Yes, and crickets also. Annie killed one and this long worm thing crawled out of it's body. I took it to the vet and he said it was a wire worm. Disgusting looking thing, course most parisites are. I try to feed them just before they go out and it seems to cut down on the desire to eat their "prey". I don't know about lizards and frogs. We chase them too. Not a lizard on our property that still has a tail.
---- Beth <create_me_...@yahoo.com> wrote: > 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. > > > >sent from my AT&T Smartphone by HTC > > > >----- Reply message ----- > >From: "dlgegg" <dlg...@windstream.net> > >Date: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 3:33 pm > >Subject: [Felvtalk] Why do cats eat grass? > >To: <email@example.com> > > > >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> . > >> > > > >_______________________________________________ > >Felvtalk mailing list > >Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > >http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org