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catmom5
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« on: September 28, 2007, 02:48:46 PM »

I just have a question for all of you.  Does a cat eating grass ALWAYS mean an upset stomach?  CJ has been grazing quite a bit these past couple of weeks, but no vomiting.  She just wants to go out and eat grass.  Since she has had all of the health problems (ARF, possible IBD, bacterial peritonitis, anorexia when sick, elevated liver enzymes) I absolutely panic when she does something like this.  Any thoughts?
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Laurie
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2007, 03:15:10 PM »

  catmom5, There is no one definitive answer as to why cats sometimes eat grass. Some say it is eaten to provide fiber to dislodge hairballs. Other reasons could be to make themselves vomit, to relieve a stomach ache, or to relieve an inflammation of the throat. It has also been suggested that they may eat grass because they may be in need of folic acid. Some cats just enjoy the taste! There are organic grass kits just for cats that can be grown indoors.
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2007, 03:39:21 PM »

If this is new behavior perhaps a vet check-up would be good(?) However, my vet once said to let them eat all the grass they want - so long as it hasn't been sprayed with chemicals and insecticides. When I tried to grow the "Cat Grass" kits inside, it was always eaten down to the dirt by the cats, who were in robust health.
It's good that you are watching carefully when she eats grass. For anyone who has a grass nibbler, it's probably safer to grow the grasses for cats indoors from a kit than to let them graze outside unless they are carefully supervised. This is just my opinion, but there are many plants both cultivated and wild, that are toxic to cats and are sometimes found in yards. This partial list is from Wendy Christensen's Book, Outwitting Cats: alfalfa, buttercup, Easter lily, iris, English ivy, evergreen, fern, honeysuckle, pokeweed, and wisteria. There are many found indoors too, such as philodendron. Mine never tried to eat any of these, but they can be unpredictable. For a more comprehensive list check out the Christensen book; probably, many Internet sites are available that also have similar information.
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kaffe
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2007, 10:22:08 PM »

All the cats I've ever had would "crave" grass now and again... usually when the grass is young and tender like when there has ben a couple of days of rain. Maybe grass is the cat's equivelent to a "green salad."  Grin   Both the cats  I have now nibble on grass almost everyday sine the spring - usually one of the first things they do when let out.  Sometimes when they eat too much of the grass, they up-chuck - but that rarely happens becuase most of the time they'd stop after two or three blades.  Neither cat has had hairball problems either.  I read somewhere that it is perfectly natural for cats to eat grass every now and again... as to why, no one seems to really know. 
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2007, 07:10:40 PM »

I buy pots of pre-sprouted "kitty grass" at my local grocery store (someone around here does it at home and sells it through the grocery store, along with homegrown catnip and other treats) and Rufus is CRAZY for it.  I think it has a mixture of wheat, barley, oat, and a couple of other grasses that are safe for kitty to eat. I've been buying a pot every couple of weeks (it grows really fast and loses its green-ness once you bring it inside!) for the last year or so - I've also read that grass contains some fiber and nutrients that are very beneficial, so I think of it as "kitty salad", just like kaffe said! 
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2007, 11:02:19 AM »

I grow catnip and wheatgrass for Neko cuz I worry the neighbour's lawn chemicals seep into our grass
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2007, 07:21:56 AM »

I know that every one of my cats at one point or another has eaten grass.  I use those little trays of organic cat grass from the grocery store and I have one that goes crazy for it every time and one who can take it or leave it.   When I was a kid growing up in Michigan, we let our cats outside and all of them ate grass at some point.
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2009, 12:14:16 AM »

I have a question about grass. 

I buy kitty grass seeds in Japan but am making an order from PetSage soon so I thought I might try their organic seeds (since I'm not certain that the ones in Japan are).

The seeds they sell are a mix of alfalfa, wheat and barley.

I thought we're supposed to stay away from wheat, and I see Catwoods mentions a book that says cats should not eat alfalfa?   Huh


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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2009, 01:05:45 PM »

Hi August,

I have a book called Outwitting Cats  by Wendy Christensen. On page 278 there is a list of "Toxic, irritating, and dangerous plants for cats". Alfalfa is on that list.

Somewhere on Itchmo I seem to recall a discussion of alfalfa and whether or not it has an effect on autoimmune diseases. I can't seem to find it now. Will post if I do. Also will try to do some more research - but it will be slowly, like everything I do. Grin
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2009, 04:51:03 PM »

Hello, Catwoods,

Thank you for your post.  I wonder why makers would put alfalfa with other seeds to be grown for cat munching?

Maybe I won't order the organic seeds and just do my regular canned food.   Smiley


But if you happen across any info, I'd love to know for future orders!   Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2009, 05:34:46 PM »

I'm finding it on a number of "toxic to cats" lists:

http://www.cat-world.com.au/PlantsToxicToCats.htm

This one has (multiple exposures) after the listing:

http://www.vspn.org/Library/misc/VSPN_M01235.htm

These lists never cite scientific sources so it's hard to know the exact reasoning as to why a given plant is there. But I tend to take the lists seriously. Philodendron is listed on many, and I read a sad true anecdote in Roger Caras' book, A Cat is Watching  in which a kitty was lost after nibbling on one. Not the same plant at all, but a definite case in which the listing as toxic was correct.
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2009, 06:07:23 PM »

I'm definitely not going to buy the organic seeds with alfalfa seeds. 

I mean, why if there's even just a possibility of it being toxic, right?  My guys love to eat their "salad" so I'll stick with seeds that aren't on a list.

Many thanks for those links and information!
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2009, 06:44:54 PM »

I just found this thread where alfalfa was discussed:

http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/problems-with-alfalfa-t4182.15.html

Just to keep things interesting Grin, the viewpoints and information vary when you read through the entire thread. 
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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2009, 06:56:02 PM »

 Undecided


Guh.  lol
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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2009, 09:28:06 PM »

August sorry I just could not seem to locate that thread earlier...and I had forgotten it had such conflicting viewpoints....I had the same reaction as you...yikes.

Ten people=ten different opinions. We get ideas from all sides of a question, though, and that's good.
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