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The cat ate a cricket: what should I do?
The cat ate a cricket: what should I do?

Felines can have strange eating habits, in the sense that we can also offer quality cat food, but if the animal does not like it, it rejects it even if it is good.

Furthermore, the cat has an innate habit of eating insects, which worries the owners, especially if they prefer large ones like grasshoppers.

Let's find out what should be done if the cat ate a cricket or a locust in our garden.

The cat that eats insects

tabby cat sniffs flower
tabby cat sniffs flower

Most invertebrate insects are edible to cats, without any kind of long-term health impact.

This does not mean that your cat will never have stomach or general health problems after eating an insect.

It is possible that a pet can irritate the throat or digestive tract. This could cause diarrhea, for example. Overall, however, there is no need to panic if your cat eats an insect.

Why do they do it?

tabby cat in the foreground
tabby cat in the foreground

There are many reasons why a cat wants to eat an insect, such as for example a vitamin deficiency.

It is rare, but some cats want to eat insects to make up for this lack. However, as insects are small in size, they have a low protein content, so your cat won't get full.

The main reason why cats chase and eat insects is the hunting instinct. Insects jump or fly fast, which can be an irresistible temptation for cats.

In addition, cats also hunt flying animals out of curiosity, especially when they are young.

Are crickets and grasshoppers poisonous to cats?


Crickets are a very common snack for cats. These insects are noisy, abundant and offer the opportunity to hunt in tall grass.

Fortunately, crickets and grasshoppers are not toxic to your cat, but, on the contrary, they represent a super tasty and crunchy snack.

The only reason a cricket could harm your cat is if they have ingested pesticides.

Many farms cover their crops with chemicals, which kill insects to protect them. However, in most cases, this danger is very remote, unless the cat roams around cultivated fields.