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Do cats really need grass?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I'm trying to get as prepared as possible for my new arrival. Meanwhile, I want to get necessary supplies. I've seen a lot of cat grasses, some in really cute containers. I wonder do cats truly need grass?

Mine will be almost totally an indoor cat, except when (or if) I can get her to go on a leash.

Is cat grass an item I'll need immediately? Or at all?
post #2 of 26
My cats eat grass when they dont feel good.
That is the only time I noticed that they even ate it. I bought one of those grass kits from Wal- Mart and they both eat it when they are sick but when they arent sick it doesnt get eaten.....
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by Big-Cat-Fan
when they arent sick it doesnt get eaten.....
Thats explained why Rosie and Sophie won't eat theirs that i've just grew!
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
Thats explained why Rosie and Sophie won't eat theirs that i've just grew!

post #5 of 26
I have no idea if it's necessary but my kittys have taken to eating all of my spider plants. They constantly graze, not just when they aren't feeling well. My dogs are also grass grazers. They love it. My vet said that basically animals like thier salads too.
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by dicknleah
I have no idea if it's necessary but my kittys have taken to eating all of my spider plants. They constantly graze, not just when they aren't feeling well. My dogs are also grass grazers. They love it. My vet said that basically animals like thier salads too.
Our cats have always been fond of our spider plants too. At first we weren't sure if they were ok eating them, but they've never been sick afterwards, so I figure it can't be hurting too much.
Eventually I'm going to get myself some catgrass and a nice pot for during the winter, my indoor kitties will like it much better.
post #7 of 26
I've always kept a pot of "cat grass" (oat grass or Cyprus grass) available inside for our cat(s), and they've all eaten it regularly. They also all have eaten grass in the backyard (untreated). I don't know whether it's "necessary" for their health, but they seem to enjoy it, and we've never had a cat with real hairball problems.
post #8 of 26
I buy sweet oat grass for my cats every now and then as a treat, but when they start to feel bad, or get sick, I got out and pick some grass, put it on a plate, and let them eat it... it really helps.
post #9 of 26
We take Harvey out on a leash sometimes and he doesn't really eat the grass he just chews on it.
post #10 of 26
Sam always eats grass and rarely gets hair balls, not sure if that's why but I know it helps. He loves grass and goes straight for it when he gets to go outside.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by Marge
Sam always eats grass and rarely gets hair balls, not sure if that's why but I know it helps. He loves grass and goes straight for it when he gets to go outside.
It might be... grass really helps the feline digestive system.
post #12 of 26
I'm glad I clicked on this thread...I just remembered I have to water my new package of cat grass.
post #13 of 26
My cat likes grass and doesn't eat if often but she eats it when she feels fine, not just when she is sick. I feed her hairball treats and haven't had a problem with hairballs at all since I got her them.
post #14 of 26
Charlotte loves her cat grass. She even knows which pot is hers!! I started growing cat grass to keep Charlotte from nibbling my other plants. Now I grow it because Charlotte seems to enjoy eating it. I'm not sure if Izzie understands about the cat grass. She watches Charlotte eat it, but then walk away without even tasting it.
post #15 of 26
Cats need greens to provide vitamins (folic acid), aid their digestion, assist in removing fur balls and increase roughage in their diet. Eating grass is a natural craving for cats. Healthy and natural cat grass provides an excellent source of vegetation. I buy the organic kind at Petsmart...comes in a real small pot and my cat eats it like crazy...its like a treat! I feel better with her eating this than the grass outside for some reason! lol
post #16 of 26
My cats just LOVE grass! Here's a pic of Elle chewing away!
post #17 of 26
Awwwww.

Now it that was Sophie she'd be pulling them out one by one, then Rosie would be batting them all over the place
post #18 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your input about cat grass. I mainly wondered if cats might have some nutritional need for grass, but it sounds like it has lots of other benefits, too. The grass is now on my shopping list.
post #19 of 26
I buy wheatgrass at the grocery store but they pull it out of the pots and play with it instead of eating it.
post #20 of 26
I decided it was necessary when Nano would escape and the first thing she would do once outside was go behind the building to eat grass.

Obviously it was something she wanted, and it seems to help her in some way either be physically fit or generally comfortable, so I provide her a small supply of wheatgrass. She might eat a good bit of it one day, nothing the next...it is just an option that is there when she wants it.
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
Great! I got a container of cat grass over the weekend. It's the type with a cat face, complete with whiskers and slit-pupil eyes who, I suppose, is smiling in anticipation of the grass soon to grow!!
post #22 of 26
i think it was Sanctie whose cat Connor was scared of his pot of grass!

after reading this i might try to grow some.
post #23 of 26
Cats chowing down on yummy yummy cat salad:



The cats aren't sick and they don't throw up (if they don't eat too much, anyway)
post #24 of 26
I bought Oliver a container of cat grass once... it grew and grew and he usually just looked at it - the one time he did eat it, 2 minutes later he was over on the door mat yarking it up He never went back to it after that and it ended up dying out when I went away for a weekend ... maybe I'll try it again with him and if he ignores it, my dog will definitely eat it! I swear she thinks she's a cow with the way she eats grass! (We had bought a container of pet grass for my dog so she could indulge while indoors and at the time I had parakeets that loved to snack on it as well!)
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by Nano
I decided it was necessary when Nano would escape and the first thing she would do once outside was go behind the building to eat grass.

Obviously it was something she wanted, and it seems to help her in some way either be physically fit or generally comfortable, so I provide her a small supply of wheatgrass. She might eat a good bit of it one day, nothing the next...it is just an option that is there when she wants it.
I grow wheatgrass for Dax even though she can go outside - she loves it. I have to re-sow it every now and then because she kills it by sleeping in the pot...

I use a bag of organic seed from a health store - so far the one bag has given several loads. Pretty cheap.
post #26 of 26
Missy will eat any plant in site (I only grow cat friendly stuff ) and loves oat grass.
Mister will only eat the oat grass and the babies are following missy's lead lol
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