Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Grass eaters

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Even though cats are obligate carnivores and don't usually volunteer to eat fruit or vegetables, they do like to eat grass. 

Eating grass is a normal behaviour in cats yet not fully understood – the general understanding is that it helps to move food or hairballs through the digestive tract (either up or down as grass eating often results in vomiting).

It may also provide them with essential trace elements in their diet, so it is recommended that cats without access to grass outside are provided with a source indoors. This can be a commercial pack of 'cat grass' or a pot in which grass seeds or grass from the garden can be grown. 

Indoor cats without access to grass may chew other potted plants they would usually ignore or avoid and which may be poisonous. Make sure you don't have any lilies in pots or vases in your home.

More information on Poisonous plants available here.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


pheromone kitten new kitten fluid pills desexing xylitol kidney disease indoor cats health check worming body language home visit cat friendly radioactive iodine cat flu senior odour sense of smell carrier rash mass chlamydia spey panadeine pill dental check diuretics foreign body wet litter breathing difficult unsociable calicivirus behaviour introduction urinating bladder snake bite fever virus rough play ulcers insulin bad breath comfortis appetite blood hungry runny nose holes in teeth free activity echocardiography behaviour change home feline enteritis sick cat christmas enemies stiff skin cancer strange behaviour allergy, house call high blood pressure massage eye ulcer toxic restless feliway cat worms tumour jumping pet insurance best clinic hearing hunters plants cat fight ulcer tooth nails on heat whiskers gifts lilies stress heart disease African wild cat best vet constipation advantage itchy painful blood in urine arthritis return home hunter brown snake drinking more pred hole signs of pain conflict food puzzles in season bump heavy breathing headache euthanasia sudden blindness sensitive stomach learning eye infection rub cranky thiamine deficiency panleukopenia weight physical activity blocked cat blind appointment pain killer vomiting noisy breathing grooming holes dry food cat anaemia open night mince fireworks thirsty obese award feline AIDS lick marking cancer vomit straining bite hard faeces panamax plaque anxiety cognitive dysfunction litter flea prevention petting cat pet hyperactive introducing cough diet fat poisonous spraying holidays examination blindness face rub gasping snuffles corneal ulcer joints tablet train liver old snake furballs head drinking a lot scratching post rolls desex lilly pain meows a lot cortisone kidney opening hours hairball Canberra Cat Vet exercise eyes skinny abscess visit vaccination obesity tick spray hiding blue wool hypertrophic cardiomyopathy panadol heaing tapeworm panleukopaenia AIDS paralysed love new cat competition blood pressure dental treatment training check-up sick stare into space cystitis holiday kidneys biopsy mycoplasma flu depomedrol intestine seizures ribbon skin cat vet worms aspirin weight loss cat enclosures thyroid not eating prednisolone goodbye cat containment urination new year kittens bed old cat paralysis cage hyperthyroidism mouth breathing introductions collapse crytococcosus cta fight introduce ACT client night teeth salivation snot breeder eye yowling tartar fight roundworm paracetamol information night hunting enteritis pet meat dymadon best veterinarian vaccine lame lymphoma urinating outside litter poisoning poison grass fear socialisation attack sore prey asthma sore eyes checkup IBD kitten play snakebite cryptococcosis string polish enclosure New Year's Eve changed poisons paralysis tick fits litter box twitching FIV unwell lump sun scratching groom Canberra weight control fleas computer renal disease when to go to vet sneeze touch vet visit diarrhoea photo competition dental abscess,cat fight vocal sensitive revolution urine furball snakes sucking wool fabric slow urine spraying best cat clinic Hill's Metabolic vision dementia moving flea treatment RSPCA rigid head sore ears catoberfest urinating on curtains or carpet pica pancreatitis bladder stones aggression scale pain relief diabetes outdoor cat dilated pupils nose scabs snuffle hospital decision to euthanase adipokines off food change inflammatory bowel disease feline herpesvirus kitten deaths senses hunched over cat enclosure annual check runny eyes FORLS aggressive toxins aerokat antiviral ulcerated nose tradesmen permethrin discount blockage cat behaviour kibble antibiotics scratch castration microchip mental health of cats poisonous plants wobbles allergy lily open day hypertension overweight birthday herpesvirus blood test cat history


A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions