The Benefits of Wheatgrass for Pets!
I have often caught my cat, Curie, coming in after a long day of doing cat stuff with blades of lawn grass stuck in her jaws and whiskers, or I have come into the kitchen and caught her nibbling on my tray of wheatgrass growing on the counter. Sometimes she will vomit afterward, sometimes not. What could this mean? Why is she eating grass? Will it hurt her? Is it a sign that my cat is sick?
The reason most cats eat grass and then proceed to regurgitate is because it helps aid in their digestion. You see, cats lack certain enzymes that digest vegetable matter; so, the fibers in grass act as a cleanser for a cat’s stomach, pulling out matter that the feline may be struggling to digest such as hairballs. Sometimes, the cat may resist vomiting in order to cleanse their intestines, making the grass work as a natural laxative. In short, grass is not harmful to your cat. In fact, it is healthy for your cat to consume a fair amount of grass, and can especially benefit from consuming wheatgrass.
Wheatgrass contains Vitamins E and B which work to strengthen the immune system, stimulate the nervous system, and prevent heart disease. The Chlorophyll and Folic Acid in wheatgrass cleanses the liver and blood by aiding in the production of hemoglobin, the protein that moves oxygen through the blood. Wheatgrass is believed to increase vitality and stamina, combat free radicals, and even reduce body odor. All of the benefits that a human receives from consuming wheatgrass juice, so do the cats who eat the grass, but what about dogs? Does wheatgrass benefit the health of dogs in the same way? Short answer: Yes.
Dogs are also known to munch on lawn grass, for possible varying reasons: it simply tastes really good, a way to pass time, or similar to cats, works as a digestive aid. Even though, we are not 100% sure why dogs like to eat grass, the health benefits of incorporating wheatgrass into their diet is astounding.
Tom Stem, a dog breeder from Ontario, began mixing wheatgrass pulp in with their dog food, believing that his wife recovered from breast cancer through the consumption of wheatgrass juice. He noticed the energy and well-being of his dogs increase, and he noticed rashes that some of the canines were experiencing heal rapidly after implementing wheatgrass into their diet. Working with a local veterinarian, Tom Stem, adopted a terminally-ill dog with cancer and started feeding it the same way he’d fed the others. In a few weeks, the dog began to regain its mobility, and within four months the dog was completely mobile, strutting around Stem’s farm. Even though, the dog eventually died from the cancer, it was able to live nine months longer than what was initially expected, and not only just live but live happily as a dog should. Read the article here: http://drwheatgrass.com/assets/DOGS-PROVE-WHEATGRASS-WORKS.pdf
After learning of the health benefits of wheatgrass for pets, I’ve begun to grow a small square tray of wheatgrass just for my cat. She seems to enjoy taking small nibbles here and there, rubbing her face on the blades and scampering off. I’ve witnessed first-hand how providing a good source of wheatgrass for my pet (next to her food) has increased her energy and her happiness in my apartment.
- Jordan Freytag