Animals

Why Do Dogs And Cats Eat Grass?

It makes sense why our pets want to eat the delicious food on our plates, but why would they eat grass?

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The Evolutionary Basis for the Feeding Behavior of Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris) and Cats (Felis catus) (The Journal of Nutrition)
"Although in the wild much of their food selection behavior must focus on what to hunt, rather than what to eat, cats do modify their food preferences based on experience. For example, the "monotony effect" reduces the perceived palatability of foods that have recently formed a large proportion of the diet, in favor of foods with contrasting sensory characteristics, thereby tending to compensate for any incipient nutritional deficiencies"

Characterisation of plant eating in dogs (Applied Animal Behaviour Science)
"Overall, 68% of dogs were reported to eat plants on a daily or weekly basis with the remainder eating plants once a month or less. Grass was the most frequently eaten plant by 79% of dogs."