Cat Grass: What is it and what are the health benefits

Cats are carnivores, meaning their natural diet consists only of meat, but introducing cat grass in to your feline’s diet may bring them health benefits to help their digestion and the passing of hairballs.

Cat grass is typically a mix of oat, rye, barley, and wheat grasses. Packed with B vitamins and niacin, plant food such as cat grass will ensure your cat gets some vitamins and fibre in the process.

Even cats who are on a healthy, balanced diet can benefit from cat grass by speeding up the digestion process due to fibre. Cat grass may be used to treat or prevent constipation and diarrhea.

Although cats are carnivores, they often eat green plants. While not an essential part of their diet, green plants are something most cats will seek out and consume regularly if they are available to them. Outdoor and country cats will have access to plants and they may munch a little daily, which is perfectly normal.

When you introduce a cat to your household, houseplants are often the first thing you may have had to identify as a potential hazard. Most cats don’t discriminate between feline-friendly greens like cat grass and catnip, and the many indoor plants that are toxic to them. Having a supply of non-toxic cat grass is beneficial for cats to munch a little daily.

Grooming themselves make cats prone to hairballs. If your cat eats grass on a regular basis it may help to prevent the build-up of hairballs in their stomach and assist in coughing them up with ease.

Cats who might have eaten something which disagrees with them, such as allergic or indigestible matter, may eat cat grass to bring on vomiting to rid their system of any potential toxins, and settle their stomach.

Growing cat grass is easy and will make sure that your cat, whether they are an indoor cat or outdoor cat, doesn’t eat toxic plants or grass that has potential poisonous pesticides or fertilisers.

Cat grass seeds or cat grass growing kits are readily available. Soak the cat grass seeds for 6 to 8 hours and place them in a cat grass planter with soil in it. Keep the planter in a dark place and water the soil daily. The grass should grow within a week. When the grass appears, you may place the cat grass planter in a sunny place, accessible to your cat.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

 

 

 

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