Behavior

March 2019 Issue

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

Urban legend is that cats eat grass when they feel sick to induce vomiting

Benjamin L. Hart, DVM, PhD, at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis, conducted a series of surveys with dog owners on grass-eating behaviors and published an article in the December 2008 Veterinary Medicine. He found that most dogs do not show signs of illness before eating grass and that only 22 percent vomited afterward. As for cats, Dr. Hart said that, “Cats typically do not appear to be ill before eating plants nor do they regularly vomit afterward.”

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