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​Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

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When you see your cat or dog eat grass you probably assume, they are eating it to settle their stomach. You’re not alone in that thought. Afterall, most cats will heave a little and more likely than not bring something up. However, researchers at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have discovered some new theories.

Interesting Findings

The researchers discovered with the aid of 1,021 cat owners involved in the study, only 11% of the cats in the study refrained from eating grass when given the opportunity. Out of the cats that did eat grass, only one quarter vomited, leaving 91% of the cats that ate the grass showing no signs of vomiting at all.

The result of the study was that vomiting is the occasional by-product of eating grass, and not the objective.

Cats Eat Grass Because they Like It

So the next time you see your cat eating grass you don’t need to worry that they are feeling unwell. They are eating grass because they like it, it’s as simple as that. Giving your cats access to fresh grass is something they appreciate and enjoy. Indoor cats can benefit greatly with the addition of cat grass to the home, but why not go one better. Give your cat free access to the lush grass in your garden with the addition of cat fencing or cat enclosure. It’s the perfect way of giving your cat safe, protected outdoor access, exercise, fresh air, stimulation and plenty of grass!

Ask us about our cat containment systems by using our live chat, giving us a call or reaching out to us on the ProtectaPet Facebook page. Learn more about the recent study into why cats eat grass, here.

​How to Stop Cats Fighting

Seeing your cat fighting can be distressing, even hearing the fight or dealing with the aftermath is extremely unpleasant. Cats are territorial, it is in their nature to protect their space and mark their territories. They will use scent to try and claim their land and will fight if they feel their land is being encroached by another cat. [...]

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​How Can I Stop My Cat from Hunting?

Cats love to hunt, it’s their thing, it’s what they do. As kittens they are taught hunting behaviours from their mother and practice them on their siblings. Cats are born to hunt, which isn’t ideal in modern day homes. Yes, some cats are brought in to help control and reduce pest problems, but most cat owners are not pleased to [...]

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​Are Your Cats Taking on Your Personality Traits?

A recent study performed by Nottingham Trent University and the University of Lincoln suggests there’s a link between cat owner personalities and the behaviour and the general well-being of their cats. The report surveyed 3000 of mainly UK based cat owners.It is known that the personality of the parents can have an affect on their children’s personality. The study is [...]

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​Ways to Help Reduce Aggression Between Neighbourhood Cats

Cats sometimes get on perfectly. Cats that bond will spend time together, eat together, cuddle up together and the home will be filled with harmony. Even cats that aren’t in the same family group can bond, although less likely. Most often, stranger cats will learn to tolerate each other, create their own territory or share the same one with [...]

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5 ​Tips to Prevent Cats from Hunting

Cats are natural born hunters, and some seem to love the hunt more than others. Many cat owners never have to deal with removing a dead mouse off the floor or helping a live bird back out the window. Other cat owners can find numerous victims each day, especially in the spring and summer. Cats hunt a wide variety [...]

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How to Introduce a New Cat to the Family

Introducing cats can be a stressful experience for both you and your cats. It's useful to be prepared when getting a new cat to know how to introduce it and make your cats as comfortable as possible. Making your new cats meet too quickly with no preparation can make them feel scared and lead to fighting, and their first [...]

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​Is my Cat Sleeping too Much?

Anyone who has ever owned a cat knows that they all love their nap time. However, most owners don’t think about that their cat might be sleeping too much and is becoming too lazy for their own good. Cats can sleep from 12-20 hours a day, but knowing how much sleep is too much sleep for your kitty is [...]

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How to Help your Cats Get Along

We all know that some cats struggle to play nice. People who own more than one cat will know that they will fight sometimes and may end up hurting each other. However, there are ways to encourage your cats to get along and stop fighting.There are multiple reasons that your cats might fight, and it can be prevented if [...]

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​Does Your Cat Really Love You?

If you ask most cat owners whether their cat loves them or not most of them will be able to tell you the answer with confidence. As cat owners, we know our cats characters, their likes and dislikes and it’s pretty easy to tell if they love you or not. Now science is backing up our inbuilt instincts. The University [...]

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