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Can cats eat grass?
Many people believe that they should feed their cats whole grains like wheat. These people are actually feeding their cats grass. What exactly is grass?
In recent years there has been a move to feeding “healthier” foods like whole grains, but at what cost? Can cats eat grass? Can cats eat grass if it is labeled organic?
The answer is no.
Grass is considered to be a weed or it is a nuisance to other plants. Grass is not a food and cats should never eat grass. When looking at the labels on food products “grass” does not mean whole grains, but rather something that is chopped or ground up like straw.
Cats are omnivores and their ability to eat grass is much like people, some do not want to eat it and others find it highly desirable. Grass is most times eaten in the form of hay or the stems of grasses. Grass is considered a good source of protein and fiber.
When choosing the right food for your cat you should look for “certified organic” foods. The term organic can be confusing but when it comes to cats it should be a priority. There are many health benefits to feeding organic food for cats, but grass is not organic.
Grass is a form of food made up of carbohydrates, but most grass is made up of stem cells.
When cats eat grass they are actually eating the plants the grasses are the roots and the stems of the grass. In fact the amount of protein in grass is about 8 times higher than the amount of protein in ground beef.
When grass is eaten the majority of the stem cells are not broken down and absorbed in the cat’s system. The grass in itself is an excellent source of protein for a cat, but after it is broken down the stem cells are destroyed. Stem cells in grass are not the whole grain that you see in ground beef. The stem cells in grass do have good nutritional values, but as a whole plant it does not have them. The protein content is less and the fat content is higher.
Stem cells are made of the protein gluten. Gluten causes health problems in people and in cats, so the consumption of stem cells is bad for the cat.
When a cat eats grass he is actually eating a combination of stems and a plant. Stems are considered plants because they are vascular (meaning they have roots and stems). They look similar to the stems of grass in that they have water and energy (nutrients) running through them. It is a combination of the stems and leaves that are eaten when a cat eats grass.
When grass is ground and added to the cat’s food it is broken down and more stems and plant matter are added to the food. You cannot have grass that is not organic and then add it to a cat’s food. There are other problems with this, more on that in a minute.
If your cat is eating grass you need to cut it up into small pieces, grind it with other kibble and give it to your cat. Don’t give it to your cat as “grass” as that is a combination of stems and leaves.
You can look for a company that has a gluten-free kibble that your cat will eat, this is not always possible. If your cat does eat grass, you need to use a different source.
Stem Cell Food
Gluten-free kibble, like other foods, contains gluten and it’s hard to imagine that they are safe for a cat. Stem cells in grass are not the whole grain that you see in ground beef. The stem cells in grass do have good nutritional values, but as a whole plant it does not have them. The protein content is less and the fat content is higher. If you wish to use this as an option you need to look for a company that has a gluten-free cat food.
The company has to be certified for that. You do not want to try and force your cat to eat grass. As your cat gets older you will find that they will not eat grass.
If you do not want to go the cat food route, then you can mix grass in with cat treats. You need to be sure that you use the stem cells in a cat treat and not the whole plant and use a few stems at a time.
You can feed your cat grass that has been dried or frozen. This is an option that you should try before you add the cat to anything that has grass in it.
Your cat may eat the dried grass first, but if it does not, then you need to supplement it with something else. You will find that your cat may not eat frozen grass, it will be a little more difficult to chew.
You can mix this grass with an un-cooked dry food. You may have to try this option to find out if your cat will eat it.
As you can see, there are many ways that you can feed your cat grass. Be sure to do the research. This is important to avoid any serious issues that your cat may have to deal with. Make sure that you have a healthy relationship with your cat.
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