Q: Why do Dogs and Cats Eat Grass?
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Q: My dog eats grass and my cat eats grass too! Why do they do this? Does it mean they are sick?
A: Your Dog Eats Grass
If your dog eats grass it can be normal behavior. Dogs are omnivores and require both meat and plant material to survive. Grass is a form of roughage, which aids dogs in digestion. It is also possible that when your dog eats grass, it tastes good to him!
A: Your Cat Eats Grass
If your cat eats grass it is probably OK. Cats, unlike dogs, are carnivores. They do not need as much plant material in their diet as dogs do.
However, pet stores do carry cat grass that many cats seem to enjoy. Just as in dogs, the grass aids in digestion and may even be tasty. Just because your pet eats grass it does not necessarily mean that he is sick.
But, be very careful not to let your cat or dog eat grass that has been recently fertilized. Lawn and plant fertilizers can make your pet very sick.