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Can Cats Eat Wheatgrass? Vet-Reviewed Benefits & Facts

Written by: Kerry-Ann Kerr

Last Updated on June 20, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

Can Cats Eat wheat grass

Can Cats Eat Wheatgrass? Vet-Reviewed Benefits & Facts


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If you have a dog, chances are you’re used to asking them what they have in their mouths. On the other hand, cats can be a little fussier about what they eat, but some nibble the edges of plant leaves if they’re curious enough. Thankfully, if you have wheatgrass in your home, it’s safe for your cat to eat occasionally.

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What Is Wheatgrass?

Wheatgrass is used in smoothies and juice recipes, and you can also get it as a supplement or in powdered form in most grocery or health food stores. It’s the newly sprouted leaves from wheat plants, and it’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Cats enjoy the taste, and unlike many other plants, they happily munch on wheatgrass, which is why it’s commonly used in cat grass.

Does that mean that all cat grass is made of wheatgrass? No; cat grass can be made of any plant, such as rye, oats, barley, or wheat. When shopping for wheatgrass for your cat, look for an organic product so you can be confident it won’t be sprayed with herbicides, as these are toxic to cats. You can also buy a kit and grow your own at home.

Fresh grow wheatgrass plants
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Benefits of Wheatgrass

It might seem strange to give your cat wheatgrass, especially since they need animal protein rather than plant protein. However, we’ll discuss the benefits of eating grass below.

  • Aids digestion: Wheatgrass is an excellent source of fiber, which promotes a healthy gut. It helps cats prone to constipation and can also clear out hairballs.
  • Enriches the environment: Indoor cats can benefit from cat grass, as they cannot interact with their environment like an outdoor cat or graze on natural foliage. It’s a fantastic way to bring the outdoors into your home safely.

Are There Any Risks to Be Aware of?

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If your cat eats too much wheatgrass, they may vomit or have diarrhea. If they eat the live plant, they might also be encouraged to nibble other plants in the house. Although giving them grass to nibble on might prevent them from nibbling on others, it could go either way. So, moving your plants somewhere your cat can’t reach might be a good idea.

You might also wonder if cats with a gluten intolerance can eat wheatgrass, and the answer is yes! Wheatgrass is harvested in such early stages that it doesn’t contain any gluten.

Wheatgrass is suitable for most cats, even kittens or cats with health problems like diabetes. However, it should not replace your cat’s regular diet. If you’re unsure if it’s suitable for your cat, contact your vet for advice.

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How to Serve Wheatgrass to Your Cat

As we’ve already mentioned, cat grass isn’t one specific plant. Instead, it’s a mixture of seeds grown indoors specifically for cats to eat. However, you can certainly buy wheatgrass by itself and use it as cat grass. Your cat can eat the live plant if they enjoy doing so, or you can clip grass from the plant and serve it to your cat mixed into their food.

Cute cat licking fresh green grass on white surface
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Final Thoughts

Feeding your feline grass might seem unusual, but cats love wheatgrass. Eating it has many recognized benefits; it’s an excellent source of fiber, can help clear out hairballs, promotes GI health, and enriches their diet. If your cat can’t be trusted to help themselves, you can still sprinkle some on their regular food for a nutritious boost!

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