Grass for cats, a necessity



The safest place to grow a cat is its own home. These animals need certain elements from their natural environment. These include grass for cats.

If you already own an apartment cat, you are more than likely aware that your plants have small traces of corners. This is because the cats start eating the plants in the house without a source of grass for cats. 

But be very careful what plants you have. By their appearance, the plants improve the look of the house, but some apartment plants are toxic to cats.

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Our felines, our budding friends are attracted to plants that resemble grass. This is due to their natural instinct that causes them to wander these plants in order to eliminate the ingested hair during the bath.

Clinical signs can range from hypersalivation to severe gastrointestinal disorders with diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, nervous disorders or kidney failure.


Currently, the list of toxic plants for cats includes over 700 different species. The probability of one of them being in our houses is quite high.


Here are some examples (plant name, toxic portion and clinical signs):

Jade tree

Crassula ovata


vomiting, apathy, ataxia (inability to coordinate) and bradycardia (slow heart rate)

Aloe Vera

Aloe Barbadensis


vomiting, apathy, diarrhea, anorexia ( lack of appetite), trembling, change of color of urine to red


Rhododendron spp

All plant

vomiting, diarrhea, excessive salivation, weakness, coma, hypotension, depression, cardiac arrest

Cardboard tree

Paulownia spp


Vomiting, intestinal hemorrhage, jaundice intense thirst, scratches, liver failure




mouth irritation, intense burning lips, tongue and mouth, meow excessively, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing.

Ear elephant

Caladium spp.


irritation to the mouth, burning sensation in the lips and tongue, meow excessively, vomiting and difficulty swallowing


Cactus spp.

All plant

irritation to the mouth and stomach and vomiting


Zantedeschia aethiopica

Leaves and stems

irritation mouth cavities, mouth burns, tongue, lips, excessive bruising, vomiting and difficulty swallowing

Indian Hemp

Cannabis indicates

All plant

depression, vomiting, ataxia, drowsiness or arousal, excessive salivation, mydriasis, hypotension, hypothermia, epileptiform seizures or even


Cyclamen Cyclamen Hederifolium



drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heartbeat, cardio-respiratory arrest


Hippeastrum Rutilum


vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, seizures, low voltage, tremors, cardiac arrhythmias

Belladonna Lily

Amaryllis belladonna


vomiting, diarrhea, pain abdominal pain, excessive salivation, tremors

Lily winter

Clivia miniata


vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, seizures, low voltage, tremors and arrhythmias anxiolytics

garden lilies

Lilium candidum


irritation to the mouth, burning of the tongue and lips, vomiting and difficulty swallowing


Chrysanthemum spp.


vomit, diarrhea, excessive salivation, skin inflammation


Dieffenbachia spp.


mouth irritation, intense burns of the tongue and lips, vomiting and swallowing difficulties


Dracena spp.


vomit with blood, depression, dilated pupils , excessive salivation, decreased appetite, stomach hemorrhage in dogs


Dracaena godseffiana


pupils dilated, dyspnea (difficulty breathing), abdominal pain, high blood pressure


Nephrolepis exaltata


contact: inflammation of the skin

ingestion: abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea


Ficus elastica


skin inflammation, irritation in the mouth, salivation and vomiting


Philodendron spp.


mouth irritation, intense burns of the tongue and lips, vomiting and difficulty swallowing


Flamingo flower

Anthurium Andreanum


irritation to the mouth, burning lips and tongue, vomiting and difficulty swallowing

Bride’s Flowers

Gypsophila spp.

All plant

vomiting and diarrhea

Flower Paradise

Strelitzia Reginae

fruits and seeds

dizziness, vomiting, drowsiness


Dianthus spp.


gastrointestinal disorders – intestinal and skin irritation


Gladiolus spp.


excessive salivation, hematemesis (vomiting blood), lethargy and diarrhea

Hosta / Lily autumn

Hosta sieboldiana


vomiting, diarrhea, depression


Hedera helix


vomiting, abdominal pain, excessive salivation, diarrhea

Ivy devil

Scindapsus spp.


irritation to the mouth, burns the tongue and lips, vomiting and difficulty swallowing


Tulipa spp.


vomiting, diarrhea and excessive salivation, convulsions, gastrointestinal irritation, kidney failure and heart problems


Nerium oleander.

Leaves, flowers

gastrointestinal irritation, hypothermia, heart problems and even death


Narcissus spp.


vomiting, diarrhea and salivation, convulsions, hypotension


Petroselinum crispum


light sensitivity and irritation to the eyes

Epipremnum Aureum


irritation to the mouth , lips and tongue, vomiting, difficulty swallowing and choking sensation


Citrus X sinensis


vomiting, diarrhea, apathy and light sensitivity


Solanum lycopersicum.




excessive salivation, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal irritation, diarrhea, lack of orientation, weakness, mydriasis, hypotension

Star Christmas

euphorbia pulcherrima

flowers, foliage

irritation to the mouth and stomach and vomiting

Little nettle

Coleus spp.


vomiting, diarrhea, depression and anorexia


Viscum album

Fruit and leaves

gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular failure, hypotension, changes in behavior, vomiting, diarrhea


Syngonium Podophyllum


irritation to the mouth, burning lips and tongue, vomiting and difficulty swallowing


Hyacinthus orientalis


vomiting, diarrhea, inflammation of the skin, allergic reactions


Primula vulgaris

flowers, foliage

vomiting and diarrhea

If your cat has ingested a toxic plant, at the first signs, take it immediately to the veterinarian. You can save his life.

My advice is to inquire about the plant you wish to buy about cat toxicity.

Here is a list of some non-toxic plants that you should not be afraid of if you allow cats access to them:

african violet 
















You are a cat lover and plants. You can grow a mini garden that will be beneficial for both you and the cat.

1. Valerian


Valeriana  (Valeriana Oficinalis) brightens any corner with its white flowers and the smell of vanilla. By consuming its root, the cat will become more playful due to the energizing effect it has;

2. Golomat


Golomat (Dactylis Glomerata) is one of the favorite plants of cats. This has the appearance of sprouted wheat and helps to eliminate the haemorrhoids;

3. Lemongrass



Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a real attraction for cats. You can buy a pot to put in a sunny place and your cat will be grateful to you;

4. The thimble of the cat



One of the healthiest plants for cats is cat thyme (Teucrium Marum). This is part of the group of aromatic plants and has a calm


ing effect and a more aromatic taste compared to the other plants

5. Wheat grass



Wheat grass (Triticum) or Oat (Avena Sativa) isappreciated by cats and has beneficial effects for digestion. It is very easy to plant and can grow up to 30 cm in pots.

6. Mate grass


The most popular plant among cats is mate grass (Nepeta Cataria). The smell emanates will revive the cat, having an energizing effect. In addition, if planted in the garden it will attract beneficial insects to the surrounding plants. If consumed it will have a calming effect, making your cat more relaxed.

But the most convenient for you and beneficial for your cat, is to buy special bowls and seeds of cat grass, from specialized stores. Thus the cat has at its disposal all year round this grass. It grows very fast (15-20 days) I know this because I use it.

Here are some online stores from where you can buy it quickly and without a headache:

From Zooplus :

Look for “cat grass” where the requested product is requested (immediately after “Zooplus”)


100g Nibble Grass Rabbit & Small Pet Food










From Amazon:


I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?




28 Replies to “Grass for cats, a necessity”

  1. Thanks a lot for such an amazing review about Grass for cats and explanations are given.

    I read many articles on this blog, all were good, but this is the best. Since reading this blog I have bought many things for my cat, and they think they like it.

    Thanks again and keep in touch!

  2. To tell you the truth, I did not know there were so many types of grass cats like. My parents keep cats; I will share your article with them as I know they will appreciate whatever they can do for their cat. 

    She’s an older cat, so they are always trying to cover her needs. Amazing that grass works in so many different ways. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. This would be great for my cat! She loves grass and I think that she would enjoy it.  I have seen these before but wasn’t very sure about them.  I also would have to find a place to put it where my dog wouldn’t be able to eat it.  I am definitely going to order one and see how well it works in the house.  Thanks again for the information.  I learned a lot from reading this.  

  4. I totally agree with your points that cats are usually drawn to the elements of their natural habitat of which grasses are an obvious inclusion. Like you stated, it then becomes a necessity for cat owners to be very selective of the kind of plants they allow in their homes as some might be toxic to cats. I have to say that i always learn something whenever I visit your blog.

    Thanks for sharing

  5. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you like my blog. I would be glad if you buy more stuff for your cat, to do it through my site. That would help me fund my site. Thanks.

  6. Thank you for your comment. The cat also needs grass. Thus, it regulates its digestion, eliminates the haemorrhoids and solves some minor discomforts. I think your parents already know that.

  7. Thank you for your comment. If you have a dog, he can also eat. The grass works the same for the dog and the cat. I also have dogs. In an area of ​​the garden sow the grass of the cat. When they need it, they go and eat.

  8. Thank you for your comment. I am glad to find out that you always find news on my blog. I would be happy to follow him further.

  9. Many thanks and explanations were given for such an amazing review about cat swallowing. Your writing skills were so awesome, so good, so nice, wonderful, interesting and informative.

    Frankly, I didn’t know that there were many types of grass cats here. My parents keep cats; I will share my articles with them because I know they will appreciate everything they can do for their cat.I read many articles on this blog, all was good, but this is the best. I love reading this article and reading this article I learned a lot about cats and the cat in our house, and I remember reading this article and found valuable information and I hope other people. This article will be nice and other people will benefit from reading this article and they are cats people will know that he can share his feelings with his family by reading this article. Since reading this blog I have bought a lot of things for my cat and they think they like it.Reading this article has touched my heart and I again thank you so much for giving me this valuable information

  10. Thank you very much for this valuable article! Because of your article, I have become more careful about planting grass in my yard. Because I was afraid, an undesirable thing happened to my cat. So far, I didn’t know that grass was a threat to cats like chocolate . 

    However, after reading your article, there comes a question in my mind “Do cats also eat grass besides cat food?”
    I became very curious about this. And is there anything else I also need to pay attention besides grass, chocolate for my cats?


  11. Thank you much for such an informative post about cats! I have no idea that some plants are toxic for my Snow Snow. You see my Snow Snow goes to the bathroom out in the backyard so he is roaming and eating bunch of grass and he did come back and vomit a few times! Omg I had no idea! He could be poisoned! Thank you for the list of the grass that is good for him. I wonder if the Mate grass is the same thing as yerba mate.. wheat grass will be good as well as I can also reap the benefits 🙂


  12. Thank you for your comment. For cats, chocolate is toxic, I never have to give them. The grass must be available and when they feel the need, they will eat.

  13. Thank you for your comment. Yerba Mate-botanical name: Ilex paraguariensis is the same with mate grass.

    Take care Snow Snow where she walk. When he vomits, he incurs something that does she no good.

  14. It is easy to declare that eating cats green will solve the desired problems, such as various diseases or allergies to something they have eaten. Grass reduces the negative effects of such discomfort.People with eager problems often do not know whether they are glad or tormented by desire after eating something. The cat may be solving the problem by eating grass. The herb gives a sense of feeling or makes them return, depending on the nature of the stomach problem.

  15. Wow, I had no idea so many plants were toxic to cats.  In fact, the thought of plant toxicity never entered my mind until now.

    Sadly, I don’t have a cat of my own because I’m deathly allergic.  That said, many try to greet me (I’m not sure if they’re friendly or if they know and have an ulterior motive, LOL).

    My friend rescues cats all the time.  I think she has about 14 on her property now.  For the most part, they are in/out cats and can come and go as they please.  The only time this isn’t the case is when they’re first brought to her home.  She keeps them indoors until their comfortable with their surroundings and the other animals, etc.

    I’m going to share this post with her so she can compare your list with the plants she has (as she loves plants) just to be sure she’s good to go.

    Thank you for this,


  16. Thank you for sharing this very valuable safety tip about cats. 

    I had no idea there were so many toxic plants that could really harm Cats. I’ve never owned a Cat but we do have a free-roaming Bunny we love a lot. So, in a different way we have to keep him safe as well by making sure there is nothing he can get chew on that could harm him. 

    If you don’t mind, I would love to share your post with my good friend? She loves her cat and has a lot of plants in her house. This will be really very helpful for her to read. 

    Thank you for sharing this very important safety tip about cats! 

    Great Website!

  17. I really appreciate your work and want to thank you for all this useful information.

    For our European cat we use Golomat grass. I mean, since I was a little kid and I saw the cat go to the grass, my grandmother always said she had headaches. It’s a little funny but we really believed. I want to say that in my grandmother’s house there was always grass for cats and she helped me that Golomat grass is the best for them. 

    All the best,


  18. I am more of a dog person but it is nice to know which plants are toxic to cats so that I know not to have them around. Are these same plants toxic to dogs as well and does this same ideology of plants apply to dogs. Which of these plamts are toxic to dogs as well and why?

  19. Thank you so much for sharing with us such a beautiful article.It’s definitely great for cats.Because there are some cats who like grass and I think the cat will enjoy it a lot.I have a cat in my house and I’m so glad that I’ve been looking for articles like this for a long time.Revenue I would like to thank you for such an article.The spirit’s effort was truly remarkable and it is amazing that these grasses are beautiful in that you do a variety of things.I need to find a place like this so that these trees don’t get damaged and I can afford it.I like Mate grass a lot and I will definitely be collecting it.I thought it was healthy for my cat.I have been collecting your article for the future and I will pass it on to my friends as well.

  20. It is a very valid article and information. We have two cats at home, one kitten only two months young. From that list, which plants are not recommended to be kept at home, we have about half that. For example, the Jade tree has always been at our house, and there was one for parents. I haven’t seen my cats particularly interested in this plant, but perhaps to remove it? Thanks for the post.

  21. Thank you for your comment. The cat can adjust certain problems by eating grass. This is related to the time when they were living in the wild. That is why it is imperative to always have grass available.

  22. Thank you for your comment. Your friend should always have cat grass. Thus, cats will eat it and will not “attack” plants that are toxic to them. As for you, if you are allergic to cats, there are breeds for the allergic: cats without hair, for example the Sphinx breed.

  23. Thanks for the comment and for the appreciation. I don’t know much about rabbits but there are definitely plants that are toxic to them. So, you care about his health.

  24. Thank you for your comment. Golomat is a perennial fodder plant. Sometimes used as a lawn. I do not know him but I know that cats eat grass and pleasure. So I think Goloma is good too. From the experience of your grandmother we must all learn.

  25. Thank you for your comment. In the text I gave some examples. There are 700 plants that are toxic to cats. Most of them are toxic to dogs, too. Some exceptions include: White, orange, pink, tiger, primrose.

  26. Thank you for your comment. If your cat will have grass all the time, it will not “attack” the plants that are toxic to it. For example, I have hyacinth in the garden, but my cats do not touch it, they have mate grass available.


  27. Thank you for your comment. If cats have grass at their disposal, my opinion is that they should not give up Jade tree. Cats do not notice if they have grass. All the best to 

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