats are the masters of hiding their pain, it seems that the results of this study clearly tell us that cats simply eat grass because they enjoy it. So it seems that cats eat grass because they can, and that they may enjoy the taste and texture of it.
So what does this mean for us, cat lovers? Well, according to researchers, we should offer our cats some cat-friendly grass to chew on from time to time. And additionally, our cats are not throwing up out of spite or on purpose. At least we don’t think they are!