My cats will eat bugs after they are done chasing and torturing them.  I 
assumed it was because their instinct tells them to devour their prey.  It's 
disgusting.  I have to turn away.

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----- Reply message -----
From: "dlgegg" <dlg...@windstream.net>
Date: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 3:33 pm
Subject: [Felvtalk] Why do cats eat grass?
To: <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>

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> .
> 

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