There are times when a cat’s behaviour can seem very perplexing to their owners, but usually there are reasons behind your cats actions which will let you understand your cat better.
Although cats are 100% carnivores they can sometimes be seen nibbling on blades of grass. Whilst this can seem quite cute, adorable behaviour, most owners are alarmed when their cat starts regurgitating the contents of their stomach. The grass acts as an emetic, which means that it induces vomiting and serves a very useful health benefit to cats. Cats can suffer from hairballs due to grooming their fur, they also ingest feathers and bones whilst devouring prey which can be pretty indigestible. By inducing vomiting the cat is able to get rid of these unwanted items from their digestive tract, making them feel much better afterwards.
Unfortunately cats are not always great horticulturists and sometimes there may be plants in our gardens which can be quite toxic to cats. One example is lilies which is extremely poisonous to cats, so as a sensible cat owner it is a good idea to make sure your garden is safe for your feline friend and remove any plants which could pose a danger to your cats.
Grass also contains folic acid, and whilst cats do not have the necessary enzymes to digest grass, the folic acids are present in the grass juices providing your cat with this health benefit.
Another behaviour that cats display is kneading. Using their paws in a rhythmic pattern seems to send cats into raptures of joy, and some even drool whilst kneading. Kneading can be a sign of contentment and security and there are several theories as to why cats carry out this behaviour. Some experts believe that it stems from being a kitten getting milk from its mother. Kneading seems to stimulate the milk glands meaning that the kitten will be well fed. Another theory see’s kneading as an instinctual behaviour, a remnant fro when cats lived in the wild. Cats would knead down grass and other leaves with their paws in order to create a comfortable place to sleep.
For some owners kneading can be a painful process, especially if your cat does not retract his claws. keeping your cats claws clipped can help with this, but you may also want to put a blanket or cushion over your knees if your cat looks likely to settle down for a nice long knead.