Lets found out why cats eat houseplants and grass, and how to help our pet to get everything for his nutrition without stress for you and flora.
So, everyone saw more than once, or even more than twice, such a picture: your beloved fluffy eats your pride with pleasure, a huge ficus. Or one more thing: a cat caught in a crime, running at full speed forward along the corridor – a flower pot upside down, the soil on the carpet, the fern that you cherished is bitten. Of course, you really want to scold the cat. Right here and now! But hold back your impulses: you probably know that the animal may just miss something in the body. Sorry, but cats don’t know how to talk, so they won’t be able to tell you about the problem. Veterinarians say that cats are in dire need of grass, so they ask you to reconsider your views on this matter.
What is the reason for eating home plants in cats?
Domestic cats, which do not have access to the street, only by nibbling houseplants, can get the missing elements. The animal is in urgent need of greens, vitamins, therefore it is not harmfulness that pushes them to do such a dirty trick to the owner. According to the second version of this behavior, cats clean their stomach with plants. This story is as old as the world and stretches from ancient times. The fact is that before cats used to eat exclusively food that was not processed or digested. It could be small rodents, insects, birds.
Together with similar “main” cats food, feathers, chitin, and wool also got into their stomach. Greens are needed in order to help the pet burp it along with the remains of elements that are not digested. Also, the cat gets rid of its own hair, which it can periodically eat in the process of washing. There are many cases where an animal with a weakened immune system may show interest in a particular type of plant. How a cat is able to determine whether this grass or flower is useful to her or not is still unknown.
Greens, which is useful for pets
Please note that on your windowsills most often are not harmless plants. For example, very beautiful, but poisonous for animals, lilies, oleander, fitter or azalea. Be careful: if the cat treats itself with such “goodies”, a fatal outcome is possible! Poisoning, indigestion, diarrhea are the most harmless symptoms after such a “menu”.
To be savvy in this matter, plant pepper or catnip, lemon balm for your pet. These plants will not harm your pet, moreover, cats are madly in love with them. Put the plant in a separate flowerpot, place it in a conspicuous place – and let your cat gnaw as much as he pleases. Also, parsley, oats, wheat, rosemary or thyme are great for cat appetites.
How to grow a cat “flowerbed”
Organizing a green clearing for a cat on your windowsill is not at all so difficult and expensive. Buy a small pot, soil, and grass seeds. Ask your veterinarian for help, specify what you can feed your pet and what not. Seeds are solding in specialized stores, you can purchase a mixture. Oats or wheat are sold in the market. Just distribute all the seeds evenly on the ground, pour and sprinkle the top of the ground: the process is running and you just have to wait.
Harmful plants for your cat
Many owners, planting decorative flowers on their windowsill, think that nothing bad will happen: well, why is this plant a fluff? Hoping for a feline instinct strong in nature, owners often underestimate it. Cats are not always able to determine a product that is safe for themselves – therefore, so many poisonings and health problems occur. So, dangerous ornamental plants include:
- Violet and many others.
Here you can find huge list of toxic house plants, that can kill a cat.
This also includes all types of bulbous plants. For example, Cyclamen is a very beautiful ornamental plant that attracts the attention of all cats without exception. For the sake of its tubers, your cat will dig up the whole pot without exaggeration… However, this tidbit for him is the most dangerous: the Cyclamen juice contains alkaloids that cause breathing problems that contribute to laryngeal edema, up to cardiac arrest.
Each of the above plants can cause irreparable harm to your furry pet. If your cats eating houseplants and green seedlings, it is better to play it safe and give poisonous species to friends or relatives without pets in the house. Read more about dengegrous foods for cats in our article. And here you can learn to examine your cats health.