Be careful. They can get parasites from some bugs such as moths

"molvey...@hotmail.com" <molvey...@hotmail.com> wrote:

>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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