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Why Cats Eat Plants: The Mystery Unveiled

Black Cat Eating Plant

Ever wonder why cats seem to eat plants? They don't need to, after all. Cats are obligate carnivores, so they rely on meat protein for their dietary needs. But while cats may not need it, they certainly do love nibbling on a bit of foliage from time to time! So why do cats eat plants? Read on and the mystery will be revealed.

Fiber for Digestion & Hairballs

The first reason cats eat plants is for fiber; most cat foods are low in fiber, so cats may look to plants as an alternative source. Fiber helps keep your cat's digestion regular, and it can also help prevent hairballs from forming. In nature, wild cats would consume grasses and other plant material as part of their normal diet; housecats can mimic this behavior by snacking on grass or other safe plants like catnip and wheatgrass.
 

Vitamins & Minerals

Cats that consume plant material may also be looking for vitamins and minerals that aren't present in their diet. The acidity of certain fruits and vegetables (like oranges or carrots) may appeal to a cat's taste buds, while providing essential vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C or beta-carotene. This type of supplementing is especially important if your cat has allergies or food sensitivities that prevent them from getting all the nutrients they need out of their regular kibble!

Mimicking Hunting Behavior

Lastly, some scientists believe that eating plants is just another way for cats—especially indoor ones—to mimic their natural hunting behaviors! Cats are predators at heart, but when there's no prey available indoors they have to find new ways to satisfy those instincts. Eating grass can be one way for them to “hunt” without actually catching anything! 

Conclusion

So there you have it—three possible reasons why cats eat plants! From mimicking natural hunting behavior to supplementing their diet with vitamins and minerals, there are many reasons why your feline friend might be noshing on some greens. Of course, make sure you're only giving your kitty pet safe plants (no onions or garlic!)—but otherwise let them nibble away! Who knows? Maybe they'll even surprise you with a bouquet next time you come home!  

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