aids in digestion and prevents constipation and bowel obstruction
improves the supply of vitamins, especially in the winter
facilitates the regurgitation of indegestible hair balls that pass through the gastrointestinal tract after the cats clean their fur.
is a durable, decorative houseplant with interesting inflorescences.
Common Cat Grass (Cyperus alt. 'Zumula')
Indispensable as a feed supplement for cats, rodents and birds:
Small animals and birds use the cat grass as a full feed. It contains valuable vitamins and folic acid.
Cats also need fresh grass due to health reasons: it facilitates the regurgitation of indigestible hair balls that pass through the gastrointestinal tract after cleaning fur or catching prey, which can otherwise cause bowel obstruction. This is not a problem in the winter, but must be taken into account throughout the year in all homes where cats live.
When cats do not find grass, it is possible that they will eat houseplants. This is not only annoying, but it can also lead to health problems for the cats when chemically treated plants or plants that are poisonous by nature are eaten.
This problem is encountered by providing the cat with suitable cat grass.
Botany and origin
Cat grass (Cyperus zumula) is a monocotyledon (monocot). It belongs to the Cyperaceae family. The Cyprus grasses form a large genus with over 600 species.
The genus name Cyperus was already used for the Cyprus grass by Pliny the Elder (AD 23 – August 25, AD 79); the name is derived from the Greek kýperon, which described a water or meadow plant with aromatic roots. Cyprus grass originates from Madagascar and Mauritius, two islands in the Indian Ocean. There are wide, hot and humid marshlands in this region.
Location and care
It is best to keep cat grass indoors in a bright, sunny location. A south-facing window is best suited.
Water abundantly: the root ball should never dry out completely! There can be standing water in the saucer, even over longer periods.
Temperatures between 18°C and 25°C are optimal; cool locations below 15°C should be avoided. In the summer your Cyprus grass thrives outdoors splendidly. The plants then only need a short acclimatisation period: do not put them in the full sun during the first few days.
Cats prefer the type Cyperus zumula. Often, however, only simple wheat is offered as a cat grass. You should pay attention to this!
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