IT’S not uncommon for dogs and cats to eat the odd bit of grass, which really isn’t a major concern. Sometimes these animals also throw up grass after eating it.
The question is, when should we be worried?
When it comes to grass, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional “chew and spew”. What matters is the context. If your pet is otherwise well, maintains an excellent appetite and episodes are infrequent, you probably don’t need to be concerned. If the vomit only happened after you brought home a pot of cat grass, the vomit looks grassy, and your cat is bouncing around, then the vomit is probably no big deal.
If your pet shows signs of nausea – liplicking, drooling, food-aversion or adopting unusual postures – you should consult your vet. There may be grass in the vomit, but in animals with nausea there is likely an underlying reason.
Similarly, pets that become very lethargic, suffer from an altered appetite or change in thirst, or those that experience weight loss, should have a check-up. The presence of grass may be a “red herring”.
Always consult a veterinarian if your pet continues to vomit. Remember not every plant in the garden is safe for pets.
Most grasses are fine, but plants such as lilies can be toxic to cats. Read her blog smallanimaltalk.com