Cats will frequently eat grass – and some more so than others. Even if you feed your cat the best possible nutritional cat food, chances are your cat will still grab some grass and chew on it.  Even though cats are meat eaters, they have always eaten grass and their system is adapted to grass eating. If we think about their evolution then they would have fed on grasses from the intestines of their prey.

Cat GrassGrowing "cat grass" or “cat friendly” grasses is an excellent option to satisfy your pet's needs.  You’ll also provide them with a safer option than lawns or garden plants that may have been treated with pesticides, insecticides or fertilizers that aren’t good for your cat to ingest.  It might also prevent your cat from “pruning” your indoor plants!

Benefits of having a safe source of cat grass available include:

  • Can aid with digestion through added fibre
  • Provides niacin and vitamin B
  • Can help your cat to vomit when they need to (if they need to they won’t chew the grass which helps them to vomit)
  • Helps with hairball elimination – and if eaten regularly could also help in preventing the build-up of hairballs
  • Prevents chewing of other potentially toxic plants

Cats may not differentiate between grass and plants, and may chew on poisonous plants. Some of the most poisonous plants to cats are:

  • Tiger lilies
  • Plants from the potato family including the potato, tomato, eggplant or paprika
  • Different types of ivy
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Figs
  • Daffodils and bulb plants
  • Onion plants
  • Rhododendron

Growing grass for your cat is easy and seeds are readily available. Consider planting in low pots (so they aren’t easily knocked over).  Keep a few pots on the go and your cat will have an ongoing source of fresh cat grass.