Dogs and cats eat lawn grass or other plants because they need to vomit.

Dogs and cats eat grass in your yard primarily because it is there. Young Animals investigate the world around them by watching, listening, smelling, touching tasting almost everything they encounter. Although our pets are classified as carnivores, or meat eaters, it may be natural to supplement their diets with plant materials. They can develop a preference for the taste or texture of an alternative food. Nibbling on plants is probably unrelated to any dietary deficiency and does not imply a need for more bulk or fiber content in their diet.

It is common to see dogs or cats occasionally eat some form of plant matter and regurgitate moments later. This suggests, but does not prove, that the individual intentionally sought out and swallowed the plant to induce vomiting. It is equally possible that an animal feeling nauseated or bloated might seek to ingest something it might not otherwise eat.

Eating plants may be normal in healthy pets. It is also seen in individuals with a variety of medical disorders, although this is not a specific marker for any one disease. Abdominal discomfort caused by the ingestion of spoiled food or the presence of internal parasites, for example, may be associated with a pet’s interest in consuming unusual things. On the other hand, gastrointestinal distension could suppress a pet’s appetite altogether. If your pet’s attraction to lawn grass or other plants occurs daily and is associated with vomiting, diarrhea or weight loss, your veterinarian should be consulted without delay.