Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 9, 2023 by Crystal Uys
Eating grass and plants is a relatively common behavior for cats, but theories as to why they do this vary widely. After interviewing more than 1,000 cat parents, researchers at UC Davis suggested that eating plants is instinctual and comes with an evolutionary benefit to felines. Their theory, as reported at the annual convention of the International Society for Applied Ethology in Bergen, Norway, is that eating grass helps animals expel intestinal parasites by increasing muscle activity in the digestive tract. For more about the study, visit Science Magazine.
If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we offered suggestions on how to calm a fearful cat, on Tuesday, we celebrated Allegra’s 10th birthday, on Wednesday, we featured the fifth installment in our series Yochabel’s Wisdom, on Thursday, we reviewed Longevity raw cat food, and on Friday, we featured the Texts from Mittens calendar.
The clever kitty in today’s video figured out how to drink from a water cooler. I suppose it’s better than having to leave a faucet on for your cats all day long (raise your hand in a comment if you do this!)
Have a great weekend!
About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.