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Is Sudan Grass Toxic For Cats?

Is Sudan Grass Toxic For Cats
Written by Clair Chesterman

Sudan grass is not poisonous to cats. It is also included in the list of non-toxic plants categorized by ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

This plant is safe for cats as there are no traces of toxic substances found in it. However, even though it is classified by ASPCA as a safe plant, this should not be a reason for cat owners to let their cats feed on this plant.

Can Cats Eat Sudan Grass?

Sudan grass might be classified as a safe plant but it is not advisable for cats to eat this plant. Cat meals should be protein-based because they are obligate carnivores. It is tough for carnivorous species to digest plant materials thus, plants should be avoided as much as possible.

While Sudan grass is safe, you should keep in check that your cat will not eat excessive quantities of this plant. Otherwise, they may suffer from indigestion or other GI problems. This condition may induce cats to vomit and have diarrhea. 

It is also possible for some cats to have allergic reactions to certain plants. Plants can have different effects on our feline companions. If you are in doubt about what your kitty has eaten, talk to a veterinarian soonest.

What is a Sudan Grass?

Depending on the variety and growing conditions, Sudan grass can be a hardy tufted annual or a brief-lived perennial with unbranched culms. It typically has strong prop roots and mostly puberulent to briefly pilose nodes. The leaf sheaths of Sudan grass are typically glabrous, and waxy, with a prominent, pale midrib and scabrous margins.

Eastern Africa’s tropical and subtropical regions are home to the Sudan grass. In honor of its families, it may also be referred to as Sorghum bicolor or Sorghum arundinaceum. According to some authorities, all three species are S. bicolor subspecies.

The plant is grown for forage or as a cover crop in Southern Europe, South America, Central America, North America, and Southern Asia.

Keeping Cats Away From Sudan Grass

Felines typically mark their territory by peeing in an area.  As soon as you notice urine spray, wash the walls or doors in question. To remove territorial markers and stop recurrent spraying, clean with an odor neutralizer.

Cats can be helped to break their connection with your garden by giving them a gentle spritzing with water from a spray bottle. Sprinkler systems that detect motion can also help in deterring cats.

Keeping your cat well-fed and entertained indoors will also prevent them from wandering outdoors. Outdoor cats are more likely to encounter plants that can pose a threat to them. Moreover, bored and hungry cats are also highly likely to eat plants either indoors and outdoors.

Plants to Avoid For Your Cats

If you are a cat owner and unsure if the plants growing in your yard are harmful to your cats, check out this list of toxic plants for cats. You can also check our list of non-toxic plants for cats.

About the author

Clair Chesterman

Clair Chesterman is a professional cat breeder having her own cageless CFA and CCA Registered cattery & fostering company FluffyMeowPaws in Eugene, Oregon. Clair is a plant enthusiast too and she made in-depth research on toxic and non-toxic plants for cats.