On the lighter side, I have seen them eat grasshppers and crickets.  That I 
don't see much reason for.  They get their protein from their food and it 
doesn't have scratchy legs to deal with.

---- Natalie <at...@optonline.net> wrote: 
> Why Do Cats Eat Grass? 
> By Kathy Blumenstock, Animal Planet
> How often have you seen your cat happily chewing on blades of fresh green
> grass, and wondered why? You dish up the choicest cat food and offer gourmet
> treats, yet given the chance, Kitty chows down on the lawn as if she's a
> snacking racehorse. But there's little need to fret over the appeal of the
> feline salad bar, even when she throws it all up.
> Grazing in the Grass
> The juices in grass contain folic acid, a vitamin essential to a cat's
> well-being. Folic acid, also present in the mother cat's milk, aids the
> production of oxygen in the cat's bloodstream. A folic acid deficiency may
> lead to anemia, and a young cat's growth can be stunted if she doesn't get
> enough of it. Do cats instinctively know they're deficient in folic acid and
> nibble grass to right the situation? Even experts can only guess. For a cat
> who never goes outdoors, folic acid supplements are available, to be added
> to your cat's food. Your vet can advise whether your cat can benefit from
> these.
> That Laxative Appeal
> Since cats themselves can't say, experts theorize that cats eat grass as a
> natural laxative. It may add fiber and bulk to their diet, helping them pass
> worms or fur through their intestinal tract. If broader-leafed varieties
> offer a laxative effect, thinner-leafed grass induces cats to vomit. But
> veterinarians stop short of declaring grass necessary. It may assist in
> clearing things out, but healthy cats are able to process and pass matter
> out without this help. Some experts believe cats eat grass to settle their
> stomachs, much as humans pop an antacid tablet. Others say cats simply like
> the texture and taste of grass, no matter what its properties do for their
> insides.
> Heave-Ho
> After munching away on grass, a short time later, cats inevitably upchuck
> those greens. Not because they're gagging on the veggie flavor. It's because
> cats' systems do not have the correct enzymes to digest plant matter. By
> regurgitating grass, the cat also expels other indigestible items she may
> have eaten - which could include fur balls from grooming, or feathers and
> bones from any prey she has consumed. Clearing her digestive tract this way
> is healthy for the cat. It alleviates any feeling of discomfort, even if the
> process, and its end-products, may repulse her owner. So don't punish your
> cat for upchucking!
> Healthy Habit or Dangerous Delicacy?
> While eating grass may seem unappealing to you, many cats love it and it's
> not generally harmful to them. They rarely eat more than occasional small
> amounts, but if yours eats it daily or in large amounts, that could indicate
> intestinal distress that should be addressed by your vet. If your cat is an
> indoor-outdoor pet, supervise her grazing when you take her outside. Keep
> her away from grass or plants that have been chemically treated and always
> use pet-friendly lawn treatment or fertilizers. If your cat is outside most
> of the time, she could ingest toxic, pesticide-tainted grass - another good
> reason to keep your cat indoors
> <http://www.care2.com/greenliving/bringing-an-outdoor-cat-inside.html> .
> Growing your Own
> If your cat seems to enjoy the taste and texture of grass, give her a small
> grazing area of her own in your home. So-called feline herbs or
> greens-usually wheat
> <http://www.care2.com/greenliving/wheat-grass-decorative-kitty-treat.html>
> or oat grass - come pre-packaged at pet supply stores, as seeds or in
> pre-spouted form. Cats generally prefer this to regular grass and you can be
> sure it hasn't been treated. Fresh catnip is also easy to grow, and
> obviously gets cats' approval and attention. Set Kitty's private planter in
> a favorite spot that's easily accessible. You'll know she's enjoying fresh,
> safe greens. You'll also know when she's consumed them, thanks to the sound
> of feline retching that follows.
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