Cyprus grass: a suitable nibble for a cat?

Cyprus grass: a suitable nibble for a cat?

Sharp-edged leaves - a source of danger

Cats love to nibble on certain plants. You need that for your health too. Would the Cyprus grass be a suitable plant? Although this popular houseplant is not poisonous, it poses a danger to cats that should not be underestimated. Their leaves are hard and, depending on the variety, extremely sharp-edged.

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When cats injure themselves ...

The Cyprus grass is often attractive to cats. But be careful: if you bite off some of it and swallow the parts whole, you run the risk of endangering your health. If cats nibble too often on Cyprus grass, it could lead to gastric mucosal irritation and even gastric mucosal inflammation.

The sharp edges of the leaf can also injure the cat's esophagus. This is especially true if the cat chokes up the Cyprus grass that has not been chewed up. You can tell that your cat has been injured by a red sputum (contains blood). In the worst case, it can even be fatal.

It is therefore advisable not to buy Cyprus grass in the first place - at least not if you own a cat. Alternatively, these options are available:

  • Put Cyprus grass out of reach
  • Do not take your eyes off your cats nibbling on the plant
  • prefer to buy special cat grass, which is also designated as such


Of all species, the dwarf cyprus grass (Cyperus alternifolius 'Nana') is best suited for cats, if any. The reason: It has extremely delicate leaves with no sharp edges.