Feed Your Cats Hay

Feed Your Cats Hay
Feed Your Cats Hay

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Have you noticed how cats sometimes gnaw flowers growing on windowsills or bite bouquets of dried flowers, or gnaw brooms? Of course you did! Why, why do they do this? What do you think: is this indulgence, illness, or a normal physiological need? Immediately I answer: this is a natural physiological need of cats!

Cat eats grass (oats), photo photography
Cat eats grass (oats), photo photography

The fact is that the digestive tract of a cat is adapted to the adoption of wool, feathers, bones, since its progenitors ate rodents and birds, eating them with wool, bones and feathers. From the stomach, the useful component of the eaten food entered the intestines, and the non-digestible components (wool, feathers) were spit up by the cat, naturally, with gastric juice! And many domestic cats keep this food processing mode. From time to time, their body requires the intake of some kind of rough food (for example, grass) to "cleanse" the stomach, or rather, to normalize its work. During the moulting period, a cat, when licking its skin, swallows a lot of wool and it needs to eat grass to speed up the regurgitation process. Some people mistakenly believe that cats eat grass as a source of vitamins. No, no and NO! As for vitamins,then in natural conditions, the body of a healthy cat itself produces all the vitamins it needs, which do not enter its body along with the meat of its victims.

Cats do not eat any, the first plants they come across, but only cereal grasses (i.e. those in which a spikelet or spikelet-like spike is formed during the seed ripening period), grasses like sedge. Caring owners grow oats for their cats, which quickly produce juicy green grass. By the way, oats are the most preferred plant for many animals. Oats are eaten with pleasure, for example, by bears, especially during the period of milky-wax ripeness. And my fastidious cat sometimes happily eats burnt oatmeal made from whole grains, not seasoned with anything.

To successfully grow oat grass, you should cover the jar in which the oats are sown with a plastic bag, like a cap. Firstly, something like a mini-greenhouse is formed, in which conditions oats grow faster. Secondly, the cat does not pull out plants that have not yet rooted ahead of time and will not ruin your labors. When the grass is rooted and grows to a size that allows the cat to gnaw off the ends of the grass, you will remove the protective plastic bag. You should prepare at least four jars in order to sow oats in them at weekly intervals.

But if for some reason you do not have fresh grass for your cat, then you can satisfy its need with dried grass. In the summer on Holy Trinity (or even earlier), I cut "bouquets" of various cereal (spikelet) herbs, when the herbs are young, juicy and have not yet gone into the ear. I dry the "bouquets" indoors (not in the sun!) On several layers of paper and wrap them in newsprint. In winter, once a week I put one of the bouquets in a stand for a small tree. The cat nibbles on these bouquets whenever it pleases. For a week, or even two, such a bouquet is enough! But please do not throw grass to the cat, like a goat or a cow, just on the floor! Let the hay be decorated with a bouquet of dried grass!

Naturally, a few minutes after eating grass (juicy or dried), the cat usually has a regurgitation reflex and you need to make sure that she does this in a place where it is easy to clean up after it, for example, on a linoleum floor.

Source: Alexander Mozgovoy, "Friend" magazine

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